Central Texas is the home to many multifarious trees, landscapes and distinctive flora & fauna. The trees growing here become a unique feature of its diverse geography.
Having these beautiful inhabitants of Central Texas in your backyard, allows you to enhance the decorative look of your property and home. Here are some of the indigenous tree’s of the area.
1- Lacey Oak (Real Texas Lady)
USDA zone- 7
Nicknamed as the real Texas lady, the Lacey Oak is native to the Edwards Plateau, and Northeastern Mexico. Sartorial elegance, stout & stocky trunk, many hued leaf color; it has a great tolerance for drought, heat and Ph levels of soil. Ideally 30-35 ft, it is resistant to wilt/diseases, etc. and require less maintenance (adaptive to well drained clay soils, slowly growing best on limestone soils). This small/medium sized ornamental shady tree is a catch for your personal verdure.
2- Live Oak (Southern Live Oak/Escarpment Oak)
USDA zone- 6
Having a number of species and names, the Live oak tree is an evergreen, moderately growing tree with an average height of 25-50 ft. The South-central and Southeastern parts of America host these species on sandy, clayey or loamy soil. Its large spread (about 50 feet) is a multipurpose asset.
3- Texas Red Oak (Buckley Oak)
USDA zone- 8
The foliage of this Southern great plains flowering tree displays bright shades of vivid red and orange in autumn with its dark gray/ black bark. It has many hybrids and makes your garden don the semblance of an ethereal masterpiece because of its height (30-50 ft) and ostentatious appearance.
4- Bur Oak (Mossycup White Oak)
USDA zone- 3-8
Large and tasty acorns (for the wild), this rapid growing prairie tree is an unparalleled flora in longevity (200-300 yr lifespan). Also, its massive shape and size (50-100ft) are a plus apart from the various soils (alkaline, clayey, loamy) it grows on. Good luck hiding a message for future generations in it.
5- Bald Cypress
Type- Deciduous Conifer
USDA zone- 4-9
When you have a wet garden area all the time, this conifer saves the day. But clean the leaf-mess in winters as it goes bald. Slow growing, medium height (30-35), this tree displays the chilly feel of winters, cinematically.
6- Anacua (Sandpaper tree)
Type- Partial Evergreen
USDA zone- 8-9
This South Central medium sized tree, basically a shrub, has edible drupes. Reaching a good height (25-40ft), it is quite a thing when talking about exceptions (its leaves are fun to touch).
7- Cedar Elm
USDA zone- 6-9
Requiring very little care, Cedar is a darling. Cool shade, drought resistant, and surviving wet areas, it’s an important tree for public places. Spread of 40-60 ft at maturity and ideal height (50-70ft), Cedar elm’s seeds from the food of wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, squirrels, deer and songbirds alike.
Avoid pruning sessions from Feb – June and paint the tree wounds regardless of the season, to prevent infection. Albeit, these trees require very less care, make sure trimming and pruning if part of your routine for caring for the plants.
I hope this guide to some of our beloved Central Texas trees is informative and might help you understand more what tree’s in this area will thrive well and enhance your Texas property. If you are looking for an Austin Tree Service that is experienced with the local tree’s, we highly recommend our friends at Tree Service Austin. You can reach them at (512 400 2746.) Remember healthy tree’s can add much value to your property and enhance it’s beauty.