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Choosing a tree for Houston, Texas

Choosing a tree for Houston, Texas
Posted by cyndi from Texas on 2001-04-02 00:28:38

I could really use some help to try to find a couple of trees to plant in my front yard. I live in a subdivision, so I don't have a very big yard, but the neighborhood requires 2 trees. Currently, I have 2 pine trees. I would like to replace them with trees that provide some shade. Most of the neighborhood has live oaks. I'm afraid of the root system, because I know that they get quite large. Should I not worry about it? Or does anyone have any suggestions of other trees that I may want to look at. Thanks for your help!
  • suburb trees
    Posted by Jerry Digman from 5b on 2001-04-02 15:41:02

    Cyndi,

    Oaks have tap roots - ones that extend vertically more so than horiz (like maples and beeches).

    You want to consider the future of the tree. In 20-30 years, it'll be approaching maturity in size. A 50'-er might look out of place in a smal yard.

    A specimen planting (a distinct looking tree - color, shape, leaves, bark, etc.) is a good idea. Visit a nursery and ask for advice based on your needs and rqmts.

    locust, ash, cypress, pin oak, linden, birches are all hardwoods that do well and look appealing in the suburbs.

    The link is for more Northern climates but some may do well in Houston.

    Quoting cyndi: ------------
    -I could really use some help to try to find a couple of trees to plant in my front yard. I live in a subdivision, so I don't have a very big yard, but the neighborhood requires 2 trees. Currently, I have 2 pine trees. I would like to replace them with trees that provide some shade. Most of the neighborhood has live oaks. I'm afraid of the root system, because I know that they get quite large. Should I not worry about it? Or does anyone have any suggestions of other trees that I may want to look at. Thanks for your help!

    Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Planting

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