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Trees

Trees

Our Trees

It's true what our shirts say, we are "Tree Huggers!"  We understand that trees are the anchor of any landscaping project.  They play a huge role from providing shade, creating a frame for your home, holding a hammock for an afternoon nap, lining a long drive to welcome you and your guests home, and most importantly adding value to your home!

At Fossil Creek Tree Farm and Nursery, you can stroll our 8 acre property and pick your perfect addition!  We stock 3,000 trees ranging from 30 to 300 gallon, from 8 feet to over 30 feet tall.  We specialize in larger native shade trees, but also have a wide variety of ornamental and fruit trees.  We carry 8 different oak varieties and 12 crape myrtle varieties!  You can come in and take a tree home with you, or have us do the installation.  Either way, we're sure you will find the perfect tree or two!

Below is just a sample of the trees we have available.

Baldcypress:

One of the few deciduous conifers of North America, baldcypress is a large tree to over 100 feet tall and a straight trunk to 8 feet in diameter, with numerous ascending branches. Young trees display a narrow, conical outline, but old trees have a swollen, fluted base, a slowly tapering trunk, and a broad, open, flat top.

Leaf:
The slender, light green leaves are flattened, about 0.5" to 0.75" long, very narrow, and arranged in feather-like fashion along two sides of small branchlets 2" to 4" long, which are deciduous in the autumn with the leaves still attached. Flowering branchlets sometimes have awl-like leaves. Fall color is a striking copper or reddish-brown.

Bark:
Silvery to cinnamon-red, with papery scales on branches but developing larger flat-topped ridges and numerous longitudinal fissures with age.

Bradford Pear:

A common small landscape tree to 20 feet tall and a trunk to 10" in diameter, with a dense, oval, symmetrical crown. Common cultivars are 'Bradford' and 'Aristocrat.'

Range/Site Description:
Native to China and Korea, pear cultivars are widely planted in Texas, especially in small spaces and on commercial development sites due to its price, availability, and tolerance of a wide range of soils and conditions, including drought.

Leaf:
Simple, alternate, ovate to vaguely heart-shaped, 2" to 4" long, with a faintly-toothed, undulating leaf edge. Leaves are dark green and glossy during the growing season, turning brilliant colors of orange, red, and purple ('Bradford') or yellow ('Aristocrat') in the fall.

Flower:
Showy clusters of perfect, white flowers, each five-petaled and 0.5" across, appear before the leaves in early spring.

Bur Oak:

A large tree of the prairies reaching a height of 80 feet or more and a trunk diameter of 5 feet, with a short body and heavy branches that form an open, spreading crown of dark green foliage.

Bark:
Twigs and branches are thick, developing conspicuous corky ridges after the second year; bark is light gray, rough and breaks into small, narrow flakes on young trees, then develops very thick bark with deep fissures and narrow plates.

Cedar Elm:

A large tree to 75 feet tall with a tall straight trunk 2 to 3 feet in diameter and stiff branches that form a narrow, oblong crown.

Chinese Pistache:

A medium-sized landscape tree to 40 feet tall and wide, 12" to 18" in diameter, and brilliant fall color. Branch structure is irregular and it often develops co-dominant leaders.

Leaf:
Alternately arranged on the twigs, once-compound, 10" to 16" long, with an even number of leaflets, usually 10 to 16, each 2" to 4" long and up to 0.75" wide, turning bright yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Leaflets are often staggered along the rachis, not opposite one another.

Chinkapin Oak:

A medium or large tree reaching a height of 70 feet and a trunk to 3 feet in diameter, with a rounded crown of glossy, green foliage. It is also planted widely as a shade tree suitable for limestone soils.

Leaf:
Simple, alternate, oval to elliptical or oblong in shape, 4" to 6" long and 1.5" to 2" wide, leaf edge rather sharply toothed but without bristle-tips, teeth slightly recurved.

Crepe Myrtle:

Perhaps the most common small landscape tree or large shrub planted in Texas, crapemyrtle is usually multi-trunked with smooth, muscular limbs, grows to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide, with mature trunks ranging from 4" to 12" in diameter.

Range/Site Description:
Native to China and Korea, it performs well as a landscape tree across most of Texas. It tolerates a wide range of site conditions, including drought and slightly alkaline soils.

Leaf:
Simple, alternate, 1.5" to 3" long, oval to oblong, thin, blunt-tipped, without teeth along leaf edge. Some cultivars turn red or orange in the fall.

Flower:
Showy spikes of white, pink, red, or purple flowers appear throughout the summer, each made up of petals that resemble crepe-paper. Not fragrant.

Bark:
Smooth, muscular, in irregular patches ranging from tan to chocolate-colored, peeling during the growing season into long, thin strips that fall away to reveal new bark beneath.

Wood:
Hard, dense, light-colored; no commercial uses. Major economic value is in the nursery trade; many cultivars are available, with selections from the National Arboretum the most pest-resistant.

Magnolia:

Landscape tree, reaching heights of 16-20 feet or more and a trunk to .5-1 feet in diameter, with a dense, pyramidal or oval crown, the spreading branches often reaching the ground in open settings.

Leaf:
Simple, alternate, 6" to 8" long and 2" to 3" wide, elliptical or oval in shape, thick, leathery, dark green and glossy above, rusty and pubescent beneath, with prominent midribs. They remain on the tree for about two years.

Flower:
Large, showy and fragrant, 6" to 8" across, cup shaped, with pure white petals surrounding a splash of bright purple in the center, borne in spring and summer.

Fruit:
A rounded or oval aggregation of seeds, shaped like a cone, 3" to 4" long, containing many seeds. The fruits open in the fall and display the bright red seeds dangling on slender threads.

Similar Species:
Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) has smaller, semi-evergreen leaves and flowers.

Live Oak:

A large, stately tree, commonly to 50 feet tall with a short, stout trunk of 4 feet or more in diameter, dividing into several large, twisting limbs that form a low, dense crown that can spread more than 100 feet, the limbs often touching the ground in open-grown settings.

Leaf:
Simple, alternate, evergreen, thick, and leathery; oval, oblong, or elliptical in shape, 2" to 4" long and 0.5" to 2" wide; smooth, glossy, and dark green above, pale and silvery white beneath. Leaves can sometimes be toothed, especially towards the tip.

Interesting Facts:
Live oaks were once prized for their naturally curved limbs and trunk, used by shipbuilders in the 18th Century to fashion the ribs and planking of tall sailing ships, such as "Old Ironsides." Refitting that ship in the 1980's included specialty pieces cut from live oaks in Texas that had been killed by the oak wilt fungus.

Red Maple:

A medium sized, fast-growing tree that reaches 60 feet tall and a trunk to 2 feet in diameter, red maple has a somewhat narrow, rounded crown.

Leaf:
Leaf blades are 2" to 5" long, on a petiole 2" to 4" long, and have from 3 to 5 pointed saw-toothed lobes separated by sharp angular sinuses or openings. In autumn, the leaves turn a brilliant shade of red, or in some varieties, orange-yellow.

Bark:
Smooth and light gray on young tree trunks and branches; breaking into rough, scaly, dark gray bark on old limbs and trunks.

Texas Red Oak

Usually a medium-sized tree to 35 feet tall with one or more trunks 10" in diameter, but can reach heights of 70 feet on fertile sites.

Leaf:
Simple, alternate, 3" to 5" long and 2.5" to 3" wide, widest above the middle, divided into 5 to 7 bristle-tipped lobes, with the terminal lobe often 3-lobed and the sinuses usually deep. Leaves have a slender petiole about 1" long, are dark green and shiny above, paler below, and turn deep shades of red in the fall