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Small Texas native shrub that makes an excellent border or barrier plant due to the sharply pointed tri-leaflet leaves. The branches are stiff and spread out in every direction, reaching no more than several feet, easily forming small thickets. Clusters of fragrant yellow flowers appear in the late winter, lasting until spring and are quite attractive against the gray-green holy-like leaves. They are followed by orange-red drupe fruits that wildlife seek out. They are easily harvested by pushing a sheet under the branches and lightly striking the bush with a broom; they are used to make jelly. If given good drainage, Agarita can adapt to any soil type, and is naturally heat and drought tolerant.
Anacacho Orchid tree
The Anacacho Orchid tree is native to Mexico and south-western regions of Texas. A large shrub or small tree with an irregular growth pattern. The distinctive gray-green leaves are slightly cleft, and drop only when temperatures drop into the 30s. The foliage cover is thicker when grown in full sun. Clusters of pale pink to white flowers emerge on the new growth in the spring, lasting roughly a month. The flowers look like those of orchids, giving the shrub its name. Bees and butterflies are readily attracted to the blooms. The Anacacho Orchid tree is low maintenance and tolerant of hot and dry conditions, but required adequately drained soils.
South Texas native that is evergreen south of San Antonio due to the light winters, but semi-evergreen anywhere else. It is also called the Sandpaper Tree due to the rough texture of the leaves. Ideal flowering tree for alkaline areas, however it will tolerate acidic soils. Desired for its showy and fragrant start shaped flowers that appear in the spring throughout summer. It develops clusters of orange fruits in July that attract wildlife in the fall. Anacua naturally develops several trunks, often forming a twisted gnarling shape as it ages. Relatively pest and disease free.
Bald cypress
Although many conifers are evergreen, bald cypress trees are deciduous conifers that shed their needle-like leaves in the fall. In fact, they get the name “bald” cypress because they drop their leaves so early in the season. Their fall colors are tan, cinnamon, and fiery orange. The bark is brown or gray with a stringy texture. Young trees have pyramidal (pyramid-shaped) crowns, but these even off to a columnar shape in adulthood.
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