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Plant a Tree for Texas

While the national Arbor Day falls in April, Texas has its own version on the first Friday in November each year. Why? Simply, the weather. November is the perfect time to plant trees in Texas.

The first Arbor Day in the United States was celebrated April 10, 1872, in Nebraska, an official day to promote tree planting. The idea spread nationwide, and 100 years later, a national Arbor Day was declared for the last Friday in April. Well, that’s just too hot for Texas tree planting.

In 2013, a Texas State Arbor Day was established for the first Friday in November. The official celebration travels from city to city; for 2019, it’s “Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives” at Bob Woodruff Park North in Plano on Nov. 1. Plano rounds out the weekend with the Plano Tree Fest on Saturday and an Arbor Day Campout Saturday night.

Many websites offer tips on what trees thrive here and guides on planting them, including Texas A&M AgriLife (texastreeplanting.tamu.edu). Make sure you plant the tree in a place where it has plenty of room to grow. Think about adding shade on the west and southwest sides of your home in the summer; plant evergreens on the north side to buffer the winter wind. Does the tree produce seeds, fruits or flowers? If so, be mindful of where these will drop.

HERE ARE SOME FAVORITE TEXAS TREES TO CONSIDER PLANTING FOR TEXAS' ARBOR DAY:

• Live oak

• Spanish oak

• Cedar elm

• Texas ash

• Black cherry

• Yaupon

• Redbud

• Mountain laurel

• Mexican plum



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