9 Superb Shade Trees

9 Superb Shade Trees

Shumard Oak

  • Grows to 120’ tall and 50’ – 60’ wide
  • Fast growing, up to 3’ per year after established
  • Deciduous tree (will lose its leaves in the winter)
  • Leaves are green and turn scarlet in the fall
  • Produces acorns, 1 inch long

Monterrey Oak (Mexican White Oak)

  • Sometimes referred to as an Upright Live Oak
  • Upright growing tree to 40’ tall and
  • Fast growing, up to 4’ per year after established
  • Semi-evergreen similar to Live Oaks (will keep their leaves through winter and drop them in the spring)
  • Larger leaves than a Live Oak (2”-5”)
  • Drought-tolerant
  • Produces acorns, 1inch long

Bur Oak

  • Grows to 80’ tall and 60’-70’ wide
  • Large leaves, 6”–12” long and 3” – 6” wide 
  • Fast growing and long-lived tree
  • Deciduous tree, will drop its leaves in the winter
  • Known for its deeply ridged, gray bark
  • It’s long taproot makes it drought-tolerant
  • Produces acorns 1” – 2” long

Summer Red Maple

  • Grows to 40’ tall and 25’ wide
  • Fast growing tree – up to 3’ per year
  • Leaves are 2” – 5” long
  • Deciduous tree, will drop it’s leaves in the winter
  • Burgundy red new foliage in the spring, outstanding yellow in the fall
  • Heat tolerant, little to no heat damage seen on leaves in the summer

October Glory Red Maple

  • Grows to 40’ – 50’ tall and 25’ – 35’ wide
  • Fast growing tree – up to 3’ per year
  • Leaves are 3” – 6” long
  • Deciduous tree, will drop it’s leaves in the winter
  • Dark green leaves in the spring and radiant orange-red leaves in the fall

Autumn Blaze Red Maple

  • Grows to 50’ tall and 40’ wide
  • Fast growing tree – up to 3’ per year
  • Leaves are 4” – 6” long
  • Deciduous tree, will drop it’s leaves in the winter
  • Known for their brilliant orange-red fall color

Sycamore

  • Can grow to 100’ tall and 70’ wide
  • Moderate grower, up to 2’ per year
  • Leaves are 4” – 12” long and wide
  • Deciduous tree, will drop it’s leaves in the winter
  • Known for it’s white bark with its unique pealing patterns

Fan Tex Ash

  • Grows to 25’ – 30’ tall and 25’ wide
  • Moderate Growth rate of 1’ – 2’ per year
  • Leaves are 5” – 8” long
  • Deciduous tree, will drop it’s leaves in the winter
  • This variety is all-male and does not develop the messy seed pods
  • Is heat tolerant
  • Showy fall color of golden yellow leaves

Pistache Tree

  • Grows to 40’ tall and 25’ – 35’ wide
  • Moderate growth rate of 1’ – 2’ per year
  • Leaves are 10” – 16” long and ¾” wide
  • Deciduous tree, will drop it’s leaves in the winter
  • Tree starts out gangly when small but fills out nicely as it matures
  • Deep roots, great for planting next to patios, sidewalks or drives
  • Stunning fall color of bright yellow, orange and red leaves in the fall
Fall Container Ideas

Fall Container Ideas

Fall is an excellent time to show off your seasonal favorites like mums, pansies, violas, and flowering kale or cabbage. Play with colorful and dynamic combos of perennials, annuals and grasses to create stunning containers.

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Use solid colored Pansies in orange and velvety black to make the perfect Hallow’s Eve arrangement. Place in a black or silver container for a super spooky addition to your front porch Jack O’Lanterns.

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Use a variety of colorful Pansies as a filler against an evergreen, like an Arborvitae or a Blue Point Juniper, with a classical ivy, like English Ivy for a formal arrangement.

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Use different varieties of Dianthus to create a full container – pair with a neutral pot to really show off the bold colors.

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Make a MUM-KIN! Cut out the top of a pumpkin and plant your favorite fall Mum. Use orange or yellow for a consistent color scheme or add pink or purple for a deep contrast against the orange of your pumpkin!

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Strawberry Jar Planters can be used in more ways than one! Plant Violas in different shades for an incredible ‘spill’ effect.

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Create a sunny disposition, even in fall! Plant yellow Pansies (with and without a ‘face’) to create a trio of gold on your porch. Add a fountain grass for a ‘thriller’ to really draw attention!

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Have stairs leading up to your home? Create a stair-step quattro of planters with Violas. Use different style pots with the same variety of Violas to create a stunning look on your stairs!

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Have fun with Succulents in fall too! Just like our Mum-kin (pictured above) plant succulents in pumpkins and spray paint the pumpkins in neutral tones to make these desert gems stand out.