Ornamental Color in Trees


Ornamental plants can both decorate our landscape and serve a purpose. This picture–taken March 21, 2013– illustrates my point perfectly! This year the environment provided optimum conditions for beautiful Spring color!

Each of these trees provides shade and a privacy screen. Ages are; redbud (7 years), oak (6 years), Arizona Cypress (5 years). Each Spring provides a beautiful compliment of colors–in Summer, the redbuds are leafed out (green), and the oak leaves fade, and the arizona cypress fades slightly.

(The wood pile is from an oak that died in the drought.)

Ornamentals–Mimosa Tree


Mimosa [Albizia julibrissin]

The Mimosa tree produces beautiful pink feathery bloom show from mid spring through early summer (late April through June in central Texas). The pictured tree was planted from seed 2 years ago and is  still small enough for me to take this picture from the top! Mimosa grows rapidly but does not live long (about 20 years) so it is not always intentionally included in the landscape. The  hummingbirds  love this tree, so add a feeder or two—and a bench to view the birds and the fluffy pink plumes!