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Leaves of a cedar elm (300 x 240)

Five great things about Cedar Elm trees

By Mary Beth / November 22, 2021 / 0 Comments

We hear a lot these days about how important native trees and plants are. Cedar Elms are one of my favorite native Texas trees. Here are five of the things I most love about cedar elms! GREAT FOR URBAN YARDS! Cedar Elm doesn’t grow as wide a canopy as some shade trees so it’s a…

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A row of cedar elms (300 x 229)

Cedar Elm

By Mary Beth / October 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

I am hoping that this winter the stars will align and we will have the perfect conditions for some of our trees to give us a little fall color.   Cedar Elms are one of the few species that show off their bright yellow and golden orange leaves.   This Texas native is often overlooked but has lovely characteristics and is…

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Honey Mesquite Trees

By Mary Beth / July 3, 2020 / 4 Comments

The honey mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) is a pod-bearing tree native to South Texas. This time of year, you may notice the sap oozing from parts of the trunk and branches. Well, that’s exactly why it’s called HONEY Mesquite. Some may say it’s for the sweet, honey producing flowers but I don’t think it’s that…

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A Texas persimmon tree (768x1024)

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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Spanish Daggers - Yucca Treclueana

Spanish Dagger or Pita

By Mary Beth / March 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

Although not technically a tree, one of our favorite “trees” is Yucca trecleana, or Spanish Dagger.   This is a water-wise plant commonly found in brush lines and in the ranch country.    It has stiff wide leaves with extremely sharp tips.    I’ve read that an Indian tribe used these leaves to stab around…

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