Bur oak – Quercus macrocarpa
The Bur oak grows to towering heights. You could think of it as representing Texas where “everything’s bigger in Texas” because the tree is big, the leaves are big, & the acorns are big! Large acorns give it the scientific species name of macrocarpa, which means “big fruit.” This tree provides deep shade so plant one now so you & your family will still be able to enjoy its cooling effects & majesty.
Honey Mesquite is a common tree in our area. It tends to invade pastures & grasslands that are unbalanced. It is a very drought-tolerant tree that makes a nice addition to an urban landscape – especially xeriscapes – but watch out for the thorns! Don’t plant a mesquite near a water line or septic system because these trees have infamous water-seeking roots – which is what makes them so hardy even in the worst of droughts.
This pictured Texas Redbud variety is a regional champion tree. It is more drought tolerant than its relative, the Eastern Redbud. It grows on limestone soils & has the same beautiful spring blooms. It is a great small tree to plant as an accent or centerpiece and its size makes it a choice candidate for planting under powerlines.
(Photo by Melanie Migura)