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.

 

 

Goldenball Leadtree

Goldenball Leadtree Leucaena retusa

Grows in full sun to partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 15’x10’. Blooms periodically in spring in bright yellow puff balls, followed by long seed pods. Lends a tropical look to the landscape. Excellent small trees suited for providing light shade with a tropical look. Leaves are soft green with a slightly weeping aspect.

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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.

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Mexican Plum

Mexican Plum, Prunus mexicana

Mexican plum is a beautiful single-trunk, spring-flowering small tree with bark that eventually gets dark and striated, peeling off in patches. It gets as tall as 25 feet and is fast-growing, making it a good tree for new landscapes.

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Chittamwood

Chittamwood 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. Chittamwood is usually found in open woods or along fence rows in all areas of Parker County. It is well adapted to the blazing summer heat and is very drought tolerant. The tree is adaptable to most any soil type of the county.

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