The oak trees are really attractive, tough and well suited to many of the landscapes. Planting oak trees in your garden should be based on the water efficient varieties of oaks.

Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is a large, rugged but handsome oak that will grow approximately 75 feet tall and 40 wide. It is deciduous, large leaves and it has very large acorns which make cleanup a little easier. Bur oak bark is thick which helps protect it from wildfire damage. Bur oaks have good drought and heat tolerance and seed collected from it’s western most range.It may have natural resistance to oak wilt fungus.

Chinkapin oak (Q. muehlenbergii)

Chinkapin oak (Q. muehlenbergii) is also a large oak .In some countries in towns specifically  these trees have been planted as a street tree. It is a deciduous tree that drops its leaves in the fall and also has a large acorn. It makes a good landscape tree growing in tough conditions, with medium to low water needs. It typically grows about 50 tall and 30 wide. 

Mexican White Oak (Q. polymorpha)

Mexican White Oak (Q. polymorpha) is an outstanding, handsome oak that should be used more in our area. This deciduous tree grows about 40 feet tall and 30 wide. The leaves are tough and hang on into the winter. The tree has good drought resistance. This tree species is hard to find but you will get them with some nurseries that grow this species so be sure to ask your local garden center for availability.

Lacy Oak (Q. glaucoides)

Lacy Oak (Q. glaucoides) is a medium size tree which is much better size for most urban homes. It grows about 35 feet tall, is native to several areas.It grows in thin, limestone soils and has excellent drought resistance. The new growth is pinkish but the leaves develop a bluish look due to the waxy cuticle layer that covers the leaves that resist dessication. This tree may be a little hard to but it is out there and would be an excellent one to look for.

There are several other oak trees varieties worthy of considering to be grown in your garden. These include Escarpment, Gambel, Chisos Red Oak, and others.

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