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Best North Texas Shade Trees

North Texas Shade Trees

The Four Most Beautiful Shade Trees in North Texas

Summer brings family vacations and poolside relaxation. Unfortunately, summer also brings near-100-degree heat. These temperatures can force your air conditioner to work harder, raising your home’s energy bill and putting a damper on your summer fun. Luckily, well-placed shade trees can reduce summer air conditioning costs up to 15%. Placing shade trees near east and west windows, air conditioning units, patios and driveways can lower your home’s energy consumption, electricity bill and carbon footprint.

Fannin Tree Farm offers a variety of shade trees perfect for protecting your home from the North Texas heat. These are four of our most beautiful shade trees.


Shumard Red Oaks

The Shumard Red Oak tree is native to Texas and ascends to heights between 50 and 60 feet tall when mature. This tree is deciduous and its leaves turn bright red and orange before dropping in the fall. Because the Red Oak can withstand air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil and drought, it is a great option for homes in crowded cities or large suburbs.


Bur Oaks

Once mature, the Bur Oak tree reaches heights of 50 to 60 feet. In the fall, this deciduous tree’s leaves turn red, copper and yellow. The Bur Oak is a hardy, drought-tolerant tree that is capable of thriving in most types of soil. It is difficult to transfer a Bur Oak once it is mature, so it is best for the homeowner to purchase the tree at a young age when transplanting is easier. A Bur Oak tree is an investment that will last for generations, as this type of tree can live between 200 and 300 years.


Autumn Blaze Maples

The Autumn Blaze Maple is a strong hybrid of Silver and Red Maples. This tree is named for the dazzling red color its leaves turn before dropping in the fall. The Autumn Blaze Maple can grow as tall as 35 to 40 feet, taller than all other varieties of maple trees. It’s important to note that the leaves of this tree are toxic to horses, so it should not be planted anywhere horses can reach it. The Autumn Blaze Maple is perfectly suited to urban or suburban homes.


live-oak_smallLive Oaks

The Live Oak tree is incredibly sturdy and can live for hundreds of years. When mature, the tree stands between 40 and 50 feet tall. Live Oak trees are semi-evergreen, meaning they drop their leaves in late winter or early spring then quickly grow new leaves by late spring or early summer. Fannin Tree Farm offers select Live Oak trees that have been masterfully cultivated and cared for by hand as a majestic addition to your yard.


Purchasing and planting a shade tree is one of the best decisions you can make for your home, your wallet and the environment as beautiful shade trees reduce energy costs, increase property value between 15 and 20% and reduce your carbon footprint. To find the perfect shade tree for your home, browse our selection online or in person!

Continue Celebrating Arbor Day with Fannin Tree Farm!

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Because Arbor Day is one of our favorite holidays, one weekend of celebration wasn’t enough for us. We invite you to continue celebrating Arbor Day with us by taking advantage of our extended sale.



Our extended Arbor Day Sale will last all weekend long, from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7. All of our trees will be on sale, so you can find the perfect tree for your landscape. Some of our best sellers include:


All Inventory Will Be On Sale!

We have one of the biggest selections of native trees in the DFW Metroplex, and our entire inventory will be on sale. Additionally, every tree purchased at our extended Arbor Day Sale will include professional installation plus Fannin’s one-year guarantee. You won’t want to miss these savings!


Celebrate with Sliders

On Saturday, May 6, Easy Slider food truck will be joining the festivities at Fannin Tree Farm. You can enjoy delicious sliders while browsing our selection of discounted trees. It’s guaranteed to be a good time.


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Fannin Tree Farm, 15700 State Highway 121, Frisco, TX 75035 >>

Can My Tree Be Saved? Evaluating Storm-Damaged Trees


Know When to Replace or Repair a Storm-Damaged Tree

Since North Texas is no stranger to severe weather, it’s important to know how to evaluate storm-damaged trees. Trees that have sustained any amount of damage from hail, wind or lightning can pose a hazard to your home, so you need to know the difference between a tree that can be given time to heal and a tree that needs to be replaced.


How to Assess the Damage

Damaged trees present a risky situation for homeowners. You don’t want to unnecessarily remove a storm-damaged tree, but you also need to protect your home from a potentially dangerous tree. In order to make the right decision about repair or replacement, you need to inspect and assess your tree for damage.

To effectively assess the amount of damage sustained, you need to consider the overall health of the tree. A tree that has not been previously storm damaged or affected by disease or pests has a high chance of surviving weather-related damage and not becoming a fallen tree.

One of the biggest factors that will determine a tree’s ability to survive after sustaining storm damage is the health of its crown. If at least 50% of your tree’s crown—the branches and leaves—is intact, it has a good chance of survival. If 50% of the crown is gone, however, the tree is unlikely to receive enough nourishment to survive and will no longer beautify your yard.

It is also important to inspect the tree’s wounds. A two- to three-inch wound on a limb with a 12-inch diameter will heal if the tree is healthy. Larger wounds are unlikely to heal, however, as they make the tree more susceptible to diseases and pests.


When to Replace

Usually, trees that have a structural weakness or have been affected by diseases or pests are not capable of surviving damage from a severe storm. These trees are more likely to suffer wounds that are too large to heal or a split trunk, which causes the tree to lose the connection from its roots to its leaves. Trees that have suffered this level of damage are unable to be repaired and must be removed to prevent posing a danger to your home.


Contact the Experts at Fannin Tree Farm

At Fannin Tree Farm, we are trained in storm recovery, damage prevention and fallen tree removal. If your trees have suffered any amount of storm damage, we can help you assess the damage and provide tree repair or removal services.