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Top 5 Evergreen Trees in Texas

Evergreens are beneficial in many ways, such as providing full-year screening for privacy concerns and bringing a full dense tree all throughout the year. The term “evergreen” means that trees will keep growing leaves as other leaves fall off. Most people think of Pine and Christmas trees when they think of the word Evergreen. These trees are best known for being able to endure cold weather and dry seasons. Evergreen trees are perfect for planting as privacy screens and windbreaks. And there are many different types of evergreens, from tiny dwarf shrubs to massive trees. Evergreens can add character to your yard, offer year-round foliage, and will enhance your landscape for years to come.

1. Live Oak

Live Oaks are large stature trees that are commonly around 50 ft tall with a short stout trunk that casts a huge 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.

live oak tree

2. 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.

southern magnolia

3. Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedars are large stature tree, natively found full to the ground. However, can be pruned to have a raised canopy in more of a tree form. This native species is drought tolerant and can really found anywhere throughout North and Central Texas. It provides a dense evergreen canopy that can be used for screening purposes and can provide a beautiful blue fruit. The Eastern Red Cedar has a distinctive smell and aesthetically pleasing red wood.

Eastern Red Cedar Tree

4. Elderica Pine

Elderica Pine is more native to desert and arid climates in the Middle East, however, seems to be a promising species throughout a wide range of soils in Texas. Eldarica Pine is a tall, upright tree providing medium size needles and cones. It is a drought tolerant species and does very well in well-drained soils.

Elderica Pine Tree

5. Carolina Sapphire

Carolina Sapphire is an evergreen that produces a beautiful sliver blue foliage and has a relatively fast growth rate. These trees along with Eastern Red Cedars can provide a wonderful screen for privacy purposes. It does very well in Central and North Texas, overall is a very well growing species that is aesthetically pleasing as well.

Happy Thanksgiving

As I was driving from our farmhouse to town to run some errands it was quiet in the truck as I was alone. This rarely happens as most of the time the kids are in tow and life is crazy & fast-paced all the time in our little family. It was a misty morning and the fog was clearing from the fields as I drove and I got to looking at the trees and all the color changes that were happening and thinking how beautiful the trees were. I know, I know before you think it…. they may not as magnificent as the East coast, but they are pretty majestic here in Texas in their own right, if you ask me. It struck me it’s like the last goodbye as they go dormant for the winter and a thank you to nature for another year of growing bigger and stronger. It really struck me at this time in our world with all the crazy, the pandemic, and divides we needed to focus on the positive more and not lose sight of the things we are grateful for. I even stopped and took a few pictures so I could put them up on the fridge to remind myself to be thankful more.

It made me start thinking of all the things I am grateful for and don’t remember enough. I thought I would go first and list a few things I am thankful for in hopes that it makes you think of the things you are thankful for:

  • My family. I have an amazing husband who I adore. Fantastic kids, that keep me on my toes and never stop making me laugh or wonder what’s next. My extended family is big and amazing.
  • My work family. I’m so lucky to work somewhere that I enjoy going to everyday and does not feel like a job. I truly have amazing relationships with my co-workers.
  • My Fannin Customers. They are so much fun, have amazing stories and are a joy to work with.
  • Life. Life really is amazing, and I forget that all the time. Don’t get me wrong, we have our ups and downs and sometimes I want to yell really, why? (especially when we have been quarantining together!) But all and all, things always turn out and I remember how good things are.

I could go on and on but I think you get my point, no matter what is going on in the world, we all have something to be thankful for. I know for me there are times I forget but the other morning was very helpful to get me back to being thankful, again, and just in time for the holidays!

As we enter the holiday season and Thanksgiving is around the corning, I encourage you to stop and reflect on all the positives and things you are grateful for and share the positive with the world. After all, we need that more than anything currently.

From the Fannin family & our Fannin work family to your family, we are grateful for all our customers, your continued support and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving full of peace, health, love, and calm!

