Best Trees of Parker County
To help in your decision making for selecting a tree, these entries have been divided three categories:
- Small trees, under 30 feet in height need an area of less 120 square feet
- Medium trees, 30-60 feet in height need an area of less than 180 square feet
- Large trees, up to and over 70 feet in height need an area of over 180 square feet
Our Best of Trees for Parker County recommends only drought tolerant specimens. Granted, every tree needs an ample amount of water the first year of growth or during the time the tree is getting established. After that period, the tree should be able to do well with rainfall, and minimal irrigation. When picking a tree for your lawn, take time to do your homework. Decide if you want the tree for aesthetics, privacy, or have a purpose, such as, blocking an unsightly view. Consider the growing rate of the tree. All trees will take some time to mature and accomplish your goal. Some will take much longer than others. Remember, you do not want a tree that will over power the surrounding landscape or be a burden by needing continued attention. The list provided are trees that Parker County Master Gardeners prefer.
Arizona Cypress Arizona Cypress Cupressus arizonica ssp. arizonica This is a native Texas evergreen with a height of up to 90 feet. The trunk generally reaches 2 feet in diameter and will have unique blue-gray foliage. The tree can be seen in the natural settings of...
Bur Oak Bur Oak - Quercus macrocarpa A large deciduous tree being able to reach 80 feet in height; however, the spread is generally less than 30 feet when mature.The leaf of a Bur Oak can be 12 inches long and over 4 inches wide and have different shapes on a single...
Pecan Pecan Carya illinoinensis Who does not love the state tree of Texas. The Pecan can rise 120 feet in height and with a 75 foot canopy. This is quite an impressive tree. It will take a good amount of space to grow, so take that into consideration when planting...
Shumard Oak Shumard Oak - Quercus shumardii A large forest tree reaching heights of 100 feet or more and a trunk to 3 feet in diameter, with a wide-spreading, symmetrical crown. The Shurmard is drought tolerant after established and does well in alkaline soils. It...
Live Oak Live Oak Quercus virginiana A Live Oak is considered a medium size tree because of its height, however; this tree will take a large area to grow because of its canopy. The canopy of a Live Oak can spread to well over 100 feet and its short stout trunk can be...
Crape Myrtle Crapemyrtle Lagerstroemia indica Yes, Crape Myrtles come in sizes from 2 foot to 25 foot. For a recommendation in the tree section of this website, the discussion will embrace the larger 20 plus feet specimens. As many know, the Crape Myrtle comes in a...
ChittamwoodChittamwood Sideroxlyon langinosum This tree is commonly known as gum bumelia, woolly bumelia or woolly buckthorn. Grows in full sun, semi-evergreen. Mature size 60’x40’. This thorny tree blooms in summer in shades of white and yellow, followed by berries....
Chinkapin OakChinkapin Oak - Quercus muehlenbergii The Chinkapin or Chinquapin, is a fair sized deciduous oak in the white oak group. At maturity this tree will reach 70 feet with a 30 foot canopy. A positive feature is that it can take up to 30 years to produce a...
Bigtooth Maple Bigtooth maple Acer grandidentatum The Bigtooth maple is native of the Edwards Plateau and the Parker County area. This is an interesting small to medium tree. It can grow up to 50 feet and have a canopy of 30 feet. It works well in rough terrains and...
Texas PersimmonParker Co Master Gardeners - FAQ's - Small Trees - Texas PersimmonTexas Persimmon (Chapote) Diospyros texana This a great small Texas native. It is deciduous with a slow growth rate and minimal water needs after established. Great for Parker County as...
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