Trees help to minimize the energy costs and improve the aesthetic value of your home. But which types of trees are best suited for dry and extreme heat conditions that are experienced in Texas? According to a recent study, almost 85% of all trees that are found in Texas are all native. The study also found out that there are more than 34 million trees in Texas.
Most of the trees found in Texas act as shades, local landmarks and places where people gather. Texas is a great place that has a healthy relationship with its native trees. This article will help you to explore the top 3 most popular trees in Texas that you need to know.
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The following are the top 3 trees that are perfect for our climate here in Central Texas and low maintenance.
1. Live Oak
Live Oaks, also called Quercus Virginiana, are the most planted tree species in Texas. There is a high probability that you will find it in the backyard of every home in Texas. There are only a few live oaks species available, but the most predominant is the escarpment and interior live oaks. The escarpment live oaks tolerate drought and only prunes during the cold and hot seasons. It thrives well on shallow soil.
Live oaks can survive for more than 100 years if they are given the right conditions and care. Homeowners are advised to consider the longevity and size of these huge trees when they want to plant one in their compound.
2. Cedar Elm
Cedar Elm is the second most popular trees planted in Texas. Compared to other species, Cedar Elm is distinguished by their thicker cuticles and smaller leaves, which helps it to survive in extremely dry conditions that are experienced in Texas.
Just like the live oak species, cedar elm can survive for more than 100 years if they are under right conditions. They can reach a maximum height of 90 feet and can withstand poor drainage conditions. For these reasons, they are normally used in areas where shade is required such as in parking lots. The main disadvantage of Cedar Elm is that drooping branches can lead your major limbs to fall or break. To avoid such an occurrence, homeowners should make sure that the large branches do not exceed two –thirds of the size of the trunk. These species are also vulnerable to mildew.
3. TEXAS ASH
Unlike the other native trees we’ve already mentioned, the Texas ash (also known as the mountain ash or by its scientific name, Fraxinus albicans) has a relatively short life, typically lasting between 15 and 20 years, and sometimes less. The Texas ash is known to grow to a height of between 35 and 45 feet. Leaves do change to brilliant colors during the fall months, which is a huge plus to us. I tend to like trees more if they do have fall colors but that also means their leaves will fall, so if you don’t like to rake leaves then this won’t be the tree for you to pick for your landscaping.