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Blooming Trees

Wild Olive

By Mary Beth / November 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

Sunday was the perfect day to spend outdoors – cool and sunny.  After burning the branches already in the fire pit, we wandered through the yard trimming dead wood to keep the fire going.   It gave us a chance to take a good look at our trees – how they’ve grown, what looks good, and what…

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Chapote

By Mary Beth / May 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Texas Persimmons, also known as Chapote, is a small semi-deciduous tree with dark  green leaves. It is often low forking or multi-trunked.   In South Texas, Texas Persimmons performs much like a live oak, retaining its leaves throughout the winter and then dropping them shortly before flushing fresh leaves in the spring.  It prefers well drained, alkaline soils.   …

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Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Mountain Laurel

By Mary Beth / January 4, 2020 / 0 Comments

Native to Southwest and Central Texas, the blooms of the Texas Mountain Laurel are one of the first signs of spring.      The flowers are typically dark purple but occasionally a tree will bloom in pale lavender or white.   No matter the color, the flower clusters have the distinctive aroma of grape soda.   Mountain Laurels are…

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