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Austin Tree Guide Part 1: Native Texas Trees 101

Posted on April 11th, 2018

Austin Tree Guide Part 1: Native Texas Trees 101


If you live in the Austin, Texas area and have been considering planting a few trees, this article will be able to answer some of the questions you may have regarding the trees that are native to the area, as well as some other useful information as you move forward with your landscaping.

Believe it or not, many people will plant the wrong type of trees and in the wrong places. For example, they will place a tree that prefers water in a sunny area with the most heat. Doing so means that the tree’s health will steadily begin to decline because it is not planted where it needs to be to thrive.

A live oak tree grows large and provides ample shade.

Some Native Trees Most Commonly Planted

  • Live Oaks: one of the most popular native trees in Austin, and it is definitely on the list as the most common species native to this area. You will see this type of tree planted in new neighborhoods, and they can live for hundreds of years in the right conditions.
  • Cedar Elms: the second most common of the native species and is known to grow amongst the live oaks. The leaves are much smaller, and they also have thicker cuticles to help combat a hotter and drier climate. This species, under the right conditions, can also live for hundreds of years.
  • Spanish Oaks: also called, Southern red, these trees frequent limestone slopes and prefer the iron they can find there. They can also live for hundreds of years if they have adapted to their surroundings and have deeper soil.

A Rare Native Tree Species

When you start to delve into the least common species of trees to plant in Austin, Texas, you will find the Escarpment Black Cherry Tree. This particular tree produces no fruit and can also be found on the slopes and in rocky terrain.

If the conditions are suitable and there is a good amount of rainfall and average temperatures, any one of the tree species already discussed could do well if planted at home or your business.

Choosing the Right Type of Tree

When you begin your search for the right type of tree for your home or business, it is important to understand exactly what it is you are looking for. Be sure that the tree is native to the area and you are able to provide it with everything it needs such as water, sun, and nutrition.

If you are unsure of what you will need or if the area is ideal for that tree species, it is recommended that you first consult with an experienced arborist and they can help answer any questions you may have.

Willow trees come in all shapes and sizes

A Few More Native Options

Mexican Buckeye: this is a flowering tree that can produce clusters of orchid-like flowers that are pink in color during the spring and then adorned with yellow foliage throughout the fall season.

Texas Persimmon: this tree has a very smooth and gray trunk with very dark leaves. It produces edible fruit that turns into a deep black color as it matures.

Desert Willow: this tree also produces orchid-like flowers that are very fragrant and offers solace for hummingbirds within its lavender and pink blooms.

Lacey Oak: this is a smaller type of oak tree and does well in limestone soil. Its compact and vast canopy when grown is ideal for offering shade.

When choosing which of these trees to include in your new landscape design, make sure you do your research and make sure that what you pick will thrive in the conditions you have to offer.

Doing so will allow you to create a beautiful scenic setting for either your home or business for many years to come.

For help planting trees at your home or business contact 512 Landscaping today to get the job done right! 


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