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.



Carolina Buckthorn

Carolina Buckthorn Rhamnus caroliniana

A Texas native, that should have been named Texas Buckthorn is actually called Carolina Buckthorn. A small deciduous tree with a moderate growth rate.

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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 Pecans.

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Red Bud

Redbud Cercis canadensis OR Cercis reniformis

The Redbud will grow in full sun or dappled shade.  A small deciduous tree 20 foot by 10 foot when mature will bloom during spring in shades of purple, pink, or white, followed by seed pods.  The Oklahoma cultivar (Cercis reniformis) performs better than the Texas cultivar (Cercis canadensis). Most nurseries keep in stock a proven variety, Cercis canadensis commercially called Forest Pansy Redbud.

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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 up to 4 feet in diameter.

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