Mango Tree

 

 

Mangos are the apples of the tropics. One of the most common eaten fruits worldwide.

 

Mango tree planting is suitable in zones where temperatures do not usually dip below 40 F (4 C.). When Planting a Mango Tree use Organic well drained soil. Such as Maas Nursery Organic Soil.
Caring for mango trees must also include watching for pests and diseases. Deal with these as they occur with organic pesticides, cultural and biological controls or horticultural oils.

 

 

Barbados Cherry

Scientific Name(s): Malpighia galbra and other Malpighia species
Abundance: common
What: flowers, berries
How: flowers raw or tea; fruit raw, jelly, jam, wine
Where: landscaping
When: spring, summer, fall, winter
Nutritional Value: vitamin C

 

Barbados cherries originally came from the Caribbean. When it  was discovered that a single berry contains the daily recommended dose of vitamin C (That’s ONE cherry) it was quickly adopted by navies to help against scurvy and so was planted in many places. The plant doesn’t handle cold well, though it does fine in normal Southern winters if only a few hard frosts occur. They are evergreen, which increases their appeal in landscapes.

Plant in sunny, well-drained soil but do keep them watered. A layer of mulch will help prevent the roots from drying out.

 

 

 

Cleveland Select Flowering Pear

 

 

Plant Description

A distinctive columnar form makes this a great choice for street or yard planting. Gleaming white blooms in spring. Fall coloring is purplish red-orange. Deciduous.

Light Needs:

 Full sun

Watering Needs:

 Needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Average Landscape Size:

 Moderate grower to 40 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.

Key Feature:

Fall Color

Blooms:

Early Spring

Aristocrat Flowering Pear

Aristocrat Flowering Pear

 

 

Key identifying features- Wavy leaf margins in summer; popcorn flowers in spring.
Common name- Aristocrat pear
Scientific name- Pyrus calleryana – ‘Aristocrat’
Mature height- 40 feet
Mature spread- 40 feet
Form- Pyramidal in youth, maturing to a broad, oval form.
Fruit-Inconspicuous, persistent brown nut holds on to the tree for up to a year; not a significant litter problem.
Flowers- Large white flower clusters bloom in April, coating the tree for at least a week before the leaves emerge.
Foliage- Deciduous; dark green in summer, turns regal red in fall. Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate and have wavy margins that flutter in a summer breeze creating a performance in both sight and sound.
Growth rate.. Fast (two feet per year).
Culture- Tolerates most soil types including alkaline and clay; is pollution-resistant and tolerates both drought and wet soil, though a well-drained site is preferred. Grows best in full sun.
Best time to prune- In spring, after the blossoms have fallen. Prune regularly to maintain strong L-shaped branch angles.

 

Light Needs:

Full sun
Watering Needs:

Once established, needs only occasional deep watering.
Average Landscape Size:

Pyramidal tree 15 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide; to 36 ft. tall, 16 ft. wide in 15 years.
Key Feature:

Brilliant fall color
Blooms:

Spring

Fruit Tree Ideas

This month you should consider some fruit trees for the yard. They are a great way to promote a sustainable, local and organic lifestyle. There are quite a few to choose from. We have many varieties, but below are just a few! Call ahead to find out what we have in stock.

 

Pears: Most Pears we grow on the Gulf Coast are usually the canning varieties. Orient Pear

Southern Queen – Upright, heavy bearer, pollinate with Akers or Southern Bartlett.

Akers Home – Spreading shape, large fruit, softens when ripe, pollinate with Southern Queen or Southern Bartlett.

Atlas Super Orient – A hard pear, for canning. This tree can live up to 25 years!

Orient Pear – Pyramidal shape, can grow to 30 feet tall. Medium to large fruit ripens later than rest of fruiting varieties (August – September). Used for canning or baking.

 

Plums

Methley- Grows 15 foot, self pollinating, red fleshed plum.Santa Rosa Plum

Santa Rosa- Grows 15 foot, red fleshed plum.

