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Top Shade Trees For Houston

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 8/24/15 3:24 PM
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We’re still knee-deep in the middle of the Houston summer season, and it seems literally impossible to think that cooler days are approaching. Even if that is a slow approach. The heat and humidity may be relentless, however escaping the heat and humidity is actually pretty easy. Just run into your house, store, work, or any place that is pumping AC. 

But what if you’re outside? This is why great shade trees can make a massive difference. With the fall season approaching it's never too early to start planning ahead. Trees planted now will provide great shade next year and below are four of the best shade trees.


Red Oak
Native to the Houston region, the Red Oak is one of the most popular trees for a number of reasons. It is a fast growing tree that is hardy to the warm summer months, its canopy is massive and open, and its foliage is not only attractive, but it changes with the season. In the winter, the Red Oak drops its leaves, which adds heat to your home and its leaves grow back just in time for much-needed shade in the summer. 

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Zelkova Red Elm
Quickly becoming a favorite for our customers, the Zelkova Red Elm is a very adaptable and tolerant tree that performs exceptionally well in full sun and can handle drought. The Red Elm has an attractive trunk color of grayish white to grayish brown. It’s foliage is dark green in the spring and summer and changes to yellow, orange and red in the autumn. The best part about the Red Elm is that it requires little maintenance. 

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Tru-Green Elm
Also knows as the Chinese Elm, the Tru-Green Elm has been widely used throughout the Southern U.S. for more than 100 years and is a popular choice for our customers. The Tru-Green Elm thrives in hot and sunny environments and performs very well in the toughest soil. It has deep, dark green leaves and develops a massive shade canopy at a young age. The Tru-Green Elm can literally grow anywhere and are an ideal choice for Houston’s tough growing climate. 

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Live Oak
One of the most stunning trees on display, the Live Oak is a great choice for Houston plating because of its adaptability, performance in the hot summer months and its ability to grow in tough soil conditions. Its name is derived from its ability to “live” throughout the winter when other oaks are dormant or leafless. It has a wide canopy of dark green leaves and when planted in rows it can give your landscape a privacy wall or shade barrier that provides immense protection and beauty. 

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Create some shade future shade today with any of three wonderful trees. When you visit one of our 4 huge Houston locations be sure to talk to our experts about all your landscaping needs. The fall season is approaching and right now is the best time to start planning that landscape project. 


Topics: Fall Tips