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Old 02-06-2019, 05:00 PM   #1
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I am starting from scratch on our new homesite. We built in a pasture, and our little over acre that is fenced doesn't have a single tree in it. I am wanting to get something going. I spoke with a guy earlier today, about getting some live oaks to plant. Are these good for a front yard tree. This is in East Texas with sandy loam type soil. What else do you guys recommend that grows well and I will not regret later on.

Also, looking for any pointers/advice in regards to planting trees. Or info about layout of trees. Thanks for any info!
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:03 PM   #2
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Live oaks will take forever to get any size- beautiful once they are 20 or 30 years old. If you are looking for fast growing that will provide a lot of shade you can look at Silver Maple. I have planted a couple at two different places and they grow well and provide lots of shade. Don't plant near your septic system- roots will give it fits.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:03 PM   #3
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Texas Red Oak (Shumard Oak)
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:06 PM   #4
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Monterrey oaks.grow pretty fast. Fertilize each year.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:11 PM   #5
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Don't plant a Ash tree. I have 5 of those dang things to cut down.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:18 PM   #6
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east texas, pine trees what else!

silver maples grow very fast also tend to blow over easier than most others, live oaks are awesome but slow,, Bradford pears grow fast make great shade and don't get overly tall
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:18 PM   #7
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Plant a pine tree. They grow fast and are evergreen. Places like The Woodlands have created awesome landscapes with pine trees.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:22 PM   #8
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Live oak they grow alot faster than you think. I have one that's 6 years old and over 30 ft across and 25 ft tall

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Old 02-06-2019, 05:23 PM   #9
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Come to my house and I can show you what a Silver Maple looks like. Lufkin is just down the road from me.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:24 PM   #10
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:26 PM   #11
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Plant both fast and slower growing trees. The Maple, ash, and bradford pear are good for fast grown and quick shade, but may die off in 20-30 years. By then the oaks should be developed and take over the void they leave in your yard.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:04 PM   #12
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I like that! What size did it start at
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:09 PM   #13
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A stick. I just fertilized it after the second year and trimmed it. They grow fast.

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Old 02-06-2019, 07:46 PM   #14
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Here is a great source....

http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/CustomSelector.aspx
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:05 PM   #15
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Growing up in East Texas, I will never intentionally plant a pine tree at my house. They just aren’t that special to me. I love oaks on the other hand, so I would look at planting some oaks (white oak, red oak, etc). Downside is that oaks take a long time to mature. But I’m partial to hardwood trees, so that’s what I would do
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:34 PM   #16
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I would plant a variety (except the pines).
My live oak trees grow like crazy at Leon Co.
Water and fertilize. In full sun you will be
Amazed at the nice tree in a few years
My red oaks seem to be growing slower, but they are nice
Shakes trees.

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Old 02-06-2019, 09:04 PM   #17
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Growing up in East Texas, I will never intentionally plant a pine tree at my house. They just aren’t that special to me. I love oaks on the other hand, so I would look at planting some oaks (white oak, red oak, etc). Downside is that oaks take a long time to mature. But I’m partial to hardwood trees, so that’s what I would do
I’m the same way. I know they’re are seen as beautiful trees by many folks, but I have been in them my whole life!
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:24 PM   #18
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Shady Lady tree (Bucida buceras), commonly known as the black olive tree
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:29 PM   #19
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A nice Mesquite tree would be Unique.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:32 PM   #20
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Sawtooth oaks grow quicker than most oaks and make a nice tree. I would recommend plan for the future growth of the trees.

Utilize a variety of trees both hardwoods and evergreens. There are other evergreens besides pine trees that can provide green through the winter.

Don't plant to close to your house, leave plenty of room between the trees, don't plant near your septic system.
Good luck with your landscaping.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:35 PM   #21
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Pecan
Riverside native or choctaw paper shell type
Red oak or Burr oak
Sweet Gum
Maple
Cypress are very stately trees I love the look of them.
I planted one 17 years ago at my grandfather s headstone and it’s over 35 ft tall now
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:40 PM   #22
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After that freak hurricane that came through east tx in 2005 do take this into account when planting trees around the house. After living in the Houston area for 35 years when we built our home in East Tx there are no trees within fall distant of our house.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:57 PM   #23
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Good idea to plan how close planted to the house, branch spread say 10 years from now, you don't want to deal with branches over the roof-line or root uplifting later down the road.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:22 PM   #24
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Plant a pine tree. They grow fast and are evergreen. Places like The Woodlands have created awesome landscapes with pine trees.

Especially if you like pine sap on your stuff, struggling to get things to grow under them, dealing with limbs breaking out from wind or ice and just being a general pain
Pine trees are good for making money but otherwise a PIA

Sweet gum is right behind them
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:22 PM   #25
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Live oaks are messy since they drop leaves all year. Get a red oak or chinquapin oak.

Pecans are nice but also messy. Cedar elms can be nice. Don't get a sweetgum or Ash.

Chinese Pistache are foreign but have nice color and are hardy.

Ornamental pears are the dumbest trees you can plant.

