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While winter is still clearly present in the Hill Country, we are starting to see signs of spring. Read ahead to find out about what’s looking good here at the nursery.  

Arizona Cypress

arizonacypressArizona Cypress is native to West Texas. It’s not a native to our area of the state; however, it is extremely well adapted to our climate, dry conditions, and soil. It grows fast and provides a wonderful evergreen screen or wind block. We have a few varieties available here at the nursery. Each variety grows fast, although some fuller and faster than others. Ultimately, the tree can grow up to 50’ tall by 20’ wide. 

  • Arizona Cypress (Color: Green, Available: 5G)

  • Arizona Cypress ‘Blue Ice’ (Color: Blue/Silver, Available: 15G)

  • Arizona Cypress ‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Color: Blue/Green – fastest growing variety, Available: 5G)

Arizona Cypress pictured on right: photo from Texas A&M Forest Service. Click here to read more from Texas A&M Forest Service.


Field Dug Trees

desertwillowbbWe have a number of trees that have been dug from our field and are ready to be planted now. This is the best time of year to plant trees. We have the following trees balled and burlapped and ready for installation:

  • 15-17' Multi-trunk 'Bubba' Desert Willow
  • 4-5' Mountain Laurel
  • 8' Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly
  • 12-14' Multi-trunk Mosty Red Crape Myrtles 


Texas Rebud 

txredbudRedbud trees will be blooming soon and it’s always such a beautiful promise that spring is almost here in the Hill Country. 

The Texas Redbud is native to our area and grows to approximately 25’ tall. It has a small heart-shaped leaf, bright pink/purple bloom, and smooth reddish brown bark. The tree naturally grows as multi-trunk but can be easily pruned and trimmed as a single-trunk tree. 

We have 5G and 30g Texas Redbuds available now.

Texas Redbud pictured on right: photo from Texas A&MForest Service. Click here to read more from Texas A&M Forest Service.


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A few plants to consider planting for evergreen color include: Bush Germander, Powis Castle Artemesia and the Manzanillo Olive tree. To read more, click here.

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Happy Holidays to everyone! Winter is here and this is the best time to plant new trees. Read ahead for featured and recommended native trees to install now. 

Possumhaw Holly

Ilex decidua


Possumhaw Holly is a Texas native large shrub or small tree. The Possumhaws are beginning to drop their leaves now, which allow the brilliant red berries to stand out and reminds us that winter has arrived. The Possumhaw can be planted in full sun or part shade and will grow to approximately 15' tall. 


Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Thanks to the native Guadalupe Bald Cypress, we can enjoy vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage up and down the Guadalupe river right now. And as the leaves of this conifer begin to drop, the tree continues to provide a point of interest with its magnificent large trunk, knobby roots, and layered branches. While the Bald Cypress is well-adapted along the river banks and wet conditions, they are also suprisingly drought tolerant. The Bald Cypress is considered a fast growing shade tree when watered frequently. 


Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora


The majority of our trees in the Hill Country are deciduous. However, the native Mountain Laurel provides us with evergreen coverage all year long.

The Mountain Laurel is a slow growing, multi-trunk tree that can reach up to 25' tall. Plant in full sun to enjoy the dense lavender blooms in the spring. The Mountain Laurel thrives in the wild in rocky conditions and therefore requires good drainage when planted in landscaped areas.


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With the arrival of the fall season, it’s a fantastic time of the year to catch our native and ornamental grasses in full bloom. Read ahead to find out what grasses we recommend planting for the Texas Hill Country. Also be sure to take note that each of these grasses listed below is on the recommended Plants for Texas list. Plants for Texas is a program established in 2003, which tests and recommends plants that thrive in Texas (especially because they can handle Texas heat). 

Gulf Muhly

Muhlenbergia capillarisgulfmuhlysmallnewsletter

  • spectacular deep pink to purple blooms 
  • grows to 3' tall by 3' wide
  • drought tolerant
  • Texas native
  • plant in full sun to part shade
  • recommended Plants for Texas: click here to read more



Maiden Grass


  • beautiful cream-colored blooms
  • grows 4-5' tall by 4-5' wide
  • plant in full sun to part shade
  • recommended Plants for Texas: click here to read more 



Dwarf Maiden Grass

dwarf maidenMiscanthus sinesis 'Adagio' 

  • smaller version of the Miscanthus with a bronze bloom
  • grows to 3' tall by 3' wide
  • drought tolerant
  • plant in full sun to part shade
  • recommended Plants for Texas: click here to read more


Big Muhly

lindheimer-muhly-cu-web-500x375Muhlenbergia lindheimeri 

  • tan colored blooms with blue/green leaves
  • grows to 5-6' tall by 5-6' wide
  • extremely drought-tolerant
  • Texas native
  • plant in full sun to part shade
  • recommended Plants for Texas: click here to read more
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American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana



The American beautyberry is a native deciduous shrub, or understory tree, that works well in the shade. Right now, the beautyberry is covered with clusters of striking deep purple berries. It is an exceptional and unique plant for any landscape. As winter approaches, the shrub will loose its green leaves and hold on to the berries until late winter. The American beautyberry can grow up to 8’ tall or you can cut it back 12” above the ground in late winter and keep the shrub more compact and dense (more like 4’ tall). This is a care-free native shrub that blooms in late spring with small white flowers. The beautyberry can also tolerate direct sun but will require more water to keep it from wilting.



Gregg’s Mist Flower

Conoclinium greggii


Gregg’s mist flower is a native Texas perennial and a butterfly magnet – especially to the Monarch butterflies during their migration. The 1G containers at the nursery will be covered with hundreds of butterflies in the summer and again in the fall when it flowers. Gregg’s mist goes dormant in the winter and comes back from the ground in early spring. It’s a fast-grower and can spread, serving well as a groundcover. Once established, Gregg’s mist is drought tolerant. This flower works well in partial shade or full sun.



Mexican Mint Marigold

Tagetes lucida


It’s hard to believe, but fall is rapidly approaching and it’s time to think about your fall bloomers. The Mexican mint marigold is an outstanding fall bloomer and also serves as a tarragon-substitute for your herb garden. This Marigold is often referred to as Spanish or Texas tarragon. This plant is another perennial that freezes to the ground at our first freeze, and comes back from the ground in the spring. It grows to approximately 2.5’ tall and can be planted in full sun or part shade.  


Other great fall bloomers to consider: Fall aster, Gregg’s mist, copper canyon daisy, cenizo, Mexican bush sage, autumn sage, mealy blue sage, lantana, verbena, gaura


Fall blooming grasses to consider: Gulf muhly, Lindheimer’s muhly, miscanthus, dwarf hamlin, deer muhly

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