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.



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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Texas Persimmon

Texas 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 it grows well in alkaline soil and summer heat.

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Crabapple Malus angustifolia

Slow growing deciduous tree. Will need irrigation to get established, then drought tolerant. Does well in Parker County alkaline soils. This Texas native gives excellent fall color and a showy and fragrant flower in the spring. Great for bees and butterflies.

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Desert Willow

Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis

Small, deciduous fair growth rate. Very drought tolerant and does well in the Parker County alkaline soils. Showy pink flower in spring and summer. This tree works well in a cactus garden or as an accent tree to a garden of cactus or succulents. Do not over water this tree.

 Firewise - Designation by Texas A&M Forest Service