For small trees, cherry plums are nice. Dogwoods do well in part shade. Desert willows are awesome.
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:28 PM   #26
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Burr Oak, Overcup Oak, Schumard Red Oak, Pecan, Lacebark Elm, Chinkapin Oak, Cedar Elm, Japanese Blueberry
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:52 PM   #27
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:19 AM   #28
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Hey man we have a tree Nursery and farm a few miles south of you in Hillister. Live Oaks actually do well in East Texas with the soil it has we have hundreds and hundreds on the ground that have grown fast. When they get a certain size we put them in B&B. We have alot of different oak varieties, maples,cypress,fruit trees, etc. We have great prices and can install if customer desires. If interested shoot me a PM and I can send some pics unless you want to come down we will be more then happy to show you some
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:47 AM   #29
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Now now Justin, I am making you a deal on the Live Oaks! Man, You got more varying responses than a “what side by side is the best” thread! Lol. It was good visiting with you today!

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Old 02-07-2019, 01:11 AM   #30
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:11 AM   #31
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:14 AM   #32
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Now now Justin, I am making you a deal on the Live Oaks! Man, You got more varying responses than a “what side by side is the best” thread! Lol. It was good visiting with you today!
Haha, I am not doubting the deal you gave me at all! I am thinking to plant multiple kinds now and getting ideas.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:16 AM   #33
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I planted 2 red buds and a live oak when we built our house. Both are doing great and I love them.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:20 AM   #34
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Live oaks are nice, I like the cypress, and for shade look at a yellow poplar.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:56 AM   #35
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:31 PM   #36
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Plant a couple sweet gum trees. One of the most beautiful fall foliage trees in Texas. I planted two in my yard, wish I had planted more.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:44 PM   #37
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We have plenty of trees around the house we live in now and on the back of our property but where we plan to build in a few more years has no trees to block the evening sun so I need to go ahead and plant some now to get a head start.
Also the driveway to the future home sight is 200 yards and the wife wants it lined with trees. I plan on those being live oaks, can anyone offer insight on what kind of spacing I should go with between trees?
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:44 PM   #38
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Plant a couple sweet gum trees. One of the most beautiful fall foliage trees in Texas. I planted two in my yard, wish I had planted more.
Holy crap ! Nothing like sweetgum balls, while you're at it plant some China berry trees beautiful fall foliage. :-):-)

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Old 02-07-2019, 12:45 PM   #39
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We have plenty of trees around the house we live in now and on the back of our property but where we plan to build in a few more years has no trees to block the evening sun so I need to go ahead and plant some now to get a head start.
Also the driveway to the future home sight is 200 yards and the wife wants it lined with trees. I plan on those being live oaks, can anyone offer insight on what kind of spacing I should go with between trees?
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:54 PM   #40
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Go to your local county extension office and find out what tree species are best adapted to that area, preferably native. Your type of soil will have a lot to do with which species is best. You can then decide if you want to get a small tree for $100 +/- or spend several hundred on getting a tree that is an automatic shade maker. Also, based on species selection, Nativ Nurseries a company affiliated with Mossy Oak has some air pruned trees that grow really fast because they don't go through the transplant shock or it is much less severe.

The time is good for planting now with most trees in dormancy, that window is closing though with bud break not too far in the future.

I would hesitate to plant any ash right now as the emerald ash borer has been spotted in several counties in Texas and it can wipeout ash trees.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:58 PM   #41
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A nice Mesquite tree would be Unique.
Call me crazy, but I halfway considered planting a bull mesquite.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:59 PM   #42
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We have plenty of trees around the house we live in now and on the back of our property but where we plan to build in a few more years has no trees to block the evening sun so I need to go ahead and plant some now to get a head start.
Also the driveway to the future home sight is 200 yards and the wife wants it lined with trees. I plan on those being live oaks, can anyone offer insight on what kind of spacing I should go with between trees?
See below, think about power lines too. Hate to see the tops of trees cut off so there is clearance for power lines. Also, many new construction places plant too close and have the trees crowded never allowing the tree to fully express its canopy without hitting its neighbor.

The Texas Tree Planting Guide is an interactive guide that has lots of information and is fun to use. From the guide we learn that the live oak Quercus virginiana (Coastal live oak) is considered a large tree with a mature height of 40 to 80 feet, and approximately the same width. The minimum space requirement would be 180 square ft. Trees should be no closer that 40 to 50 ft. The roots are going to extend out from the trunk to reach the drip line at least, and perhaps even farther.
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Anyone ever tried a chestnut tree?

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Old 02-07-2019, 01:36 PM   #44
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I planted some Chinese pistachio trees and they grow fast!
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:56 PM   #45
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Speaking of Chinese Pistache, when would be the best time to transplant a tree into the yard, from a nursery container?
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:06 PM   #46
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I LOVE me some Live Oak.
Low Maintenance, good shade and almost an evergreen. Just very slow growing....
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Pine trees are like magnolias... they're really pretty in the neighbor's yard, way over there.
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:28 PM   #48
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Monterrey oaks.grow pretty fast. Fertilize each year.
x2 (a.k.a. Mexican white oaks). They planted a few of those at the TJC campus a few years ago and they had exploded when I went back there this past fall.
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x2!!!! Magnolia has to be one of my favorites and depending on the variety you plant they can grow from 18" to 36" per year
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:47 PM   #50
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x2!!!! Magnolia has to be one of my favorites and depending on the variety you plant they can grow from 18" to 36" per year
What variety do you recommend?
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