Thankful…..

C : )

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.

Service is Golden

Fannin Tree Farm has been family owned and operated for over 44 years.  One of our valued attributes is that our sales associates build relationships from beginning to end that last a lifetime.  We support this as a company with our customer service in all departments.  Our customer service is not just during the sale but before and AFTER the sale.  Fannin believes that taking care of customers after the sale is just as important as during the sale.  Because of this belief, we have a service team in place to handle all your tree questions and concerns, even after our 1-year warranty period.  We make our service request process easy.  All you have to do is go on our website and fill out a work order form (found at the bottom of our home page) and from there it lands in our service department to help you.  When you send in a service request with pictures, we can sometimes determine what is going on through the picture, and sometimes we have to make a site visit.  Always remember to check the email you put on the request.  We will alert you of any visit we are making, any recommendation, or changes through email.  No question is too big or too small for our service team.

Chances are when you have a site visit you will meet our service manager, Fernando Vasquez.  Fernando has over 13 years’ experience in the tree and landscape business.  Fernando’s number 1 goal is customer service.  He loves helping our customers learn about the care of their trees and helping keep our Fannin Trees thriving.   To learn more about Fernando, click here.

Texas’ Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees

Texas' Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees | Fannin Tree Farms

When summers in the air, the kids are out of school & we are spending more time outside who does not want to be surrounded by summers flowering trees. Spring’s beautiful blooming trees of fresh flowers aren’t just limited to that season. There are many trees that thrive in our Texas climate during the summer and some of them produce the most colorful blooms around.

Here are Texas’ Top 5 Summer Flowering Trees:

  1. Vitex
  2. Desert Willow
  3. Crepe Myrtle
  4. Southern Magnolia
  5. Little Gem Magnolia

Vitex Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Vitex

Blooming Period: Late Spring – Early Fall
Flower Color: Purple
This multi-trunk tree is known for its breathtaking displays of purple blooms on long spikes that jet out at every growth tip during the late spring into summer. The Vitex has aromatic green leaves and is a rapid grower in most climate and soil conditions. It prefers summer heat for more colorful blooms. The Vitex is a drought-tolerant, pest-resistant tree that grows to reach a height between 10 and 20 feet at maturity. The Vitex’s twisting trunks under the bright flowering canopy gives this tree a unique, grand appearance. Its canopy is large and layered, which allows sunlight to penetrate the ground below. The Vitex requires minimal water and little maintenance while its blooms attract many pollinating insects, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Learn More about the Vitex


Desert Willow

Blooming Period:Mid-Spring – Late Summer
Flower Color: White, Pink, or Purple
The Desert Willow is one of Texas’ best trees. Overall, it is somewhat delicate yet can withstand all the heat Texas can bring. Its leaves are long and narrow, its flowers are orchid-like and have a lengthy flower period. The flowers emanate from new branch growth, and therefore pruning accentuates the process. This water-wise and drought tolerant tree produces magnificent blooms of exotic trumpet-shaped purple flowers. The Desert Willow has an airy canopy and is visually appealing in many landscape styles. The flowers range in color from light pink to light violet. The seeds of the desert-willow are eaten by wildlife, and the flowers often attract hummingbirds.

Learn More about the Desert Willow

Desert Willow Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Crepe Myrtle Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Crepe Myrtle

Blooming Period: Late Spring – Late Fall
Flower Color: Red, White, Pink, or Purple
The Crepe Myrtle has something to offer for every season but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers that are pleasing to the eye. The Crepe Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and works well in just about any landscape. One of the most beautiful characteristics of this tree is its slick, light-colored bark and small leaves that turn yellow and red in the fall. It grows 1.5 to 2.5 feet annually until it reaches a height between 10 and 25 feet at maturity. Is well-suited for hot, sunny climates.

