A Few Tree Recommendations

Monterrey Oak

Also known as Mexican White Oak.  This is a great shade tree, and very easy to grow and maintain.  Technically a native tree, but only found in landscapes in our part of Texas.  It is a relatively fast growing oak, typically growing 1-2 feet per year with little care, but sometimes grow 3-4 feet on a particularly wet years or when given good water and fertilizer.  This is a deciduous oak that typically drops it’s leaves very late in the year, usually near the end of December, and leafs out again in early February.  On mild winters it is not uncommon for this tree to keep it’s canopy all winter long.  It is resistant to many diseases, including Oak Wilt.  It is a low water use tree, able to withstand drought and heat easily.



Red Oak

This is a common native oak tree that is a very popular shade tree.  It is named for its brilliant red fall leaves.  Also a relatively fast growing oak, it’s growth rate is similar to the Monterrey Oak.  It’s biggest draw as a landscape tree is adding fall color.  The leaves change color as our weather changes in the fall.  The slower our transition from summer to winter, the better the fall colors.  This tree is very susceptible to Oak Wilt, and Borer beetles.  Though this is a hearty tree, in our experience it is slightly less hearty than the Monterrey Oak.  It is a low water use tree, able to deal with local weather and drought.



Mexican Sycamore

This is a nearly native Sycamore tree that can often be seen growing wild near stream beds in our area.  This is a very fast growing tree, and can easily outstrip oaks with its rapid growth.  2-3 feet of growth in a year is normal, but 4-5+ feet isn’t unusual.  In addition to its rapid growth, this tree is popular in landscapes because it develops beautiful textures and colors on its bark.  The interesting bark takes time to develop, but as the tree ages it typically gets more and more beautiful.  It does have fall color, with its leaves turning yellow before dropping.  This is a hearty tree well adapted to our location.  It is considered a moderate water use tree, but it also is drought tolerant.  Basically this means it grows best with a moderate amount of water, but it can survive without water if it needs to.

We get a lot of our information and pictures from the Austin Tree Expert site.