The 16-acre Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum is a classic arboretum featuring a diversity of Texas trees. A 1.07-mile looping path meanders through meadows of native grasses and wildflowers and connects visitors with groupings of trees. Major features include a collection of Texas oak species (Texas has the greatest diversity of oaks in the U.S.), the Hall of Texas Heroes (a collection of live oaks descended from famous oak trees across Texas) and the swings in the Cathedral Oaks. Opened in 2011, the arboretum is a "lifetime project" that serves as a resource for tree identification, field trips, outdoor classes and tree-related events.
The Xeric Collection
Trees for hot, dry, rocky, inhospitable places.
In much of south and west Texas, rainfall is sparse and soil is thin. Likewise, not all garden locations have abundant rain and deep, rich, loamy soil. Luckily, many plant species survive and thrive in the most demanding environments. Xeric species are adapted to dry environments and many are excellent in garden settings.
View The Xeric Collection Collection in Native Plant Information Network.