 

Persimmon: These trees do not thrive well in windy areas

Fuyu – The one you find in the store. Pick when fairly soft, otherwise it’s almost mushy. A  very pretty tree, even if you don’t like the fruit. Grows about 25 feet tall, produces in winter.

Hachiya – Same rules apply, grows 25 feet, not as sweet, more acidic, not as popular for taste as the Fuyu.

 

Figs:  Deciduous, spreading, self pollinating, Spring producing tree. Varieties grow

from 10-30 feet tall. Celeste, Brown Turkey, Black Italian, Gold and

Purple LSU are some of the varieties we have at the nursery

 

 

 

 

Citrus: Most citrus is around 15 feet at maturity, dwarf varieties grow 6 to

10 feet, most produce fruit from Nov-Feb

Lemons- Improved Meyer, Ponderosa, Panzanella Cluster)

 

 

 

 

Norfolk Pine

by Daniel Cruz

Originally called the Norfolk Island pine, it originates from the Norfolk Island located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.norfolk pine

In its natural habitat, it can reach maximum pine Norfolkheights of 164 ft to 213 ft, this would be under optimum conditions. In Houston, the height would be more around 30 – 40 ft tall. It has a straight, vertical trunk and symmetrical branches. As it matures, the shape may become less symmetrical. The cones take about 18 months to mature and they disintegrate to release a edible nut-like seed.

 

These trees are very tolerant of sandy soil, salt and wind which make them ideal for coastal areas. However, young trees usually are grown as house plants to protect them from the cold of winter. If temperatures are too severe as in a long cold snap, the tree will not survive. Ideal temperatures would be 60-70 degrees with slightly cooler temps at night.

 

These make a great living Christmas tree but do like humidity of at least 50 percent so a humidifier would be a good idea.  After Christmas, it can be potted and placed near an area where it can get a couple hours of direct sunlight per day.  Turning the tree so each side receives sun will insure a more uniform growth on all sides. No fertilizer will be necessary during its resting period in the winter. When the top one inch of soil feels dry, give it enough water to trickle out of drainage holes. Do not let it sit in water for longer than 15 minutes.

 

So come take a look at these beauties and consider it for your holiday tree. Then you will also have its beauty year round.norfolk pine

Pecan Tree

Maas Nursery
Maas Nursery

The pecan tree (Carya illinoensis) was designated the official state tree of Texas in 1919.  The pecan can survive more than a thousand years and grow over 100 feet tall. Proper attention to cultural requirements and pest control will help to assure a long and productive life for home pecan trees.  The tree is popular for landscaping and as a source of nuts. When Planting the Pecan Tree the size is important; avoid trees smaller than 4 feet tall, and more than 8 feet tall. Pecans are damaged by several insect and disease pests and control measures usually are necessary to mature a good crop. Pecans are mature and ready to harvest anytime after the shuck begins to open. It is easier to wait and harvest nuts by shaking or thrashing branches after shucks are wide open and partially dried. However, the longer you wait, the more pecans that may be lost to predators. Squirrels, crows, blue jays, wild turkeys, raccoon’s and deer all can cause serious yield reduction. 

 

Flowering Trees

Nothing catches your eye like a flowering tree.  In the early spring when the red buds start blooming the requests for them quadruple.  Who wouldn’t notice a leafless tree with vibrant pink to purple blooms covering every branch?  The same thing happens when the Mexican plum is in bloom with all those beautiful white blossoms and when the coral colored seedpods appear on the Golden rain tree.  If you have taken notice of these or other flowering trees and are considering adding one to your landscape, this is the article for you.

Below is a list of flowering trees that will grow and thrive in our area.  The list includes the size of the tree, when it blooms and what color the blooms are.  Enjoy!

