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Question: One of our original trees planted by the builder died within 18 months. It was replaced by a Chinese Pistache and that also died within 18 months. The Chinese Pistache in the front yard is doing fine as are the 2 Bradford Pears that are alsos in the back. The tree is getting sufficent water...not too much and not too little. Can you suggest a good hardy tree for North Central TX?

Answer: I would be concerned that the soil where you've lost two trees is either not draining well or there are other obstacles to healthy root growth. I checked with Texas A&M their recommendations for the most fool-proof trees for north central Texas include:

Crapemyrtle (25'x 15');
Japanese Black Pine (25'x 20'); ;
Japanese Persimmon (25'x 20);
Loquat (15'x 12');
Mediterranean Fan Palm (10'x 15');
Mexican Buckeye (20'x 15');
Mexican Plum (12'x 20');
Possumhaw/Deciduous Holly (12'x 8');
Texas Mt. Laurel (15'x 10');
Vitex (20'x 15');
Windmill Palm (12'x 7');
Yaupon Holly (15'x 10');


Anaqua (40'x 25');
Bradford Pear (25'x 15');
California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) (40' x 15');
Cedar Elm (45'x 30');
Lacey Oak (45'x 40');
Osage Orange (40' x 30');
Sierra Red Oak (40'x 30');
Texas Red Oak (25'x 20').

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