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Saturday - January 31, 2009

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Evergreen native trees for Austin
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Please recommend all evergreen native trees for Austin TX.

ANSWER:

We will do this by going to our Recommended Species section, clicking on Central Texas on the map, then NARROW YOUR SEARCH, on which we will select by "Tree" under habit. Then, we will follow the plant link to the page on that particular tree and find out if it is evergreen. There is not a whole lot of choice in evergreen trees, and two of these we are listing, Ilex vomitoria (yaupon) and Rhus virens (evergreen sumac) are really classified as shrubs, but can be trained up into small trees. The others are Juniperus virginiana (eastern redcedar), Quercus fusiformis (plateau oak) and Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain-laurel)


Juniperus virginiana

Quercus fusiformis

Sophora secundiflora

Ilex vomitoria

Rhus virens

 

 

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