Large Trees for North Texas

fruit and seed bur oak

Trees are a great addition to an outdoor space for many reasons.  They clean the air we breathe by producing oxygen.  

All kinds of animals live in trees or feed off of them.  Flowering trees even attract pollinators. 

A huge reason that homeowners plant trees is because they increase property value and lower energy costs.  Trees provide shade in summer and wind breaks in winter. 

The natural beauty of trees is aesthetically pleasing and they also provide privacy for you and your neighbors.  

This article is going to list some large trees that will grow well in North Texas.  Get out a pen and paper so you can make a list of the ones you’d like to have in your yard.  

Large Trees

  • Bald cypress
  • Bur oak
  • Chinkapin oak
  • Sawtooth Oak
bald cypress tree leaves
Bald cypress leaves

Bald cypress

The bald cypress is a deciduous conifer tree that can grow up to 120ft tall.  Conifer trees are trees that produce cones of some kind.  

This tree will reach 40ft tall in about 15 years.  The trunk will grow to around 3-6ft wide.  These trees are sometimes called giants.  

Bald cypress trees prefer to grow in swampy areas.  If they are planted in acidic or clay soil that is well-drained, they will do well in residential yards.  

In fall, tiny flowers will bloom and the tree will produce a scaly ball-shaped fruit.  This tree got its name ‘bald’ because very early into fall, it sheds its needle-leaves.  

Bur Oak

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Ripening fruit and seed of the bur oak

Bur oak trees are a type of white oak trees native to the eastern United States.  These trees prefer a loamy, well-drained soil, but they will also grow well in clay, alkaline, acidic, or even sandy soils.  

Bur oak trees produce fringed acorns that are well liked by many animals including ducks, turkeys, deer, rabbits, and squirrels.  The acorns are also much larger and sweeter than the average acorn.  

In its mature stage, these trees can grow up to 80ft tall, but they are slow-growing and will only grow around 12in a year.  Because bur oaks grow so tall, they aren’t usually ideal for an urban residence.  If you have acres of land, this tree will be a great fit.  

big chestnut oaks
Blooming chestnuts in the spring

Chinkapin Oak

The chinkapin oak is similar to the bur oak in the aspect that it grows well in many types of soils including acidic, sandy, alkaline, loamy, moist, and clay.  It performs best in full-sun, well-drained soil and is not very drought-tolerant.  

The leaves are large and a shiny-green color.  The leaves are toothed and look more like chestnut leaves than oak leaves.  

Because they are a type of the white oak, their bark is a white-ish color.  In residential properties, they usually grow around 50ft tall, but can grow up to 80ft tall in the wild.  

Sawtooth Oak

sawtooth oak blossoms
Sawtooth oak blossom

The sawtooth oak is also known as the chestnut leaf oak and that is because the leaves turn a vibrant, golden yellow in fall.  This tree is fast-growing and looks beautiful through summer all the way into fall.

This tree will grow well in any soil type except alkaline.  It is also a cold-hardy tree and will do well in hardiness zones 5-9.

You can expect this tree to grow 40-60ft tall.  It will grow anywhere from 13-24 inches each year.  The acorns are oval-shaped and about 1in long.  All types of wildlife enjoy dining on the acorns.  

Final Thoughts

Studies show that having large, mature trees on your property will increase property value up to 7%.  Even having your home in an area near large trees will increase the value of your home.  

While trees continue to be cut down all around us for materials or space to build more homes and offices, we need to remember that we too, are part of nature.  We can help ourselves and our environment by planting more trees.  

If you have room on your property and have been considering planting a tree, consider one of the large trees discussed today.  You won’t be disappointed.  


Large Trees for North Texas

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