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The Top Five Texas Trees for Planting

top texas tree live oak

Texans love their trees and share a strong relationship with its trees. Whether they’re being used for climbing, forgetting some desperately needed August shade, marveled at as tier role as a local landmark, as easy-to-remember landmarks for locals making plans to meet each other or a gathering place. We are lucky that our climate permits the planting of trees all year long. There are many kinds of trees available for planting in your yard. This is Fannin Tree Farm’s Top 5 list of Best Texas Trees to Plant.

live oak tree

Top Texas Tree #1: Live Oak

Live Oaks are large stature trees that are commonly around 50 ft tall with a short, stout trunk that casts a massive amount of canopy to create shade against the Texas heat. Their wood is very hardy making the tree easy to protect in stress. Live Oaks are some of the most popular and well-known landscape trees in Texas.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #2: Bur Oak

bur oak
Bur Oaks are large stature trees, native to Texas, also its large leaf and enormous acorn puzzles artistic interests in people. It great adaptability makes it an excellent choice for the Texas environment, as it can adapt to cold and extreme heat. Finally, Bur Oaks have a long taproot which makes it very drought tolerant and thrives well with small amount of water.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #3: Cedar Elm

cedar elm
Cedar Elms are known as the most common elm trees in Texas next to American Elms and are widespread throughout East, South, and Central Texas. Cedar Elms can typically grow in many kinds of soils which makes it a more desirable tree in most areas. As well, Cedar Elms are very drought tolerant and cast a very nice shade to fight the Texas heat.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #4: Bald Cypress

bald cypress
Bald Cypresses are native to Texas and adapt to various soil conditions, most commonly found in a more wet environment naturally. However, they can withstand those poorly drained areas more than most trees. They can be used for shade and have a very defined pyramidal shape with feather-like leaves that make them more aesthetically pleasing.
 
   

Top Texas Tree #5: Magnolia

southern magnolia
Magnolias are commonly known as “southern” trees and strive well in the more Eastern part of Texas. They have large, waxy, fragrant white flowers and large glossy, dark green, leathery leaves that appeal to the eye. Magnolias typically prefer full sun which Texas has no problem with providing and require deep well-drained soils to perform the best.

Fannin Fun Tree Facts

Tree Facts Are Fun!

I love fun facts about anything. You never know when they will come in handy at a party to break the ice, on a first date trying to impress, playing trivia on a cruise ship or just in everyday conversation. One of my favorite things about working at Fannin Tree Farm, other than the trees, is Mikey. Every day he has a new fact about trees to share, and believe you me, they have come in handy from time to time. I’m pretty sure my children and husband are over my fun tree fact finds but I wanted to share with our Fannin Fans some of my favorite tree facts.

  • There are 7.5 times more trees on earth than stars in the milky way.
  • An average size tree can provide enough wood to make 170,100 pencils!
  • The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply.
  • Cricket bats are made out of a tree called Willow, and baseball bats are made out of wood from Hickory, Ash, Maple, and Bamboo trees.
  • Oak trees start producing acorns at 20-30 years of maturity!
  • Every Year in Washington DC The National Christmas Tree is put up and the walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree features 56 state and territory trees decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree.

tree factsPathway of Peace, 2012 NPS/A.Garrison

  • Trees drink about 2,000 liters of water each year.
  • Pine trees are the only species in the whole world that spread seeds in cones, and those cones also have genders.
  • A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
  • Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
  • The different parts of a tree grow at various times throughout the year. Typically, most of the foliage growth happens in the spring, followed by trunk growth in the summer and root growth in the fall and winter.
  • Adding one tree to an open pasture can increase its bird biodiversity from almost zero species to as high as 80.
  • The world’s tallest living uncut decorated Christmas tree is a Douglas Fir. It is approximately 160 foot tall, lighted with over 50,000 LED lights and is located in Blue River, Oregon USA.

fun tree facts

  • Strategically planting trees and shrubs can save you up to 25 percent on your energy bills. Not only do they provide shade in the summer, but serve as a windbreak in the winter, too.
  • The Texas State Tree is the Pecan Tree
  • Our National Tree is the Oak Tree in the United States
  • There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
  • Possibly the most colorful bark found on any tree in the world can be found in Hawaii, and it is referred to as the Rainbow Eucalyptus. Originating in the Philippines, the Mindanao gum tree in its natural habitat can grow up to 6 ft wide and over 250 ft tall. Outside of it, the tree only grows up to 125 ft.