 

Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora – native evergreen, full sun to part shade, usual height is 10-15’ tall (can get up to 30’ tall) Blooms in early spring.  Fragrant purple flowers, blooms attract insect pollinators and butterflies, highly deer resistant

Chaste Tree

Vitex angus-castus – Deciduous, Full sun, Purple Blooms in the summer, Flowers are fragrant.  15-25’ tall

Eve’s necklace

 Sophora affinis – Native deciduous, full sun to shade, rosy pink blooms in the spring, grows 15-35’ tall, Flowers attract bees and nectar insects, moderately deer resistant

Parsley Hawthorn

Crataegus marshallii – Native deciduous tree, Part shade, grows to 25’ tall, dainty white blossoms in the spring, this tree is a bee attractor, butterfly nectar plant, red fruit for birds.

 

Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica – Deciduous, full sun, blooms in summer, attracts bees and hummingbirds provides food for birds

Natchez – white flowers, Broad tall tree growth habit, 20-30’tall, high mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – great

  Regal Red

  Zuni – Violet flowers, rounded growth habit, 9-12’tall, Good mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – good

  Muskogee – Light lavender flowers, broad tall tree growth habit, 25’+ tall, high mildew resistance, red orange fall color

  Dynamite – Red flowers, upright growth habit, 20-25 tall, good mildew resistance

  Lipan – medium lavender flowers, broad upright growth habit, 15-20’tall, high mildew resistance, orange fall color, exfoliating bark – best

  Arapaho – Red flowers, Upright growth habit, 20’+ tall, High mildew resistance, Exfoliating bark -good

  Black Diamond – Red, blush pink, crimson red or white flowers, with dark red leaves, intermediate bushy growth habit, 10-12’tall, high mildew resistance

  Royalty – dwarf, royal purple flowers, 4-8’tall, good mildew resistance,

  Pink Velour – Bright pink flowers, upright growth habit, 10’+tall, fair mildew resistance, dark orange fall color

  Pink Ruffles – Dwarf, pink flowers, 4-6’tall

  Basham Party Pink – Light lavender, broad tall tree, 25’+ tall, Good mildew resistance, orange red fall color, exfoliating bark – good

  Tuscarora – dark pink flowers, broad spreading growth habit, 15-25’ tall, high mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – great

  Hopi – medium pink flowers, low rounded growth habit,8-10’tall, high mildew resistance, orange red fall color, exfoliating bark – great

  Acoma – Semi-dwarf, white flower, low spreading growth habit, 6-10’ tall, high mildew resistance, purple red fall color, exfoliating bark-great

  Bradberry Wine – Burgundy flowers, upright growth habit, 10-12’tall, high mildew resistance

  Catawba – Violet Purple flowers, upright growth habit, 12-15’ tall, good mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – average

  Baton Rouge – Red flowers, miniature weeping growth habit, fair mildew resistance

Burgundy Cotton White flowers, broad upright growth habit, 12’ tall, fair mildew resistance

Orchid Tree

Bauhinia – Deciduous to semi evergreen, blooms are reminiscent of orchid flowers, regular water, orchid trees will need more water in extreme heat.  Bloom time varies by variety. Leaves are deeply lobed heart-shaped.  Attracts bees, birds and butterflies

African Orchid Tree – Bauhinia galpinii – Full sun, semi-deciduous, grows to 8-10’tall and 10-15’wide.  Blooms are salmon/red in late summer through early winter.  More of a shrub shape

Hong Kong Orchid Tree – Bauhinia blakeanasemi-evergreen, moderate grower to 20’tall & 25’wide, full sun, blooms in fall through winter with deep rose-red flowers, no seed pods

Purple Orchid Tree– Bauhinia purpurea – Semi-deciduous, grows to 20’tall & 25’wide, blooms in the summer with rich purple flowers

Anacacho Orchid Tree – Bauhinia lunarioides –  Native to west Texas, part shade, grows to 6-12’tall, single or multi-trunked shrub or small tree, fragrant flowers are white or pink in clusters, attracts butterflies and bees, blooms March-May and after heavy summer or fall rains, highly deer resistant

White Butterfly Tree – Bauhinia forficate – Full sun to part shade, grows to 20-30’tall.  Blooms white flowers in mid-summer and has a thorny trunk

Mexican Orchid Tree – Bauhinia mexicana – Full sun to part shade, grows to 10-12’tall and 12-15’wide.  Blooms white flowers mid summer, evergreen.

