The Q&A Archives: A clean shade tree

Question: Live in Dallas, Tx. Wish to plant CLEAN SHADE TREE in back yard near a pool. Hght.30-40'at maturity. Do not want blooms or anything else that might fall from tree except in the fall when the leave fall. Is there such a tree?

Answer: There are a few to consider:
Red maple; A large, clean shade tree, the red maple is vibrant when nature provides the right warm day-cool night mix. 'Drummond' and 'San Felipe' are good choices.
Texas ash; This heat-tolerant native can offer red, orange, gold and purple fall foliage. Mature height varies 25 to 50 feet.
River Birch; An excellent tree because it thrives in our soil and even tolerates standing water. This shade tree matures to a height of 30 to 50 feet, and sometimes more with a spread of 20 to 30 feet. River birch is fast-growing, often multitrunked and can live 30 years or more. It is the only birch native to Texas. The leaves of the river birch are triangular but rounded on the bottom. They turn yellow before they drop in late fall. Twigs and young saplings have cherrylike bark, and as the tree grows, the bark changes to peachy-white that flakes to reveal the orange inner bark.Maturity brings a chocolate-brown bark that peels in strips to reveal silvery inner bark.

Best wishes with your new tree.

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