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mexicanplum

White flowers Texas Native: Blackland Prairie/Edwards Plateau Height: 15-20′ Spread: 15-20′ Seasonal Interest: Spring Drought Tolerance: Little Maintenance: Prune for shape only or to raise canopy if desired Edible fruit; needs good drainage and fair amount of soil; good in full sun or as an understory tree

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Windmill Palm

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

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windmillpalm

Dark green foliage Texas Native: n/a Height: 25′ Spread: 7-10′ Seasonal Interest: n/a Drought Tolerance: Very low Maintenance: Prune in summer removing only dead fronds; are heavy feeders Furry-trunked appearance with dark green fan-shaped leaves; hardiest of palms; painful spines!; often planted in clumps; avoid west sun; hardy to 5 degrees Fahrenheit

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pindopalm

Whitish flowers grey-green foliage Texas Native: n/a Height: 15-20′ Spread: 8-10′ Seasonal Interest: Late spring Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune in summer removing only dead fronds; may need iron supplement Feather-shaped foliage; inconspicuous flowers; freeze tolerant except for exceptionally cold winters; plant on southern exposure; slow-growing; avoid planting on limestone; do not plant near […]

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txpersimmon

White flowers Texas Native: Edwards Plateau Height: 12-20′ Spread: 8-12′ Seasonal Interest: Spring Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune for shape only to raise canopy Attractive, smooth, gray bark; wildlife food; grows best in shallow, rocky limestone soils; female trees are fruit-bearing so can be messy; slow grower

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Mexican Olive

Published on May 14, 2010 by in Ornamental Trees

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mexolive

Grey-green foliage Texas Native: Texas Height: 15′ Spread: 15′ Seasonal Interest: Spring/summer Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune for shape or to raise canopy Furry-textured foliage; berries can be messy so don’t plant near driveways/sidewalks; top may die in hard freeze

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txmountainlaurel

Purple flowers Texas Native: Edwards Plateau Height: 10-20′ Spread: 8-12′ Seasonal Interest: Spring Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune for shape only or to raise canopy Showy flowers with strong grape bubble gum fragrance; poisonous seeds; needs good drainage; occasional caterpillar problems; slow grower

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Kidneywood

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

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kidneywood

White flowers Texas Native: Edwards Plateau Height: 8-15′ Spread: 6-8′ Seasonal Interest: Spring to fall Drought Tolerance: Very little Maintenance: Prune after bloom for shape only or to trim up into mini-tree form Fragrant flowers attract butterflies; blooms off and on through the season; loose airy foliage smells like citrus when crushed

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yauponholly

Red berries Texas Native: Blackland Prairie Height: 12-20′ Spread: 10-15′ Seasonal Interest: Winter Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Prune for shape only Small shade tolerant tree, females produce red berries in winter that attract birds; free of insects and diseases; poisonous

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possumhaw

Red berries Texas Native: Blackland Prairie & Edwards Plateau Height: 12-20′ Spread: 12′ Seasonal Interest: December to February Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Prune for shape only or to raise canopy Striking red berries on bare branches in winter; tolerates poor drainage; fruits best in full sun

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nelliestevens

Red berries Texas Native: n/a Height: 8-10′ Spread: 5-6′ Seasonal Interest: Fall/winter Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Prune in mid-winter to shape or to raise canopy Avoid over-pruning; female plant produces red berries if not sheared; inconspicuous blooms in spring; susceptible to iron chlorosis and scale insects

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