Mexican Plum

Prunus Mexicana – Deciduous small flowering tree.  Grows to 15’ tall in full sun or as an understory tree.  Blooms fragrant white flowers in eary spring.  Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

Chinese Fringe

Chionanthus retusus – Deciduous small flowering tree.  Moderate grower to 15-20’tall and 12-15’wide.  Plant in full sun, blooms white fringe flowers in spring

Redbuds

Cercis – Deciduous, full sun to shade, blooms pink/purple in early spring before it leafs out, attracts bees, birds and butterflies. Has heart shaped leaves

 Avondale – Cercis chinesis ‘Avondale’- Full sun, moderate grower to 10-12’tall and wide.  Blooms are dark rose-purple, leaves are glossy green. redbud

 Burgundy Hearts – Cercis canadensis ‘Greswan’ – Deciduous, full sun, moderate grower to 20-25’tall and 25-35’wide. Blooms are pink-lavender and leaves are burgundy

 Don Egolf – Full sun, moderate grower to 9’tall and wide.  Blooms are rosy-mauve and the leaves are green.

 Forest Pansy – Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ – Afternoon shade or understory tree, moderate grower to 20’tall and 25’wide.  Blooms are pink-lavender and new leaves are red-purple changing to green at the season progresses

Lavender Twist – Cercis Canadensis ‘Covey’ – Afternoon shade or understory tree, this weeping redbud is a moderate grower to 5-6’tall and 6-8’wide.  Blooms are rose-pink and the leaves are green.

Eastern – Cercis Canadensis – Full sun, moderate grower to 30’tall and 25-35’tall.  Blooms are rosy-pink and the leaves are green.

Texas – Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Texas Redbud’ – Part to full sun, slow grower to 30-40’tall and 15-20’wide.  Blooms are pink and the leaves are glossy dark green.

Oklahoma – Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Oklahoma’ – Full sun, moderate grower to 15’tall and wide.  Blooms are wine red and the leaves are glossy green.

Oklahoma Whitebud – Cercis c. ssp. texensis ‘Oklahoma Whitebud’ – Full sun, moderate grower to 15’tall and wide.  Blooms are milky white and the leaves are a glossy blue-green.

Hearts of Gold – Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ – Part to full sun, moderate grower to 10’tall and wide to 25’ with age.  Blooms are lavender-purple and leaves emerge red then mature to gold.

Bubble Gum – Cercis chinensis ‘Bubble Gum’ – Full sun, moderate grower to 10-15’ tall and 10-12’ wide.  Blooms are bubblegum pink and glossy green leaves.

Merlot – Cercis x ‘Merlot’  – Full sun to part shade, moderate grower to 12-15’tall and wide.  Blooms are dark rosy-purple with dark purple glossy leaves.

Ruby Falls – Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ – Part shade, this weeping redbud grows to 6-8’tall and 6’wide.  Blooms are deep lavender and the leaves are a glossy maroon-red

Silver Cloud – Cercis canadensis ‘Silver Cloud’ – Part sun, moderate grower to 10-12’tall and wide.  Blooms are rose-pink and leaves are green with creamy white and pink variegation.

Rising Sun – Cercis Canadensis ‘JN2’ – Full sun, vigorous grower to 8-12’tall and wide.  Blooms are dark lavender and the leaves emerge tangerine then gradually change to yellow then to lime green.

Traveller Redbud – Cercis Canadensis var. texensis ‘Traveller’ – Full sun, this weeping redbud is a moderate grower to 5’tall and 5-6’wide.  Blooms are rosy-pink and the leaves emerge coppery red turning a glossy dark green. traveller red bud

Western – Cercis occidentalis – Part to full sun, moderate grower to 15’tall and 10’wide.  Blooms are rose-purple and leaves emerge apple green aging to blue-green. 

Tulip Magnolia/ Saucer Magnolia/Japanese Magnolia

These magnolia trees are deciduous trees that flower before leafing out.  Flowers are fragrant and of various colors.  Best grown in full sun to part shade.

