Tree Library

Trees and Palms

ALWAYS GREEN TREES

An evergreen tree keeps its leaves all year round. Most conifer trees are evergreen. They can be found in most parts of the world, except the hotter parts of the tropics. Broad-leaf trees from cool climates usually lose their leaves in the autumn, but those that grow in hot, dry parts of the world are often evergreen. Their leaves usually have a waxy coating to stop them from losing too much water in the heat of the sun.

FAST GROWING TREES

You will need to compare the "Growing Conditions" given for each tree you are considering planting to the characteristics of your site, to determine which would be the best tree for you. Once established, you can expect expect 18”-24” of average growth per year on a fast growing tree. And in exceptionally good years, and with good feeding and care, expect 3 feet of growth per year.

EXOTIC PALM TREES

There are over 2,500 species of palm trees. Palms are a member of the evergreen group. Not all palm trees are "trees," and not all plants called "palms" are truly palms. Palm trees have two different types of leaves: palmate and pinnate. There is a huge variety of sizes, shapes and textures. Most require the heat but there are a couple of varieties that have adapted to colder temperatures.

FLOWERING AND COLORFUL TREES

Flowering and colorful trees can have single trunks or shrubby type trees that may have multiple upright trunks growing to 15-feet or taller. There are thousands of tree species with various colors of blooms to choose from, making it difficult to select the right flowering tree. The trees we select for our site are ones that are native or have adapted to our soil types and climate conditions in the Hill Country.

CITRUS AND FRUIT TRees

A fruit tree is a tree which bears fruit that is consumed or used by humans and some animals — all trees that are flowering plants produce fruit, which are the ripened ovaries of flowers containing one or more seeds. Citrus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the rue family, Rutaceae. Plants in the genus produce citrus fruits, including important crops like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pomelo and limes.