The Q&A Archives: Shade tree selection / Austin, Texas

Question: Need some shade around my driveway. Had a bradford pear there before but the wind took it out so I'm looking to replace it. I liked the bradford, but it didn't provide much of a canopy, and obviously didn't get along with the Texas wind very well. I would like something fast growing (I'm 61, so fast becomes a priority, LOL). And something that would provide a nice canopy without dropping sap on my vehicles. Do you know of something better than the bradford?

Answer: James,

I would suggest the following to fit that set of specifications:
Drake Elm (Chinese elm)
Texas Red Oak
Monterrey Oak
After planting keep the soil moist and fertilize with a turf type fertilizer several times per year in spring and summer.

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