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Five trees to plant in the topography of Houston

Jessica Yang

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HOUSTON, TX - Are you considering adding a new tree to your Houston home? One may visit a garden center or consult a botanist and still be undecided. Consider today as your lucky day, as we will help narrow your options down to the five most excellent trees to plant in Houston in this post.

1. Oak Nuttall

If you're looking for a large tree, the Nuttall oak is a native red oak to the Houston area. The Nuttall oak is one of the greatest large shade trees to plant in Houston, according to Skip Richter, horticulturist with the Texas AgriLife Extension. Richter argues that the Nuttall oak thrives on moist, wet soils such as those found in Houston.

2. Elm Drake

The drake elm or often called the Chinese elm is the fastest growing and most shade-producing tree you can plant in Houston. While this lovely tree is underutilized in residential areas, it is frequently seen in shopping strips. It is easily identifiable by its bark, which peels off in shades of gray and orange. Skip Richter recommends this tree for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it is resistant to adverse situations and is quite attractive.

3. The redbud

The redbud tree (Cercis Canadensis) is a lovely tiny flowering tree that blooms in early spring, about the time the azaleas do. It is drought-tolerant, adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions, and matures to a height of approximately 20 feet. This is one of the little trees that offers excellent fall color with lovely colors of yellow in the autumn.

4. Magnolia de Southern

Southern magnolias (Magnolia Grandiflora) are a famous evergreen tree in Houston, and with good reason. It is graceful and dignified, with fragrant white blossoms in the spring. The leaves of this tree are dark and dense, providing excellent privacy. However, avoid planting this tree in your front yard if you want to showcase the front of your home since its lush leaves would impede the view.

5. Fan Palm of Mexico

Summers in Houston are undoubtedly hot, and many Texans own pools, which means palm trees are the favored trees. While the queen palm is top-rated, the Mexican fan palm is a superior selection. Mexican fan palms grow quickly and, unlike other palm tree kinds, are highly tolerant to Houston's droughts and the occasional ice.

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