Time to Plant Trees is Finally Here. I Think

Fall In Central Texas Is The Perfect Time For Planting Trees

With all this weird weather we’ve been having around Central Texas lately it’s hard to know when fall actually arrives. If it has arrived, it’s definitely late. So let’s assume it’s finally here and I’ll go ahead and postulate on my favorite trees to plant and why. Side-note, there won’t be any fruit trees here. Maybe I’ll devote a whole other article to that topic. I’ll add trees as I have time this week but here’s two to begin with.

I’ll start with the tall shade trees and work down in size and attributes. First on the list:

The Live Oak

Live Oak
The beautiful Live Oak

I love the Live Oak tree. I once read that the United States was able to eventually build our Navy up to compete with the British Navy thanks to the wood from this tree. It didn’t hurt that we had vast forests of this amazing tree all across the south from Virginia to Texas. It’s a relatively fast grower for a hardwood and though there’s some risk of oak wilt my advice is to look around your neighborhood and if you spot healthy Live Oaks it’s okay to plant them.  While the A&M site states that they occur in well drained soils I can attest that do well in clay and don’t seem to suffer for it at all. It’s an evergreen that sheds it’s old leaves as new leaves emerge in the spring. This time of  year you’ll notice acorns beneath every Live Oak you see.

If you have oak wilt in your neighborhood my next suggestion would be a Mexican Oak also known as the Monterrey Oak:

Mexican Oak
Mexican Oaks are gorgeous tall trees

The Mexican Oak

The Mexican Oak is another relatively fast growing Oak but in colder winters it’s a semi-evergreen. I’ve never seen them lose all their leaves. When it gets cold enough they usually lose the top half but I’ve seen them lose the bottom portion on occasion. It’s not known to be affected by insects or disease. This tree can also be planted in any soil type from caliche to clay.

Next up in order of personal preference is the Chinkapin Oak, followed by the Bur Oak. And if you want some amazing color in the fall and still want to stick to oak trees I suggest the Shumard Red Oak.

If you want faster growing shade trees you can consider the Cedar Elm or Sycamore. The problem with these trees is they’re not hardwoods and you risk losing branches in high winds.

Always consider the size these shade trees will reach before planting them. It’s a very common mistake not to give a shade tree as much room as it will eventually require.