Learn More about the Crepe Myrtle


Southern Magnolia

Blooming Period: Early – Late Summer
Flower Color: White
Both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree, the Southern Magnolia is sure to turn heads in any landscape. Its large spoon-shaped leaves provide a thick canopy of shade and produce magnificent large billowing white blossoms that have a fragrant smell to them. They prosper in many conditions, and there is very little maintenance with this tree. It is loved for its year-round foliage and ability to look fantastic in many different landscapes. This magnolia grows one foot annually until it reaches a height between 60 and 70 feet at maturity.

Learn More about the Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Little Gem Magnolia Trees Available at Fannin Tree Farms

Little Gem Magnolia

Blooming Period: Early Summer – Late Fall
Flower Color: White
The Little Gem Magnolia is the perfect tree for your yard if you are seeking a smaller version of the evergreen magnolia without sacrificing any of the usual beauty. This is a stunning small tree for interior landscapes. The Little Gem Magnolia produces large, fragrant and saucer-shaped flowers that are creamy white in color and reach a width of 8 inches. It will continue to produce flowers for 6 months every year. This magnolia’s leaves are leathery with a deep, glossy green color on top and a bronzy brown, fuzzy underside. The Little Gem reaches only 20-25 feet with a spread of 8-12 feet and has a slow growth-rate, approximately 1½ feet per year.

Learn More about the Little Gem Magnolia

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Are you looking to add some beautiful summer blooming trees to your yard? Request a quote and we’ll help you find, install, and maintain your beautiful new trees!

Our Favorites: Kids Books About Trees (At Home Reading List)

Fannin books for kids about trees

If your kids are like mine, they are in need of activities to keep them occupied and learning. One way to do that is by reading. Our favorite reading topic is trees. Yes, I know I am partial to trees. It is one of the reasons I work at Fannin Tree Farm. There are some great books out there about trees for children age 1 – 101.

One of my favorite quotes about reading is from Laura Bush, “As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life. When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning.”

There are many benefits to reading to your kids. Some of those benefits include instilling problem-solving skills, language development, enhancing concentration, teaching about the world, enhancing imagination development, entertainment, empathy development, and, my most favorite reason to read to a child, building a bond with one another. As a busy mom, it has always been a way for me to wind down with my son at night after a long day. I have always tried to remember Emile Buchwald’s quote, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

I asked some of the families that work here at the tree farm what some of their favorite books about trees are and here are some of our staff’s kids’ top picks. I think a lot of these are great reads as well!

The Lorax

The Giving Tree

Chica Chica Boom Boom

Go Dog Go

Winnie the Poo

Secrets of the Apple Tree

One Tree

The Magic Maple Tree

The Tree Lady

We Planted a Tree

The Story of Ferdinand

I also love the idea of creating a Reading-Friendly Environment. Barnes and Noble explains that to keep kids reading, you need to remove as many barriers to reading as you can. That means having books at the ready for kids when they want one and having a comfortable, quiet place where they can lose themselves in a book. As summer starts, you can work with them to create a little reading nook, with stacks of books and comfy pillows. You can also designate a night as a “screen-free” night, in which everyone in the house (including you) must do an activity that doesn’t involve a screen. This took a while for my kids to get used to but once we started the screen-free activity night at our home, reading took off!

If you are looking for some great Tree book reading list, here are three places I recommend you go to find some great books to read.

Happy Reading – don’t forget the Tree Books!

Earth Day Blog

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities, and service projects. Earth Day is a time of the year to reflect on how your life impacts the planet. On this day, people think about new ways to reduce their carbon imprint and improve water quality. They get together to get their hands dirty and make earnest strides towards making the Earth a better, and healthier, place to live.  Earth Day is an important day for people to take time out of their busy lives to consider the impact that humanity has on the environment and for taking steps to minimize these impacts. As a result, we all can live happier and healthier lives in tune with nature. While it would be nice if we all lived as if every day was Earth Day, this holiday serves as a friendly reminder each year, to respect the Earth and to show a little gratitude to Mother Nature.

