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Grow a Privacy Fence

Do you have an eye sore you would like to hide? Perhaps that air conditioning unit, garbage can or even something in your neighbor’s yard? Maybe you just need to block the view into your garden to create privacy? An easy solution for screening is an evergreen screen. Tall Evergreens Eastern Red Cedar (Juniper virginiana) […]

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flowsenna

Yellow flowers Height: 6-8′ Spread: 6-8′ Light: Sun Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Summer to fall Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Prune for shape only or to raise canopy if desired Dark green leaves; showy bloomer; susceptible to extremely cold weather

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Xylosma

Published on May 19, 2010 by in Evergreen Ornamental Trees, Ornamental Trees

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xylosma

White flowers; red foliage (new growth) Texas Native: n/a Height: 12-20′ Spread: 8-15′ Seasonal Interest: Spring Drought Tolerance: Medium Maintenance: Can be trained as a tree or a hedge Large, loose and airy shrub; inconspicuous flowers; adaptable to most soils; heat tolerant; occasional scale or red spider mites; hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, but may […]

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Wax Myrtle

Published on May 14, 2010 by in Evergreen Ornamental Trees, Ornamental Trees

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waxmyrtle

Blue berries Texas Native: Blackland Prairie Height: 12-15′ Spread: 15′ Seasonal Interest: Winter Drought Tolerance: Medium Maintenance: Prune for shape only and/or to raise canopy Fast-growing screen; prefers deeper soils; foliage aromatic when crushed; dwarf variables available at 8-10′ height; great wildlife tree that provides food and year round cover

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sandankwa

White Texas Native: n/a Height: 6-8′ Spread: 6-8′ Seasonal Interest: Spring Drought Tolerance: Medium Maintenance: Prune for shape or to raise canopy right after bloom Requires deep soil and good drainage; fairly fast-growing

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rustyblackhaw

White flowers; all foliage Texas Native: Blackland Prairie & Edwards Plateau Height: 15-20′ Spread: 10-15′ Seasonal Interest: Late spring & fall Drought Tolerance: Little Maintenance: Prune for shape or to raise canopy right after bloom Good understory tree; for deeper, well-drained soils; slow-growing; yellow, orange, and red fall color; fall fruit favored by birds

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sumac

White blooms; burgundy foliage Texas Native: Edwards Plateau Height: 8-10′ Spread: 6-8′ Seasonal Interest: Late summer; winter Drought Tolerance: Little Maintenance: Prune as needed to maintain natural form Glossy leaves turn burgundy in cool season; fuzzy, orange/red berries provide food for birds and other wildlife; needs good drainage

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retama

Yellow flowers Texas Native: Texas Height: 12-20′ Spread: 12-20′ Seasonal Interest: Spring to fall Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune for shape only or to raise canopy if desired Tolerates dry soils; green trunk and branches; seeds out; root suckers; thorns; fast growing, short lived

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mexredbud

Pinkish purple flowers Texas Native: Edwards Plateau Height: 12-15′ Spread: 12-15′ Seasonal Interest: Sun/part shade Drought Tolerance: Early spring Maintenance: Prune for shape or to raise canopy if desired; prune suckers ‘Mexican’ variety has small wavy leaves; ‘Texas’ leaves are large and less wavy; likes well drained sites; Eastern Redbud not recommended

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Pomegranate

Published on May 14, 2010 by in Deciduous Ornamental Trees, Ornamental Trees

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pomegranate

Orange flowers; yellow fall color Texas Native: n/a Height: 10′ Spread: 8′ Seasonal Interest: n/a Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune for shape only or to raise canopy if tree-like shape is desired Some varieties bear edible fruit; dwarf and non-fruiting varieties are available; tolerates shallow, rocky limestone soil

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