Jane Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Jane’ – Full sun, grows to 10-12’tall.  Blooms are reddish purple with white on the inside and has dark green glossy leaves

Ann Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Ann’ – Full sun to part shade, grows to 10-15’tall and 12’ wide.  Blooms are reddish purple in spring

Merrill – Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – Full sun, fast growing to 12’tall and 15’wide.  Blooms are white star shaped flowers in early spring.  Light fragrance

Vulcan Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Vulcan’Full sun, grows to 15’tall and 10’wide; to 25’tall.  Blooms magenta in spring.

Black Tulip – Magnolia x soulangiana ‘Jurmag1”- Full sun to part shade, grows to 15-20’tall and 6-10’wide Blooms deep burgundy-red in early spring

Butterflies – Magnolia acuminata ‘Butterflies’ – Full sun, grows to 16’tall and 11’wide; grows to 25-35’tall with age. Blooms rich yellow flowers in early spring

 

Texas Olive

Cordia boissieri – Full sun, grows to 15-30’ tall and wide.  Blooms clusters of crape paper type white flowers in spring to summer. Leaves are gray-green with a soft texture.  Evergreen to semi-evergreen.  Attracts butterflies and birds

Jerusalem thorn/Palo Verde

Parkinsonia aculeate – Full sun, grows to 15-20’tall and wide.  Blooms yellow flowers in the summer and the leaves are pendulous.  The blooms are fragrant and the trunk is green when young. Attracts birds

Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin – Full sun to part shade, fast gower to 30-40’tall.  Blooms a powder puff pink flower in mid summer. Deciduous tree with leaves that are fern like. Attracts butterflies

Summer Chocolate Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ – Full sun, fast grower to 20’tall and 15’wide.  Blooms pink powder puff flowers in late summer.  Leaves are a rich chocolate burgundy color.  Deciduous tree that attracts butterflies, bees and birdsmimosa summer choc

Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis –  Deciduous, full sun to part shade, fast grower to 20-30’tall .  Showy rose/mauve fragrant flowers in spring to fall.  Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

Goldenrain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata – Deciduous, moderate grower to over 40’tall, full sun.  Blooms sprays of fragrant yellow flowers and beautiful pink-brown seed pods

Jacaranda

Jacaranda mimosifolia – Full sun, deciduous to semi evergreen, rapid grower to 45’tall and wide.  Blooms fragrant lavender trumpet shaped flowers from April to June and the leaves are green and fern like. 

Angel Trumpet

Brugmansia – Full sun to light shade in the afternoon, evergreen to semievergreen, fast grower to 5-15’tall and wide.  Blooms elongated bell shaped flowers in pink, peach, yellow and white in warm weather.  Flowers can be fragrant and the green leaves are large soft or smooth.

 

 

Flowering Fruit Trees

Centurion Crabapple – Malus x ‘Centzan’Full sun, moderate grower to 25’tall and 15-20’wide.  Blooms are red in early spring.  Leaves emerge reddish green and matures to bronze green.  Deciduous and attracts bees and butterflies

Evergreen Pear – Pyrus kawakamii – Full sun, fast grower to 15-30’tall and wide.  Blooms white blossoms in early spring and the leaves are a glossy green.

Cleveland Select Pear – Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select’ – Full sun, deciduous, moderate grower to 40’tall and 15-20’wide.  Blooms white blossoms in the early spring.

Bradford Pear – Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’ – Full sun, deciduous, grows to 20-25’tall and 10-15’wide; 35’tall and 25’wide with age.  Blooms white blossoms in early spring, also has fall color.

Weeping Candied Crabapple – Malus ‘Weepcanzam’- Full to part sun, deciduous, moderate grower to 10-15’tall and 10-12’ wide.  Blooms pink-scarlet blossoms in early spring

Peppermint Peach – Prunus persica ‘Peppermint’- Full sun, deciduous, grows to 20’tall and 10-15’wide.  Blooms are pink or white with pink flecks in early spring

Pineapple Guava

Feijoa sellowiana – Full sun, evergreen, moderate grower to 18-25’ and wide, blooms a white flower with a red stamen center in early summer.  Leaves are glossy green on top and gray green on the underside. 

