What tree can I plant in hot climate. And caliche soil?

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  • CJ CJ on May 27, 2017
    Perhaps if you provide some more details of the area where you live and what other conditions you have in the spot where you want to place the tree will help others know how to advise you. Do you have room for a very large tree or only a small tree? Do you want a slow growing tree or something that will grow fast to provide shade sooner? You could talk to someone at a nursery near you who knows a lot about your area. Good luck making your decision!
  • Eloise Eloise on May 28, 2017
    Found this on Google . For pictures and varieties of trees, go to the site and scroll to the bottom. http://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=7523

    There is a wide variety of native trees suitable for your soil. Let me begin with large trees, mostly oaks. The most commonly found oaks in your area are Quercus fusiformis (Escarpment live oak) and Quercus buckleyi (Texas red oak). The former is evergreen and the latter deciduous. Both grow into large, handsome trees, but they are susceptible to attack by oak wilt. Oak species that are resistant to oak wilt include Quercus stellata (Post oak), Quercus macrocarpa (Bur oak), and Quercus muehlenbergii (Chinkapin oak). Quercus laceyi (Lacey oak) grows into a medium sized tree in your area. Ulmus crassifolia (Cedar elm) is also popular in the Austin area and develops yellow-orange leaves in autumn.
    Smaller trees worth considering include Cercis canadensis var. texensis (Texas redbud), Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain laurel), Prunus mexicana (Mexican plum), and Chilopsis linearis (Desert willow). Except for Desert willow, which needs full sun, the others are generally understory trees that thrive in partial shade but can take full sun.
    Check out the characteristics of the recommended trees by clicking on the underlined names. Note that some grow more slowly than others, if this is a consideration. Attached below are sample images of the trees I mentioned.
  • Melissa V Melissa V on May 28, 2017
    I have never heard of "caliche" soil. What is that and where are you located? Thanks.
  • John John on May 28, 2017
    if you don't live in Texas...you won't know what caliche is.....basically think of baked clay hard as a rock.....Pine trees, mimosa trees, olive trees, peach trees, pecan trees, cedar trees, any cactus, grapes, wysteria-- google USDA zone----enter your zip code---most likely you are an 8 or 9...google trees for your zone....great resource is Texas A&M horticulture reference center...any plant that is like a mediteranian plant will grow....bouganveela, golden rain tree, empress tree (I absolutely love these) azalea, rododendrum, althea, hibiscus,oleander.....facts about caliche....every time it rains you get a new crop of rocks, it is hell to dig through, it can be pulverized into a powder used in concrete mix, it hurts if you get hit by one, makes great stone walls or paths
  • John John on May 28, 2017
    forgot to mention....oleander is extremely deadly...if you get cut by one...go to ER...don't ever put in your mouth....never burn it because the smoke carries the toxin and you inhale it. they are beautiful, but treat them with great caution.
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