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Fall Color in San Antonio


You know everybody is always wanting fall in their landscape. Especially around San Antonio where we've got so much greenery most of the year. If you want to know which are the best trees to plant all you have to do is look towards down town.

You see those big red ones out there, that's a red oak. And if we get the right conditions it grows pretty and red throughout the year, and then, of course, the leaves will fall off right after it gives us that beautiful color. It's a pretty fast growing tree. That's why they call it a Texas Red Oak.

Then of course you see the yellowish out there. That's the Cedar Elm and that's a well-adapted tree for here because it gives us a little reliable yellow every year.

Then of course we're always talking about that wonderful Chinese Pistache that gives all those berries that feed the livestock, the birds and the bees, and everything else that comes around here, and the squirrels. So Chinese Pistache also turns yellow and sometimes reddish, depending on the tree, after it's produced all those red berries.

Then of course don't forget the Cypress which sometimes turns brown, but given the right condition such as we have this year it's got a beautiful yellow color to it. So don't forget the trees that give us beautiful color and also a long lasting, fast growing tree. That's Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Cedar Elm, and, of course, the Montezuma Cypress.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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