Did you know that Houston is home to over 33 million trees?
You might think of cowboys and oil refineries when you think of Texas, but the Lone Star state is home to some of America's largest urban forests.
But if you want to add to the towering urban canopy by planting your own tree, knowing when and what to plant can be daunting if horticulture isn't your trade.
But not to worry, here's everything you need to know about the best time to plant trees in Houston.
The right time to plant a tree will depend on the type of tree you want to plant. Just like other flowering and fruit-bearing plants, there is an optimum time of year for planting and pruning trees too. The best time of year can be autumn, winter, spring, or summer, it all depends on the tree.
Planting and caring for your tree all comes down to timing. A healthy tree can make or break your landscape design.
This brings us to what to plant. There are definitely some trees that fare better in Houston's climate than others. Consider the climate, the type of soil, the amount of growing space you have, sun exposure, and the purpose the tree will serve before setting your heart on a specific species.
If you're looking for flowering or showy trees for a smaller space, the redbud, fringe tree, and crapemyrtle is ideal for Houston. If your space is free of power lines and you can support a larger tree, you have a lot of options. A red maple, river birch, green ash, sweetgum, bald cypress, cedar elm, American elm, and southern magnolia are all large trees that produce flowers or achieve a showy look.
If you're only looking to attract wildlife, the Texas persimmon is the best short tree option. If you want a larger tree, the loblolly pine, live oak, bur oak, water oak, and overcup oak will all attract local wildlife.
The Mexican plum and hawthorn are smaller trees that will impress humans and wildlife. The white oak, Shumard oak and American holly are larger trees that will attract both humans and wildlife too.
If you're more interested in function but still want to attract wildlife go for the southern wax myrtle or the cherry laurel. Both of these trees are great shorter options. If you have room for a larger tree, consider the eastern redcedar.
There are also a few edible tree options that thrive in Houston and also attract wildlife. If you need a shorter tree, try the yaupon. Pecan and black walnut trees are large tree options that will feed you and local wildlife.
Adding a tree to your property can completely transform your landscape. But it all comes down to knowing the best time to plant trees and choosing the right tree for your needs. A great tree can become a great pain if it isn't properly placed or cared for.
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