Mexican Oak: Quercus polymorpha
Watch out the White Oak, also known as, the Monterey Oak is a fast growing tree that can be found almost anywhere from the river bank to the desert. Maybe that is why its scientific name is quercus polymorpha because it has a poly number of places that is can morph and adapt to living in. It is said to be able to grow as tall as 60 – 80 feet, but growing conditions do apply. In a domestic area this beautiful hardy mammoth usually grows about 30 – 45 feet and can spread to 25 – 40 feet. It is an excellent shade tree.
Lacey Oak: Quercus lacey
Height; 25 – 35 feet, Spread; 15 – 30 feet.
This is a beautiful tree that is also known as the Blue Oak, amongst other names, because it starts with light red colored leaves in the spring which eventually turn to greenish blue. In the fall, this tree’s leaves give way to a seasonal golden color. Lacey Oaks are deciduous, so this semi evergreen will lose it’s leaves. As it grows it can form multiple trunks, but nurseries will prune the Lacey to grow into a single trunk. It will tolerate droughts, and many soil conditions.
Forest Pansy Redbud: Cercis canadensis
Height and Spread; 15 – 20 feet
This scandalously scarlet leaved tree is a beauty for any home, business, or wildscape. With it’s pink heart shaped leaves you might want to plant one on all sides of your home, but it is best to plant these beautiful bows in an area where it can get full sun at cooler parts of the year and part shade at the highest hot points in the year. Unfortunately for San Antonio where it reaches high temperatures above 90 degrees in the summer, this tree’s leaves can turn a ghastly green when exposed to the Texas soaring sunlight. It is a fast grower that does do well in most soil as long as they drain well, and pruning should be done in the Fall whilst the tree is dormant, or after the blooms have gone in the Spring.
Little Gem Magnolia: Magnolia grandiflora
This beautiful tree is a smaller version of the Southern magnolia. It does not grow more than 30 feet tall by 20 feet wide and has those lovely white blooms. Prune the tree whenever the tree is not in bloom, and give it moderate watering. It does have an extensive root system so be sure to give it some breathing room.
Japanese Blueberry: Elaeocarpus decipiens
The Japanese blueberry is an evergreen shrub that will make an excellent screening hedge for decoration or privacy. It produces white flowers and dark small fruits. It can grow up to approximately 50 feet high and 30 feet wide. It can be found in a shrub form or pruned into a tree form. Though it is evergreen the older leaves do turn a red bronze color before falling in the winter. Speaking of winter, it is best to mulch as to protect it from freezing temperatures. Also, be sure to give them enough room so their roots do not disrupt other trees or foundations.
Italian Cypress: Cupressus sempervirens
This cypress is extremely drought tolerant, and needs full sun. It grows around 35 feet tall but no more than 10 feet wide. This conifer does not need very much water, but ensure wherever it is planted will have well draining soil. Also, do not over mulch because it can get root collar disorders. Pruning is as simple as clipping off the old dead branches occasionally.
Dwarf Yaupon Holly: Ilex vomitoria ‘Nana’
This evergreen hedge grows to be about 4 feet by 4 feet. It is drought tolerant, with white flowers that appear in the Spring, and red berries that continue on into the winter.
Nacadoches rose: Rosa chinensis
Voted a Texas Superstar, this yellow rose can grow up 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide. It should be pruned in the Spring and is extremely drought tolerant.
Salvia: Salvia greggii
This colorfully diverse perennial classified as greggii blooms in the summer and grows to be 3 feet tall and wide. They are full sun lovers and require minimal watering.
Knock Out Rose: Rosa chinensis
This lovely bloom can grow up to 3 to 4 feet tall. It is so hardy you could forget they were planted and they would no doubt be able to survive. However, regular watering promotes a healthy abundance of blooms. Pruning is minimal but should be done in the spring time. Luckily they also do well in the heat and you can find flowers with twice the petals if you look for the double knock out rose variety.
Pavonia Rock Rose: Pavonia lasiopetala
Like most roses this strong lady should be pruned in the Spring to rejuvenate any unsightly damage caused from the Winter. It is well known to be deer tolerant and propagates again each year starting in the Summer. It appreciates the full sun and can reach a height of 4 feet.
Texas Compact Senisa: Leucophyllum frutescens
If you are looking for a drought tolerant beauty for your home or business look no further. Senisa does best with minimal watering and may even die if you over water, so be sure to place it in soil that drains well. It grows great in rocky areas, and only needs light pruning in the Winter. Growing to be 5 by 5 feet tall and wide, please place in a full sun area, and watch as this evergreen blooms a divine purple in the Summer through the Fall.
Plumbago: Plumbago auriculata
Producing typically blue flowers, though there are white cultivars. This perennial grows to be 3 feet by 5 feet, and blooms most of the year except in the Winter. Plant in an area where is can get about six hours of sun per day, and if you like the look but prefer something more compact you are in luck because there is a dwarf variety as well.
New Gold Lantana: Lantana camara
You’ll love this eye catching drought resistant colorful plant for your yard. They can get a foot tall by three feet wide. Prune in the summer and if they get to large you can cut the plant back by a third. Plant in full sun.
Society Garlic: Tulbaghia violacea
With purple blooms reaching up to 3 feet tall that stay for half the year, who could ask for more? This is a nice drought tolerant plant that loves full sun and requires minimal watering.
Mexican Honeysuckle: Justicia Spicigera
This brightly colored plant is also known as a Firecracker Bush. The species is native to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Mexican Honeysuckle prefers light shade to full sun exposure. It is fairly drought tolerant, but looks better and grows larger when given regular supplemental water in the summer. It has a moderate to fast growth rate and the primary requirement is good drainage. Water weekly in Summer and every other week in the Winter. This bush has a year-round flowering season and grows to the size of 3 feet by 4 feet.