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.
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.
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.
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.
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!