En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - May 14, 2011

From: Florence, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Rare or Endangered Plants
Title: Looking for Texas endangered trees to plant
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I have 2 acres of good soil that does not have any trees. I would love to give life to native Texas endangered trees but I can not purchase them anywhere. Do you have any suggestions?

ANSWER:

Texas Parks and Wildlife shows five trees and shrubs that are listed on the Endangered and Threatened Plants in Texas and the United States.  They are:

You can also see A List of the Rare Plants of Texas by Jackie M. Poole, Jason R. Singhurst and William R. Carr.

There are no trees on either of these lists that are native to Williamson County.   In order for rare or threatened plants (for that matter, any plant) to thrive, it needs the proper habitat and Williamson County wouldn't have it.

You might contact the Williamson County chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) for suggestions of uncommon trees native to the county that you could plant on your two acres.  They do have a list, Maintenance Guide for Texas Native and Adapted Plants, which includes plants that do well in the county.

Here are a few somewhat uncommon trees from that list:

Leucaena retusa (Goldenball leadtree)

Prunus mexicana (Mexican plum)

Ptelea trifoliata (Wafer ash)

Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain laurel)

Styphnolobium affine (Eve's necklace)

Ungnadia speciosa (Mexican buckeye)

Here are a few that aren't on their list:

Cornus drummondii (Roughleaf dogwood)

Condalia hookeri (Bluewood condalia) is endemic to Texas.

Cotinus obovatus (American smoke tree)

Ehretia anacua (Anacua) is endemic to Texas.

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn)

Fraxinus texensis (Texas ash)

Morus microphylla (Littleleaf mulberry)

You can look for nurseries in your area that specialize in native plants by searching in our National Suppliers Directory.

 

More Rare or Endangered Plants Questions

Smarty Plants on endangered Texas wildflowers
September 05, 2003 - We are interested in including a list of endangered Texas wildflowers in our garden club yearbook. Can you provide such a list?
view the full question and answer

Endangered/threatened status for Hexalectris spicata in Texas
November 17, 2007 - I was wondering about the status of Crested Coralroot Orchid (Hexalectris spicata) in Texas. Over the years I have located several clumps of them growing on a ranch in southern Bell county. The mos...
view the full question and answer

Propagation of endangered plant Texas trailing phlox from Carrollton TX
December 26, 2013 - 1. How many seeds does the Texas trailing phlox produce per season? 2. Can the seeds be taken from a living plant without hurting it? Thank You!
view the full question and answer

Interesting native orchids in MS.
August 21, 2012 - I have a stand of 18 Cyp. parviflorum orchids which I tell only few people about. I've been an hobby grower for over 15 yrs. Recently, I noticed I has some Spiranthes growing which thrilled me. Now, ...
view the full question and answer

Corrells false dragonhead
September 02, 2007 - I live in South Louisiana. I saw in a recent local paper a picture of Correll's false dragonhead and the small caption under the picture states that this flower is rare and hard to find. I took some...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center