"You can't see the forest for the trees" is an old adage that means you're looking at the details and can't see the big picture, but when you're looking at the trees in your yard, you need to pay attention to the details--your landscape forest depends on happy, healthy, individual trees.
Trees Lay The Groundwork For Your Property's Appearance
Trees frame your entrance, provide shade in the backyard, and provide a lush, quiet, and verdant get away from the commotion of the outside world. They're also functional--a tree is an ecosystem to itself. It's home to the millions of microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, and other crawly things that work to balance the soil, it helps prevent erosion, and the leafy canopy helps cool your home in the intense summer heat.
What's the common denominator in these scenarios? Trees--vibrant, healthy, trees that are the anchors for your home's landscaping. Flowering trees are nature's gift to us, blooming with abandon for all the world to see and enjoy--and the climate and soil of Ennis, Texas are friendly to some of the most colorful flowering trees.
If you're new to North Texas and wonder how any tree's delicate flowers could survive such scorching heat, fear not. These trees are hardy enough to withstand all that Mother Nature can throw at them--and look good in the process.
The Best Flowering Trees For Ennis, Texas
If you think that you need acreage along the lines of the Ewing's Southfork ranch and you've got a patio townhome, don't despair. Many of these trees are small and adapt wonderfully well to life in a pot.
The climate in Ennis, Texas, and the surrounding towns is about perfect for these showy trees. If you have any doubts, check out the Crape Myrtle Allee at the Dallas Arboretum--a magnificent tunnel of mature crape myrtle that leads to the whimsical Toad Corners Fountain--but we digress. Crape myrtles are specifically bred for color and size, and so you can get any blossom color you like in any size.
Another great thing about crape myrtle, the "lilac of the south" is that the tree bark is as ornamental as the big bloom clusters--it peels off in large strips and leaves behind a cinnamon-colored trunk.
When the red, red robins begin to appear in your yard, it's a sure bet that the native Texas redbud tree's blooms won't be far behind. The bright purply-pink buds pop out before the foliage on these trees. There are two species of redbud that grow well in this area--Oklahoma has a deeper wine-red bloom, while Forest Pansy has foliage that starts out a bright purple before it settles into green as the season goes along. Expect your redbuds to grow over 20" feet tall.
Mimosa trees are either sweetly nostalgic or an annoying weed. If you're not familiar with them, mimosa trees are quintessentially Southern--with their ferny, frondy leaves, pink pom-pom blooms, and locust-like seed pods, you love them or hate them. If you long for the nostalgia of a slammed screen door, a turquoise metal glider, and a tall glass of lemonade, the mimosa is for you. They grow tall, with a broad canopy--but they don't live forever - only about 20 years.
Callery Pyrus, a flowering pear tree, is the rootstock breed for the dreaded Bradford Pear. The Callery pear is largely disease-resistant, tall, white-flowered, symmetrical, and about as popular as the mimosa among many horticulturalists. But. Homeowners love them--the traits that "experts" abhor about the flowering pear are what draws the layman to them. These trees are just about bomb-proof--the only natural predator is fire blight. They bloom early, so after a hard winter, those little white buds are a welcome sight.
Cleveland Select Flowering Pear
A Cleveland Select Flowering Pear is a nice alternative to the Callery. They are not an invasive species in the North Texas area, and have all the visual appeal of the Callery--more so, actually, since the Cleveland Select foliage turns from green to bronze, red, and purple hues in the fall. They're also not picky about their soil and thrive in highly acidic or highly alkaline environments.
Also known as a Chanticleer Pear, these trees grow up to 40 feet tall and 16 feet around.
The magnificent, iconically Southern Magnolia Grandiflora--the tall, glossy-leafed tree with the huge, waxy white blooms and festive red seed pods--can grow and thrive in the Ennis, Texas area. With patience and tending, you can plant a magnolia and in a few years see it produce those white flowers that smell so much of spring in the South. If you plant this evergreen magnolia, make sure your soil is acidic and there is adequate zinc and iron--you can amend it with fertilizer.
Not all gardeners want to tackle the Grandiflora--they need lots of room, and careful tending. There are other magnolia options that are easier to grow, but they do need room to thrive. These three deciduous magnolias will flourish in the Ennis area.
- Saucer Magnolia--most closely resembles the Grandiflora. It's a larger tree, growing 20-30 feet tall. The large, pink and white blossoms pop out in early spring, the leaf is glossy and waxy, and the bark is a smooth silvery gray, so it's appealing year-round. This magnolia is sometimes referred to as a Tulip magnolia, because the flowers are often in that goblet formation.
- Star magnolia--native to Japan, this is really a large shrub. The pink or white multi-petaled blooms resemble a star. The leaf bud becomes bronze, then green, then yellow before it falls to the ground, providing interest when the tree is not in flower.
Not Sure What Flowering Trees Are Right For Your Yard?
Not to worry--Tex-scapes Nursery and Landscape has all the answers to your questions. We are a local company, and native to the area, so we know the Dallas/Fort Worth soil, climate, and idiosyncrasies of North Texas better than anybody.
Come by our nursery and garden store in Ennis, Texas, and our team can help you choose the right trees, or our landscape designers can come to you if you're looking for a comprehensive plan. We can send you home with the tools and soil amendments you need for planting, or let our team come do it for you. Whatever your gardening needs, Tex-scapes Nursery and Landscape is here for you.
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