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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,  
foliage, etc.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/7/2006 11:02:19 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/tamuhort.html  -
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
in  fall)?

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