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Largest Tree in the US

General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the state of California. It stands 275 feet tall and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain broad high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet in diameter.

facts about treesGeneral Sherman Tree at the north end of Giant Forest.

Fall & Winter Tree Planting Checklist

Fall/Winter Checklist

As the autumn approaches, be sure to take full advantage of the season. It is widely spoken that fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Here are some a few things to consider, why, when and where to plant trees.

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1st: Planting trees in the fall

  • Planting trees in the fall is the best time of the year for plant growth, because of the cooler temperatures and most deciduous trees are dormant allowing less stress and damage to the tree.

2nd: Planting Deciduous Trees

  • Many deciduous trees provide beautiful foliage, and if planted in the correct spot, they can help reduce your energy bill. Consider planting a deciduous tree like a Red Oak, Cedar Elm, Bur Oak, or Lacebark Elm on the northwest side of your home. This will cool your home in the summer and allow sunlight in to heat your home in the winter.

3rd: Planting trees along the North and South side

  • If you are looking to plant a screen for vegetable gardens or protection from harsh winter winds, consider planting a row of trees, like Eastern Red Cedars, Magnolias, or other full to the ground growth type trees to protect from the cold northern winds.
  • Planting tree rows along the south side of your property will provide a good wind break as they mature.

4th: Do not plant large stature shade trees close to foundation.

  • Most large stature trees, like Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Magnolias, Cedar Elms, and Bald Cypress, need room to grow. Their roots grow outward to stabilize them as they mature. They require water and can reduce moisture near the foundation. It is important to not plant a tree within 25-ft of a foundation. These large tree species can have roots that grow out 3-5 times the width of their canopy.

5th: Do not plant large shade trees beneath utility lines.

  • Selecting the right tree for the right location is very important. Never plant a large stature tree beneath a power line, or within a 25-35 ft of an overhead wire. As these trees mature, they will grow into the utility lines and require invasive pruning. According to International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the correct way landscape under utility lines is to plant large shrubs or smaller canopy trees that would not exceed the height under the lines.

6th: Never forget to water during the Fall and Winter months

  • It is a common misconception that there is no need for watering in the Fall/Winter months. However, trees require water always throughout the year; we recommend to water as needed to keep the soil moisture at an adequate level during the colder months.
  • To adequately prepare for freezing temperatures in the Fall and Winter, make sure to water the trees an adequate amount the day/night before a freeze to maintain the soil temperature and decrease the chance of plant decline.

If you have any questions about your trees, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm. Our number is 972-747-9233, and we have a team of arborist ready to serve.

Author Bio: Bradley Boobar has been in the plant science industry since 2011. He is originally from Mount Pleasant, TX. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Plant Science from Texas A&M University – Commerce and plans to continue his graduate education in the future.

Fall Tree Planting

The Fall is a beautiful time of the year; the temperature starts to go down and provides gorgeous fall color in plants. The Fall is known to be the best season to plant trees due to the cooler temperatures, dormancy approaching on deciduous trees lessening plant stress, and the adequate soil temperatures needed for optimum plant growth.

fall tree planting

The Fall also brings more rain and soil moisture creating an increased amount of root growth and development due to transpiration being low it allows more optimal root generation. The temperatures are moderate to cool and are more comfortable on the plants allowing less of a chance for the trees to be stressed by extreme summer heat. Planting in the earlier part of the Fall also provides for the most optimum plant growth before cooler winter temperatures arrive. We recommend planting a deciduous shade tree in the northwest corner of your property to give more shade and reduce heat from the afternoon sun. This will also help heat your home in the winter months.

Finally, always consult with a tree specialist to provide you with the best options for planting a tree for your property and area. We have a full staff of professionals that can provide the proper and necessary possibilities for planting such as species, size, aesthetics, and area of planting on your property.

If you have any questions about your trees, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm. Our number is 972-747-9233, and we have a team of Arborists ready to serve.

Author Bio: Bradley Boobar has been in the plant science industry since 2011. He is originally from Mount Pleasant, TX. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Plant Science from Texas A&M University – Commerce and plans to continue his graduate education in the future.