Winter Trees For Your Central Texas Landscape

At Aabear Tree Care, we often get asked for good tree recommendations to add beauty to their landscape. People tend to choose trees that offer nice fall color or pretty blossoms for the spring, but what about our winter models? In tree selection it is important to add variety with all the seasons in mind: summer, spring, fall and winter. Here are some of my winter favorites.

Some of our Texas Hill Country trees look naked this time of year. That's when a few of our winter models really get to show off. The sycamore is one of my favorites. Strip off its greenery, and the smooth white bark is quit stunning. You’ll see them growing along creeks and rivers throughout Liberty Hill, Georgetown, and Burnet. I have a beautiful one right in the middle of my back yard that I can’t stop looking at. If you want a fast growing tree, the Sycamore grows rather quickly sometimes reaching 100 feet tall.

Although not a native, the Arizona Cypress does very well in our area. The Arizona is drought tolerant and makes a good privacy screen while adding some color variation with its blue hue. Plus you can throw some decorations on it and have a living Christmas tree in your yard. Take a drive over to 1890 Ranch in, Cedar Park, TX, and you’ll see them all over the place. In right conditions, the Arizona can grow quite large. I’ve seen some with a twenty-foot spread and reaching heights of thirty feet. Did I mention they smell nice?

If you want to add a splash of color during the leafless months, go with the possum haw. After it loses its leaves, it displays an array of brilliantly red berries, which the wildlife in this area absolutely loves. Plant the possum haw near an Arizona Cypress and you will get a nice contrast with the red and the blue. I’ve seen some really pretty ones in Sun City, located in Georgetown, TX.

Some family members recently visited from Nebraska and were shocked to see some of our trees still had leaves on them. Yes, it was the king of the trees for this part of the world: the Mighty Live Oak. This tree is deciduous, but it’s leaves do not drop till the new leaves pop out. When everything else is bare, you can always count on the Live Oak to add greenery to your landscape. It is a slow growing tree, but it is one that does very well in this area. Some of my favorite live oaks are the ones that existed long before any of the houses around here were built. Their long twisting branches are a perfect spot to have bird feeders and wind chimes hang from.

There are off course many other trees that will work perfect in this area, but these are just a few to add some beauty to your Central Texas landscape.

See the beautiful white bark on this sycamore.