Re: tree coming down/ Texas natives
Great site, Bonnie. Red Bay might be stretching it, although it does grow
in downtown San Antonio. The Texas Redbud would be a great choice also.
Both of these are butterfly host plants. Doubt Pam could grow the Fringe
tree (Chionanthus)....I have problems with mine, even with the supplemental
waterings.....I'm too far west, and I'm much further east than Pam.
Great choices that I forgot: Mexican plums are beautiful landscape trees,
much prefered over the Bradford Pear......blooms nicer, nicer shape and
interesting bark, like Bonnie mentioned. The Texas Persimmon too, is a lovely
evergreen tree, and produces fruit. It is far more drought and heat tolerant
than the regular Persimmon (D. virginiana) which requires chill hours to set
fruit, and doesn't handle the heat and drought as well.
There are numerous trees Pam....surely a nursery in your area would carry
one of these. Native trees are not only easier to care for but they are also
beneficial to the native bird and insect species that use their fruit,
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/7/2006 11:02:19 PM Central Standard Time,
wonderful website...lots of native trees but many will just grow in Eastern
Texas or in places with lots of water...I loved the red bay (Persea
borbonia var. borbonia) and you could use it to cook.
Also, What about Cercis canadensis var. texensis? Chionanthus virginicus
(if you could keep it watered)? Cotinus obovatus (you can see I'm into
fall color - also, very heat and drought tolerant and highly tolerant of
limestone soils)? Diospyros texana (one of Texas's premier small trees -
lovely bark)? Pistacia texana? Prunus mexicana? Rhus lanceolata
(extremely heat and drought tolerant, and its leaves are vivid red in the
fall)? Sapindus drummondii? Vaccinium arboreum (has beautiful red leaves
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