Started as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, and several other environmental laws. The idea for Earth Day was proposed by then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who died in 2005.  The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, a monumental day that is widely credited for launching the modern environmental movement. 20 million Americans from all walks of life participated in the very first Earth Day. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

Earth Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for everything the Earth does for us. It is also a time to strengthen our relationship with nature, to give back, and to think of ways we can work to better support the Earth for future generations. This year the theme for Earth Day is Protect Our Species.  Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

This year, Earth day hits especially close to home for Fannin Tree Farm as it is focused on climate change. Trees curb climate change directly by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Through the process of photosynthesis, forests offset 10 to 20 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions each year. Additionally, trees help protect against climate impacts such as flooding, which is getting worse with more locally heavy precipitation. By catching rainwater, reducing erosion, and creating more permeable soils, trees help prevent nearly 400 billion gallons of runoff annually in the continental U.S., which is enough water to fill about 600,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Trees are equally crucial for water and air quality, as over half of Americans depend on forests to capture and filter their drinking water. Tree leaves also absorb airborne pollutants and intercept particulate matter, helping reduce the throat irritation, asthma, and even premature death that these pollutants may cause. By annually removing over 35 billion pounds of these pollutants in the continental U.S., trees prevent over half a million cases of acute respiratory symptoms each year.

Not surprisingly, areas with more trees provide more benefits, like in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest. However, some benefits are higher in urban areas, which often have higher air pollution and flood risks. Trees in urban areas can also reduce the urban heat island effect and lower air conditioning needs as much as 30 percent by providing a natural shade. Urban trees reduce U.S. energy bills by over $5 billion each year. And since lower energy consumption means fewer carbon dioxide emissions, planting trees can contribute to a healthier planet while improving our daily lives.

What can we do:

Here at Fannin we are always looking for ways to lighten our carbon footprint.  We re-use all of our plastic container buckets for growing trees.  We stopped buying plastic water bottles for our staff and gave everyone a Fannin Tree Farm bottle. We installed a water cooler that purifies the tap water.  We eliminated 100’s of plastic bottles a month.

Earth Day Activities for Kids

Kids are a lot of fun on Earth Day: they have a natural instinct for conservation and preservation, they like to get their hands dirty, and they love any kind of celebration. Planning Earth Day activities for kids is easy; you should start by asking kids what they would want to do to help the Earth. This brainstorming session will help you decide what sorts of things you and your kids can do to help the Earth. Here are some suggestions:

  • Plant a tree or a group of trees to beautify your neighborhood, provide shelter and food for birds, and prevent soil erosion.  In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, you can pick up a tree to plant at your home for 40% off.
  • Have a recycling party where friends and neighbors gather recyclable materials and turn them in for prizes
  • Gather a group of kids and clean up garbage at a local park, beach, or other public area

I found this list that had some great ideas about other things we can do on Earth Day and every day to support a healthy earth.  https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/different-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day.php

Best Fertilizer for Trees

Fannin Tree Farm highly recommends using Osmocote Flower and Vegetable on all your trees twice a year in April and August. It is a pelletized slow-release fertilizer that releases its nutrients over several months. It will not burn plants or trees and only requires two fertilizations per year.

Why Osmocote

  • Two applications a year – one early Spring and another in early Autumn
  • Contains everything plants need for healthy growth
  • Releases nutrients at the same rate plants are able to take them up through the roots – no wastage or run-off into waterways and drains
  • Includes a wetting agent to help water and nutrients soak into the soil

Features of Osmocote

Boosted magnesium

To keep leaves green for longer, especially on citrus

Feeds when plants need it

The release of nutrients depends on temperature – more when it’s warm and plants are growing and less when it’s cold and growth is slow

Sustainable & environment-friendly

Scotts Osmocote® uses advanced prill technology that ensures even and controlled nutrient release with no wastage Controlled release means feeding less often and more effectively; less frequent feeding is more economical and environment-friendly

Wetting agent

The added wetting agent enhances water absorption into the soil or potting mix and helps plants take up nutrients

Where can I get Osmocote?

