Bur Oak

Bur Oak

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.

Mesquite

Mesquite

Prosopis glandulosa

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.

Paloverde

Paloverde

Paloverde – Parkinsonia aculeata

Paloverde is a native of the Lower Rio Grande Valley & Mexico but it has naturalized in north Texas in some areas where it has escaped from cultivation.  It has green bark & twigs, which help it photosynthesize after dropping its leaves during drought conditions.  The yellow flowers add a whisy delicate look.  The Paloverde also has thorns so if you use this small tree in your landscape, make sure it is away from well-traveled areas of your yard.

Texas redbud – Cercis canadensis var. texensis

Texas redbud – Cercis canadensis var. texensis

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)