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Old 05-05-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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Default Good trees to plant at this time of year

Hello, fellow San Antonians.

I have a request for advice: After a long battle, I finally decided to cut down an old, dying magnolia tree in my backyard. Now, the space looks nice and clean, but I'd like to add another tree that is better suited to this climate--and quick to grow. I have at least two pecan trees on the property that are doing pretty well. Should I plant another, or is there something else that might be an even better option for a dry climate, with hot weather, and little water? And that provides lots of shade!

And would it make more sense to plant at another time of the year?

Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Helotes, TX
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Hello, fellow San Antonians.

Should I plant another, or is there something else that might be an even better option for a dry climate, with hot weather, and little water? And that provides lots of shade!

And would it make more sense to plant at another time of the year?

Thanks!
Plant a Monterrey Oak. It is a fast growing tree. I planted one 2 1/2 years ago and it is now about 25 feet tall and provides a lot of privacy for my elevated deck. The best time of year to plant would be this fall so the roots have more time to establish and not as hot.

Google Monterrey Oak for pictures of the tree.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Beat me to it. Cedar elm (no relation to cedar aka juniper) and red oaks are solid choices as well.

If you decide to plant now you will have to be extra vigilant during the summer to make sure it survives until fall. Honestly your odds for success are probably better then. Personally, I chose to plant in the middle of winter. The trees (live oak and cedar elm) were not so full the first year but look much better this year. Millberger had great prices on large trees in their back lot. Of course for these 20-30ft trees their delivery and planting is strongly recommended.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:30 AM
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Monterrey Oak, Southern Red Oak are good choices.

I've always bought at Fanicks on the SE side of town. Highly recommend them

Fanick Garden Center - San Antonio Nursery and Garden Center

Last edited by RGJ; 05-06-2010 at 08:32 AM.. Reason: clarify
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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check this site out for trees that grow really well in SA. The Chinese Pistache is really nice, I saw them at The Garden Center:
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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Thanks a ton for the replies! I'll definitely wait until fall to plant.

Once again, this board comes through. Feelin' the SA love!
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Plant a Monterrey Oak. It is a fast growing tree. I planted one 2 1/2 years ago and it is now about 25 feet tall and provides a lot of privacy for my elevated deck. The best time of year to plant would be this fall so the roots have more time to establish and not as hot.

Google Monterrey Oak for pictures of the tree.
I have a 10ft Monterrey Oak,
how big was yours when you planted it?
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