Bottlebrush

Red Cascade Bottlebrush –  Callistemon viminalis ‘Red Cascade’- Full sun, evergreen, fast growing to 20-25’tall and 15’wide.  Blooms red bottle brush type flowers from spring to fall.  Attracts hummingbirds and is deer resistant

Scarlet Bottlebrush – Callistemon citrinus – Full sun, evergreen, moderate grower to 10-12’tall and wide.  Blooms scarlet-red bottle-brush shaped flowers spring to summer.  Attracts hummingbirds and is deer resistant

Hannah Ray Bottlebrush – Callistemon viminalis ‘Hannah Ray’ – Full sun, evergreen, weeping moderate grower to 10-15’tall and wide.  Blooms red bottle brush type flowers in late spring.

Trees for Fall Color

By: Deb Pavlosky

Well, let’s face it.  We don’t live in the Houston area for fall color.  But, it sure is a nice surprise to come across a brightly colored tree in fall or winter and truly appreciate the changing seasons.  Well, as much as they change around here anyway.  So, below is a list of trees that grow well in this area that you may actually get some fall color from.  You have to remember that things like weather, care and growing conditions will affect how well these trees produce their colors.  All of these trees are beautiful in some way the rest of the year too.  Please check our website or give us a call for specific growing conditions for these or any trees you plan to add to your landscape.

 

Ash, Texas,

Fraxinus texensis

 Texas Ash

Slow growing to 30’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – orange/red/purple

 

Cherry, Escarpment Black,

Prunus serotina var. eximia

 black cherry

Moderate growing to 50’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow

 

Crape Myrtle – Acoma, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Acoma’

 Acoma Crape Myrtle

White flowering, Weeping habit to 8’ to 10’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – dark purple red

 

Crape Myrtle – Muskogee, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Muskogee’

 Muskogee Crape Myrtle

Purple flowering, Moderate growing to 20’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – red/ orange

 

Crape Myrtle –  Natchez, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’

 Natchez Crape Myrtle

White flowering, Fast growing to 40’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – orange/scarlett

 

Cypress, Bald, Taxodium distichum

 Bald Cypress

Moderate growing 50’ to 75’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – copper

 

Elm, American, Ulmus Americana

 American Elm

Fast growing 80’ to 100’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow

 

Elm, Cedar, Ulmus crassifolia

 cedar elm

Moderate growing to 90’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – golden yellow

 

Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba

 ginkgo

Moderate growing to 50’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow

 

Gum, Black, Nyssa sylvatica

 Black Gum

Moderate growing to 75’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – red/purple

 

Hawthorn, Parsley, Crataegus marshallii

 Parsley hawthorn

Moderate to slow growing to 15’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – Red

 

Holly American, Ilex opaca

 American Holly

Slow growing to 50’ tall, Evergreen, Red drupes on female trees through fall and winter

 

Holly, Savannah, Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’

 Savannah Holly

Moderate growing to 45’ tall, Evergreen, Red drupes on female trees through fall and winter

Holly, Yaupon, Ilex vomitoria

 Yaupon Holly

Slow growing to 25’ tall, Evergreen, Scarlet drupes on female trees fall through winter

Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthus

 honeylocust

Rapid growing to 100’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow

 

Huiscahe, Acacia farnesiana

 huiscahe

Slow growing to 20’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow

 

Maple, Drummond, Acer rubrum var. drummondii

  drummond maple

Fast growing to 70’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – bright orange-red

 

Japanese Maple, Bloodgood, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

 Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Slow growing to 20’ tall, Deciduous, Burgundy red leaves until fall, Fall Color – scarlet

Japanese Maple, Butterfly, Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’

 Butterfly Japanese Mape Fall Color

Slow growing to 9’ tall, Deciduous, Variegated green and white leaves until fall, Fall color – scarlet magenta

