Any suggestions for a nice shade tree for north Texas?
Anyone have a tree they love that isn't too messy? We live just north of Dallas.
We'd like to plant a nice tree that will shade the back of our two-story house and patio as well as be beautiful to look at. Our landscaper said if it were him, he'd put in a Live Oak. I love the branching of mature Live Oaks, but I've heard they are messy, the roots can be problematic, and I'd prefer a tree that would drop it's leaves during the fall/winter so the sunlight can warm the house. A nurseryman suggested a Shumard Red Oak. We have one in front which is beautiful, but my husband isn't crazy about all the acorns, and it would be nice to have beautiful fall color (Ours has not turned red in the 15 years we've had it. Wish I knew why.) I'm thinking maybe a Chinese Pistachio for fall color and they because they're supposed to be great tree for Texas. I've heard not to get a female, but am not sure if weÃ¯Â¿Â½d be able to tell when we buy one. Does it take them years to mature before they produce berries? (Our Shumard Red oak didn't produce acorns for ten years). We have an October Glory Maple in front that I love because it has strikingly beautiful fall color, and so far hasn't been messy or problematic, but I might want to plant something different in back just for variety. Suggestions?