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Trees on our lot – 9 different species found so far

WHITE OAK

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We have only a few of these trees in our yard, yet they are the dominant hardwood tree of Eastern North America. The White Oak acorns are less bitter than the Red Oaks, and these acorns are a valuable food for Nuthatches, Thrushes, Jays, Woodpeckers, and Wood Ducks.

White Oak

YELLOW PINE

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We have a stand of many of these tall pines in the southwest corner of our lot, which we kept to provide shade and privacy. We removed all the pine trees from the backyard area near the house, and several along the driveway and near the garage. Just didn’t want all those toxic pine needles falling everywhere!

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SAW PALMETTO PALM

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In the south and west areas of Lot 9, we have quite a few of these shrubby dwarf palm trees, mostly about 3-5 feet tall. They are native to southeastern United States especially along the Gulf Coastal plains, and they are one of the most cold-tolerant palms.

Saw Palmetto Palm

RED OAK

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These are our prized, tall, mature hardwood trees. Red Oak trees are highly regarded as ornamental & shade trees. In autumn, the leaves turn vivid red and orange. Their acorns are very bitter and take almost 2 years to mature.
Red Oak

MESQUITE

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Also called Ironwood, we have one Mesquite tree along the far edge of the backyard. Mesquite wood is very hard, and the trees are extremely hardy and drought-tolerant. The tree’s flowers provide a nectar source for bees to produce mesquite honey (monofloral honey), which has a characteristic flavor.

Mesquite

CHINESE TALLOW

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We have a few of these trees in Lot 9 near the southwest corner. The Chinese Tallow tree is a fast-growing, highly ornamental tree which is not native, being introduced from Asia. It is categorized as an invasive plant species in Texas. Leaves turn bright yellow, orange, or red in the fall.

Chinese Tallow

CEDAR ELM

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We have several of these trees. They are large, deciduous hardwood trees, found mostly in East Texas and Arkansas. The wind-pollinated reddish-purple colored flowers are produced in the late summer.

Cedar Elm

WATER OAK

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A medium-sized deciduous hardwood tree which grows to 100 feet tall, it is part of the Red Oak family. We have several of these in the backyard and either side yard. Water Oak acorns are an important food for Bobwhite Quail, White-tailed Deer, Raccoon, and Eastern Gray Squirrel.

Water Oak

SWEET GUM

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We have kept a few along the southern and very back edge of the lot.  The Sweet Gum tree is very recognizable by their five-pointed star-shaped leaves. Their leaves turn different colors in the autumn, but these trees drop abundant quantities of little hard-spiked fruit balls everywhere and make a mess.

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