Japanese Maple, Coral Bark, Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’

 coral bark jap map

Moderate growing to 15’ tall, Deciduous, Young branches are bright pink all year and leaves are green until fall, Fall Color – golden yellow

 

Japanese Maple, Crimson Queen, Acer palmatum var. dissectum

 crimson

Moderate growing to 10’ tall, Deciduous, Cascading or weepeing growth, leaves are read throughout year, Fall Color – red

 

Japanese Maple, Seiryu, Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’

 Seiryu Japanese Maple Fall Color

Slow growing to 15’ tall, Deciduous, Green foliage through the year, Fall Color – purple brown to brilliant red

Maple, Shantung, Acer truncatum

 Shantung Maple

Slow growing to 40’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – bright red

 

Maple, Summer Red.  Acer rubrum

 Summers Red Maple

Fast growing to 40’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – scarlet orange, fall color comes in late summer.

 

Maple, Trident, Acer Buergerianum

 Trident Maple

Moderate growing to 25’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow, red

 

Oak, Nuttall, Quercus nuttallii

 Nuttall Oak

Moderate growing to 80’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – red

 

Oak, Shumard, Quercus shumardii

 Shumard Oak

Fast growing to 80’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – red/orange

 

Oak, Swamp Chestnut, Quercus michauxii

 Swamp Chestnut Oak

Moderate growing to 70’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – dark red/brown

 

Oak, Texas Red, Quercus texana

 Texas Red Oak

Moderate growing to 50’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – red/orange

 

Pear, Aristocrat, Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’

 Aristocrat Pear

Fast growing to 40’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – red

 

Pear, Bradford, Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’

 Bradford Pear

Fast growing to 30’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow, red, orange

 

Pecan, Carya illinoinensis

 Pecan

– Slow growing to 100’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow

Pistache, Chinese, Pistacia chinensis

 pistache

Fast growing to 40’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow/orange/red

 

Plum, Mexican, Prunus mexicana

 Mexican-Plum tree

Slow Growing to 30’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – rusty red

 

Possum Haw, Ilex decidua

 Possum Haw

Slow growing to 20’ tall, Deciduous, Striking red, orange or yellow drupes on female trees through fall and winter

 

Sassafras, Sassafras albidum

 

 Sassafras

Moderate growing to 40’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow/orange/red

Sumac, Flameleaf, Rhus lanceolata

 flameleaf

Moderate growing to 20’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – orange/red

 

Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styraciflua

 Sweet Gum

Fast growing to 100’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – deep red/orange/purple

 

Sycamore, Mexicana, Platanus mexicanus

 Mexican Sycamore

Fast growing to 50’ or taller, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow/orange, leaves have silvery undersides until fall color

Tallow, Triadica sebifera

 Tallow

Fast growing to 30’ tall, Deciduous, Fall Color – yellow and red, Invasive species (you won’t find them at Maas Nursery)

 

Mexican Plum

Mexican Plum (Prunus Mexicana) is a native of Texas. It can reach a height of 35 feet, but it usually remains around 15 feet tall. Mexican Plum does well in full sun or as understory and can be used as a specimen plant or in mass plantings. When planting more than one, spacing should be 10-20 feet. When blooming, its fragrant white flowers attract bees and butterflies. As the blossoms fade, they become pale pink. It blooms in early spring, coinciding with Redbud. Planted together, the white blossoms of the Mexican Plum and the pink blooms of the Redbud create dramatic effect. The plums darken as they ripen from July through September, changing from yellow to purple. The tart fruit is edible fresh, can be made into preserves, and are a favorite of birds and mammals. The oval leaves of the Mexican Plum are 2 to 4 inches in length with a velvety underside. In fall, the leaves turn yellow before dropping. When mature, the peeling bark turns a satiny, bluish-gray. Its branches are thorny. Mexican Plum can be planted in any well-draining soil but prefers slightly acidic loam. Once established, it becomes drought-tolerant. Because of its short stature, it can be planted near power lines. When planting around a patio, carefully consider thorns, bees, and fruit litter.