Largest Shade Trees in Central Texas

Shade trees can vary from 70ft tall and 70ft wide to 30ft tall and 30ft wide. Before you buy make sure you have the right space for these beautiful shade trees. Below are some of the most popular in Texas.

Click on the picture of the tree for more information from Texas A&M Forest Service.

Bur Oak Tree

One of the largest native Texas trees, up to 80 ft tall and 50 ft wide. Recent studies show it is not a slow growing tree as thought by Texas A&M but usually grows 18"-24" a year. The leaf is extraordinary large and great for shade.

Pecan Tree - Texas State Tree

Pecan trees are typically large trees. 70 ft tall with a trunk diameter of 4-5 feet. Recommended varieties for central Texas include Sioux, Choctaw, Wichita, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Forkert, Cape Fear, Kiowa and Caddo.

Shumard Red Oak

30 ft - 50 ft tall and wide, the Shumard Red Oak is larger shade tree than the Texas Red Oak 15 ft - 30 ft. The leaf is also larger. They both have orange red fall colors.

Live Oak Tree

There are several varieties of Live Oak trees, the Southern is 30ft - 50ft tall and can be over 50ft wide. The only Evergreen Oak.

Monterrey Oak Tree

Also known as the White Mexican Oak, and Semi-Evergreen. 30-40ft tall and wide.

Cedar Elm Tree

25ft-50ft tall and 25ft-35ft wide. Gold foliage in the fall. Drought tolerant.

Chinese Pistache Tree

40ft tall and 30ft wide. Pest resistant. Beautiful red and yellow fall color. Texas Pistache smaller without fall color.

Montezuma Cypress Oak

70ft tall and 40-50ft wide with trunks up to 6ft. A very large fast growing tree with lots of history.

Mexican Sycamore Tree

50 ft tall and 30 ft wide. Drought tolerant tree smooth white-and-tan bark and large maple-like leaves with velvety, silver undersides. Mexican sycamore is slightly smaller than the American sycamore.

How important are our large shade trees to our home environments?  Consider a few of these.

  • Trees clean the air.Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
  • Trees provide oxygen. In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
  • Trees cool the streets. Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  • Trees conserve energy. Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.
  • Trees save water. Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. They increase atmospheric moisture.
  • Trees help prevent water pollution. Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents storm water from carrying pollutants to the ocean.
  • Trees help prevent soil erosion.On hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.
  • Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays.Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent.
  • Trees heal. Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.