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Fall Trees for Fall Planting

Posted by Jessica Downs on 11/8/19 9:00 AM

Fall Planting in Texas

Where has the time gone? Just like that, the temperatures are dropping quickly, and the year is almost over. School is in full swing, Sundays are all about football, and we can go hiking and explore our beautiful surroundings again!

When you imagine fall colors, do you think of beautiful east coast towns covered in gorgeous fall colors all over the landscape? Well our fall is here too, which means you can have the picturesque fall color in your yard instantly this season too! 

Benefits of Texas Fall Planting

When it comes to successful fall planting, you need two things – a great region like Texas and Moon Valley Nurseries.

Moon Valley Nurseries custom grows every tree to adjust to our Texas regions through every season. We acclimate them by growing them right here in the state at our Glen Flora Farms! We are also continually improving all our trees with stronger specimens as often as we can to create stronger trees every growing period.

Texas is one of the best places to live when it comes to adding more trees and building up your existing landscape or designing a completely new yard. It is one of the best places because planting can be done all year long. When it comes to fall planting, it can be done for longer periods in the Southwest compared to anywhere else in the country due to our amazing climate!

So, if you're looking to add that fall season feel to your yard today, be sure to consider one of these five trees below! Not only do they make the best backdrop for fall, but they will also look great all spring and provide plenty of shade through the summer.

Five Trees to Plant in Fall

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Shumard Oak

An awesome fall choice to include in your landscape is the Shumard Oak tree. One of the main benefits of having a Shumard Oak in your landscape is the beautiful vibrant red-orange colors that take over the canopy during the fall season. This fall display will surely get you into the holiday festivities!

This oak tree is a medium-to-large size tree and grows into a canopy with a wide-spreading reach. This allows the Shumard Oak to create large areas of shade all around it. This tree is a fast-growing species of oak that is very tough and can live for decades. The Shumard Oak will be a great investment that your family can enjoy for generations!

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The Southern Magnolia is a favorite in the Southwest when it comes to large evergreen trees. Their dense growth habit and dark foliage is what helps to make it one of the best options to create a private yard for your family. These trees also make excellent shade trees and can help lower your utility bills, when planted in proper locations.

People are drawn to the Magnolia's softball-sized, fragrant white flowers, which are truly breathtaking to see in bloom. The flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall, and they attract many of our pollinating friends like hummingbirds and butterflies. Magnolias are easy to grow, thrive in Texas soil, and will fit perfectly in your landscape.

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The Camphor tree is an evergreen tree that grows fast and wide so that it can block unwanted views in no time! This tree features dense wide-spreading foliage with glossy, dark green leaves that creates the perfect canopy for privacy and shade. Its fragrant foliage is more than just a pretty canopy.

When crushed, Camphor tree leaves are said to have therapeutic benefits. The leaves also help repel mosquitos from you and your yard. Many people suggest crushing the leaves up and rubbing them on the skin for ultimate protection. So, you won’t get bitten, AND you smell great. Win-Win!

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Flowering Pear

Known and desired for its fiery-red fall color, the Flowering Pear is an ornamental tree that performs well in many landscape applications. This tree is a moderate-to-fast grower that only needs low-to-moderate watering once established. The Flowering Pear can be left alone or pruned in any specific shape or size you need for your yard.

From late winter or early spring, the Flowering Pear produces deep green foliage with snow-white flower coverage that gives the tree incredible depth for long periods. This tree will keep your landscape lively through each season!

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Purple Leaf Plum

If you want to turn heads on your landscape, the Purple Leaf Plum is an excellent pick. This deciduous tree features magnificent deep-purple foliage and breathtaking blooms of puffy pink flowers in early spring.

Though it can be planted alone, this cold and heat-tolerant tree really stands out in accent locations and against green backdrops. This lets its purple foliage really stand out in your landscape.

The Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit and practically no litter, which makes it an effortless ornamental tree too! This tree is an excellent addition to any space where intense color is desired.

Learn More about Fall Planting from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to learn which palms to plant this fall in East and Central Texas.

Click here to find out why fall is the best time to plant in your region.

Click here for three design ideas that will instantly upgrade your yard and transform your landscape.


Topics: Fall Tips