25 Best Trees to Plant in North Texas

Did you know that trees provide shade for your home, which can reduce your electric bills? Shade trees that cover a Dallas home reduce the amount of air conditioning you use—and you see that reduction on your electric bills.

Trees have other benefits too, such as

  • A place for children to play and use their imaginations—especially in a treehouse.
  • A place for birds to live with protection from their predators.
  • An outdoor science lab—from studying the bark to taking in the beautiful fall colors.
  • An air pollution filter making the air you breathe cleaner.
  • A woody plant that promotes calm and restoration for you after a busy day at the office.

Before You Buy Any Trees, Take Stock of Your Wise County Property

While a new tree adds many benefits, not all trees are created the same. For example, if you’re in the market for a shade tree, you need to consider where you’re planting it.

Stand where you plan to plant a shade tree and look up. If you see power lines, then a live oak, or any other large deciduous trees will be a bad choice for that spot.

If you’re a builder, you don’t want to place a red maple or a live oak sapling close to the house because as the tree grows, its roots could buckle the home’s foundation.

Indeed, you want to add your shade tree sapling on a wider expanse of your property so that the tree’s roots can spread out, the canopy shades more area as well as provides you years of a deciduous tree’s benefits.

Learn more: 6 Common Tree Planting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

Take in the Whole Tree

Deciduous trees provide cover, sturdy branches to build a treehouse, as well as years of beauty. Yet, some shade trees produce nuts, seedpods, and fruit that drop and create a mess.

If you prefer to avoid fall and spring cleanups because of your trees, then you need to consider the whole tree before you buy.

For example, a female ginkgo tree produces fruit with a noxious odor each time you, your pets, or your children step on them. And healthy female ginkgoes produce a lot of stinky fruit that you’ll need to clean up every fall.

Remember, the ideal tree doesn’t exist. However, you want a tree that will be part of your overall landscape design.

Read more: Don’t let your landscaper volcano-mulch your trees!

Here are some other things you need to consider before you buy any saplings for your Highland Village backyard:

  1. How big will the tree’s canopy be? Will the canopy provide the right amount of shade? Will the canopy look like it’s devouring your home when it’s fully mature?
  2. Will this tree produce nuts, fruit, or seedpods? Will this tree be messy with a lot of leaf drop after a windy storm? What about sap? For example, the tulip poplar produces sap that falls on driveways, walkways and on cars.
  3. Is this tree prone to a specific disease, or does it attract destructive insects, such as the emerald ash borer that kills ash trees?
  4. How will this tree look in your landscape when it reaches maturity?

Texas A & M provides a tree selector as well as many resources that will answer your questions about any deciduous trees you plant on your Argyle property.

25 Deciduous Trees to Choose From

If you’re ready to dive in, here is a list of 25 shade trees that will enhance your Denton property:

  1. Red maple (Acer rubrum) grows to 60’ H x 45’ W.
  2. Silver maple (Acer saccharinum) grows to 60’ H x 40’W.
  3. Box elder (Acer negundo) grows to 40’H x 60’W.
  4. Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) grows to 60’H.
  5. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) reaches 80’H.
  6. Pecan (Carya varieties) reaches between 60’H to 80’H.
  7. Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) grows to 60’H to 80’H.
  8. Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) grows to 60’H-80’H.
  9. Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) grows 80’H to 100’H.
  10. Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) reaches from 60’H to 80’H.
  11. Shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata) reaches from 40’H-60’H.
  12. Long leaf pine (Pinus palustris) reaches from 60’H-80’H.
  13. Water oak (Quercus nigra) grows up to 60’H to 80’H.
  14. Willow oak (Quercus phellos) reaches from 60’H –80’H.
  15. Live oak (Quercus virginiana) reaches from 40’H to 80’ H.
  16. Post oak (Quercus stellate) grows 60’H –80’H.
  17. Shumard Red Oak (Quercus shumardi) grows 60’H –80’H.
  18. Weeping willow (Salix babylonica) grows 50’ H x 50’W.
  19. American elm (Ulmus Americana) grows 60’H to 80’H.
  20. Tulip tree/yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) reaches between 60’H-80’H x 40’W.
  21. Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) reaches between 60’H x 80’
  22. Deodara cedar (Cedrus deodara) grows between 60’H to 80’H.
  23. Hackberry (Celtis laevigata) grows between 60’H to 80’H.
  24. Black gumtree/black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) reaches between 60’H to 80’H.
  25. Arizona ash (Fraxinus berlandieriana) reaches between 40’H to 60’H.

TreeNewal’s Certified Arborists Work with You to Find the Best Trees for Your Grapevine Backyard

At TreeNewal, we’re passionate about trees, their health, and their longevity. Don’t go on your own to pick out your next tree. Instead, we’ll work with you to find the trees that will meet your needs as well as the ones that will look best on your property.

We only get our trees from high-quality tree farms. The trees we get from our vendors grow in containers with #1 liners grown in root-modifying pots, which gives each tree a vigorous root system.

We’ll plant your trees and will maintain your trees throughout their lifetimes. Our tree fertilization program provides nutrients including MitoGrow, a rooting hormone as well as Biochar, fulvic, and humic acids to ensure that your Southlake or Westlake trees get the very best nutrients.

When your Bartonville trees get the nutrients that they need, these trees can survive North Texas’s ice storms, tornados, and hot, dry summers.

If you want to add a shade tree or more to your Dallas or Parker County yard, call us today at 817-533-8438 or fill out our contact form.

TreeNewal services the following counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise.

Additional sources:

LoveYourLandscape.org, “4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Backyard Tree.”

Ibid., “All Trees Matter.”