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Old 04-22-2010, 07:12 PM
 
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What are the best types of trees and shrubs to plant in the Houston climate? I want types that will provide privacy (grow atleast 6 feet tall), can withstand both the summer heat and the winter cold spells.

Also, please recommend a great landscaper from the Katy or West Houston areas if you know one.


Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:37 PM
 
Location: South of Houston
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I recommend the red tip photinia for the shrub, as it will give great privacy and doesn't require much care (other than prunning). There are several trees that can be planted in the area that provide great shade and live a long time. Some I would suggest are the live and red oaks, bald cypress, and bradford pear.

Visit the 740 ktrh website gardenline as it will answer most of your questions for this area.

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Old 04-23-2010, 05:34 AM
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Southern Wax Myrtle is a Texas native and I love the small elongated leaves. You can leave it as a shrub or limb it up to a tree shape.

Look at these websites for more ideas....

Texas Superstar®

Recommended Ornamental Plants for Southeast Texas Including Houston and Beaumont

TPWD:Texas Plant Information Database

Red tips photinias are actually not recommended for Texas, even though you see them everywhere. It is considered an invasive plant in Texas. Here's just one website that lists invasive species...

Texas Invasives
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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Default Texas tree selector by TX Forest Service

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Old 04-23-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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Now that is a very cool site!
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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Bottlebrush are fantastic, but often overlooked, ornamental trees. They are very hardy in Houston and have hot red blooms (in the readily available variety). Use them anywhere you would use a crape myrtle, but where having an evergreen is desired.

Please no red tip photinias...they are invasive and disease easily. They need to go the way of the Tallow.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I saw a tree last fall in the Heights that had flowers on it. This seemed unusual. Tree was small size, with beautiful white flowers. How could I find out what it was.

This was the flower from the tree:
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink

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Old 04-23-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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Smile Thanks Very Much!

Thank you all for all of the wonderful sites and recommendations. I really apreciate it!
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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I saw a tree last fall in the Heights that had flowers on it. This seemed unusual. Tree was small size, with beautiful white flowers. How could I find out what it was.

This was the flower from the tree:
Picasa Web Albums - Oskar_Z28
That's a flower from a magnolia tree.

Just sayin'...

Ronnie
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: ATX-HOU
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What are the best types of trees and shrubs to plant in the Houston climate? I want types that will provide privacy (grow atleast 6 feet tall), can withstand both the summer heat and the winter cold spells.

Also, please recommend a great landscaper from the Katy or West Houston areas if you know one.


Thanks in advance!
I can't recommend anything in particular but urge you to plant native trees and shurbs. Houston has a great climate for all types of vegetation.
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