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Recommended Trees for North Central Texas

The Shumard Red Oak is one of many large shade trees recommended for North Central Texas landscapes.
Large Trees Recommended for North Central Texas include the Shumard Red Oak.

Published August 1, 2018 By BRYAN ADKINS


Soil, temperature, and rainfall dictate what tree species will grow successfully in an area. The following trees have proven over time to be good selections for North Central Texas, however, there are potential problems with all tree species.
On most residential lots, it is recommended to plant two to four-inch caliper trees. Generally, it takes two to three years for a tree to become established and thrive. Larger trees are available; then again, the larger the tree is at planting, the longer it takes to establish itself and the lower the survival rate.
Contact a reputable nursery to purchase, plant, and guarantee your tree.


Large Trees

American Elm

Arizona Cypress

Bald Cypress

Bur Oak

Caddo Maple

Cedar Elm

Chinquapin Oak

Deodar Cedar

Lacebark Elm

Live Oak

Mexican Sycamore

Monterrey Oak


Pond Cypress

Shumard Red Oak

Southern Magnolia


Texas Red Oak


Medium Trees

Bigtooth Maple

Claudia Wannamaker Magnolia

Common Persimmon

D.D. Blanchard Magnolia

Eastern Red Cedar

Eve's Necklace

Ginkgo biloba

Lacey Oak

Little Gem Magnolia

Shantung Maple

Trident Maple


Screening Trees

Arizona Cypress

Blue Point Juniper

Burford Holly

Carolina Cherry Laurel

East Palatka Holly

Eastern Red Cedar

Little Gem Magnolia

Mary Nell Holly

Nellie R. Stevens Holly

Savannah Holly

Taylor Juniper

Yaupon Holly


Ornamental Trees

Blue Point Juniper

Carolina Buckthorn

Carolina Cherry Laurel

Crepe Myrtle

Deciduous Holly

Desert Willow

East Palatka Holly


Forest Pansey Redbud

Japanese Maple

Mexican Buckeye

Mexican Plum

Nellie R. Stevens Holly

Oklahoma Redbud

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum

Savannah Holly

Saucer Magnolia



Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Perssimon


Yaupon Holly

About the author

Mr. Bryan Adkins

Mr. Adkins is a degreed forester and a member of the certified arborist team at Arborilogical Services, “The Experts Your Trees Deserve.”®

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