It’s fall y’all, and in Denton, that means the Community Tree Giveaway is right around the corner! Can you believe the Community Tree Giveaway is in its 23rd year? This year, we’ll give away the 20,000 tree! We have carefully chosen seven different native and adapted species with Denton’s soil and climate in mind. Check out the species below and find your favorite!
Registration for the 700 available trees opens Friday, Oct. 1. We’ll be using the Denton Parks and Recreation catalog. If you do not have an account, we suggest registering before Oct. 1 and if you do have an account, make sure to check that you remember your password. Click here for step-by-step account creation instructions.
Once you have found your favorite species, check out this quick guide we have created to ensure that tree is just what you are looking for and perfect for your yard. We look forward to sharing these trees for planting just in time for Texas Arbor Day!
Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer freemanii ‘Jeffsred’)
This tree is a hybrid of silver and red maples making it adaptable to climate and soil types. The Autumn Blaze Maple provides beautiful color all year with bright green foliage in the spring turning into a vibrant red in fall. If heartiness and bold color is not enough, this maple does not drop seed pods!
Autumn Blaze Maple with Fall Foliage
Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
When it comes to soil type, Chinkapin Oaks are not picky. This shade tree may grow narrowly at first, but at maturity will become nice and full. Its leaves change to yellow and gold each fall, and sweet acorns are an attraction for wildlife.
Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
As its name suggests, the Lacebark Elm has a beautiful and distinctive bark pattern that adds a little extra beauty to this mid-size shade tree! This elm is a good all-around tree – resistant to Dutch elm disease and air pollution, adaptable to a variety of soil types, and size-wise a good fit as a yard or street tree.
Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)
This tree might smaller than many species, but it packs a punch in its beauty! Their showy white blooms in the spring smell of honey, which attracts lots of helpful pollinators to your garden. This tree can produce edible plums, hence the name. This one is an excellent choice if you want something a bit different.
Mexican Plum; photo by Neil Sperry, www.neilsperry.com
Native Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
As the Texas State Tree, the Pecan can be found across the state. Known for their delicious nuts, Pecan trees may live and produce nuts for 300 years. The species attracts a variety of animals from deer to blue jays. When selecting a Pecan for your yard be mindful of its size, this tree is large and can grow anywhere from 65-130 feet.
Photo credit: Howard Garrett, dirtdoctor.com
Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis)
Known as the harbinger of spring, redbud trees are a Denton favorite. In fact, Denton is the Redbud Capital of Texas! The Texas Redbud likes well-drained limestone soils, partial to full sun, and 20 feet of space. A redbud may be the right choice for you if you’re looking for an ornamental, understory tree.
Photo credit: Bill Ward, accessed from the Native Plant Society of Texas blog
Vitex/Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
This flowering tree is a great ornamental addition to any North Texas yard. Adapted to the area, the Vitex is heat and drought tolerant and pest resistant. Purple flowers bloom in early summer and continue to flower into the fall attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.
Vitex/Chaste Tree; photo credit: tree-land.com