  • Amazon
  • Garden Centers

When should you feed your trees?

  • Trees require a more “well-balanced” or “complete” fertilizer which provides nitrogen for green, healthy foliage and phosphorus and potassium for flowering, fruiting, and root development.
  • Fertilizer isn’t medicine for sick trees. Force-feeding a declining tree can make matters worse.
  • Don’t fertilize during dry periods. Plants can’t use fertilizer without adequate moisture. Fertilize before a rain, or water after application.
  • Fertilizer is especially effective on younger trees.
  • If in doubt about quantity, always err on the low side, as too much can burn trees. Follow the label.

Remember: Your trees are the most enduring, the hardest-working, and often the most valuable elements of your landscape. They protect you and your home from heat and wind, reducing energy costs and cleaning the air while beautifying the world. Isn’t a good fertilizer program the least they deserve?

Memorial Tree for Jay Friestad

Memorial trees are very special to me and it makes me appreciate even more my love for them when a customer shares a story and a picture from their memorial tree experience. LeAnne Sandefer reached out and shared this sweet story about the Harrolle Rattler baseball team and the memorial tree the team dedicated to their coaches’ father, Jay Friestad.

Here is what LeAnne sent to Fannin Tree Farm:

“As part of the Flower Mound Memorial Tree program, our Fall FMYSA 11u Harrolle Rattler team went together to purchase a tree for our coach’s father, Jay Friestad, who passed away right after the season ended after a long illness. Up until the fall season he had been a part of every game rooting from the dugout and cheering them on. When he couldn’t make it to our last tournament, he rooted us on from his bedside and we won the tournament! To honor his legacy, we had this tree planted at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound so it will be right by the baseball fields!  With Pam’s help, and the help of the town, we got the tree planted at the park and were able to present it to him on February 9th. In addition, FMYSA will be donating a permanent bronze plaque that will honor Jay as well.”

 

 

Remembrance Tree: A Living Memorial

When memorial trees are planted in honor of a person who has passed away, these memorial trees sometimes have plaques with the honoree’s name, birth and death dates, or a short motto.

Fannin Tree Farm provides a certificate of remembrance on all of our memorial and celebration trees. Memorial trees can be planted with or without the person’s ashes. Some people may choose to select a tree in a park where groves of trees are planted in memoriam.

Some families prefer to plant the tree on private property — at the family home or place of personal meaning. Wherever you choose to plant your memorial tree, the practice can be very healing as a life-affirming way to remember and honor a loved one, as it has for me.
 

 

The Symbolism Behind Celebration Trees

In honor of a parent who has passed away, one might plant an oak tree where, when it becomes older, they might visit to sit peacefully in its shade and feel connected to their loved one. After losing a pet that was part of the family for many years, planting a tree in their favorite spot in the yard is a good way to remember them. After all, they carved out a special place in our hearts and in our lives. These are just a few of the reasons people plant a celebration or memorial tree.

 

Fannin Tree Farm Celebration Trees

Fannin Tree Farm would love to help you commemorate a special occasion, celebration or loss in your life or your family’s life. Come in and talk to one of our tree specialists to learn more about the native trees we carry. Fannin has an assortment of tree sizes starting in 30-gallon containers to commemorate these celebrations and memorial events in your life.

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Can Squirrels Really Grow Trees?

Squirrels Help Grow Texas TreesEvery March before the leaves on the trees budded out, my dad would drop me off at his mom’s house for a down and dirty spring cleaning of her yard. Granny Halley was a kind, wise, and generous old wrinkly woman who always greeted me with a massive hug and a wet kiss on my forehead. I would return her love with a hug and a loud “I love you too Halley.” (more…)