Spring is the season of cleansing and renewal, and it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh your landscape! Naturally, the growing season is one of the best times for maintenance, such as mulching and fertilizing. However, we encourage you to also consider planting a new tree or shrub this season to brighten up your yard.
Fortunately, there are many tree and shrub options for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area that can make your lawn a stunning head-turner this spring! To make it easy, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite trees and shrubs that can add a fresh spring glow to your DFW landscape.
For information about caring for new or established trees and shrubs, check out Tree & Shrub Care Guide.
1. Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)
Not only is the Texas native Mexican plum a beautiful, fragrant spring standout, but it is also a handy time teller. In Texas, Mexican plums signal the end of winter and the beginning of a new spring, as they are usually the very first tree to bloom in March. The lovely white spring blooms contrasting against the Mexican plum’s dark gray bark make this tree brighten up any landscape.
2. Flowering Cherry (Prunus spp.)
Flowering cherry trees (also known as cherry blossom trees) have long been spring show-stoppers in the Dallas Arboretum, but they can also be planted to brighten your own home landscape. There are several varieties of these trees available depending on taste. Still, all will produce thick, fragrant white and pink blooms in spring.
3. Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis)
This Texas native tree provides a grand spring display of lush, pink/purple flowers that are sure to make any passersby stop and admire your landscape. Tough and drought-resistant, the texas redbud flowers early in spring and stays visually interesting all year long.
4. Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Crape myrtles have long been a classic landscape choice of the south – and for good reason! These charming plants are available as small trees or shrubs and produce various beautiful bloom colors ranging from white to red to pink to purple.
5. Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
The Texas mountain laurel is an excellent choice for brightening up your North Texas landscape in spring. This small tree/large shrub produces stunning blooms of purple flowers in the spring that attract butterflies and smell intensely of grape.
6. Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)
Not only will a vitex (also known as a chaste tree) bring you a glorious spring show of white or lavender flowers, but these blooms will last straight through summer as well. The vitex is easy to care for, drought-tolerant, and the blooms have a pleasant aroma.
7. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Not only is the flowering dogwood sure to make your springtime landscape glow, but this stunning tree will turn heads in autumn as well.
8. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
North Texans are fortunate to be able to plant and enjoy Japanese maples with great success. These plants are widely known for their vibrant fall displays, but they’re perfectly capable of turning heads in a spring landscape as well.
9. Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)
The desert willow is an excellent Texas native tree to add a colorful spark of charm to your spring landscape. These small trees are easy to care for, drought-tolerant, fragrant, and lovely to look at.
10. Magnolia (Magnolia spp.)
The magnolia tree has become a staple of southern style over the years. These beautiful and elegant trees boast prominent features, including height, large leaves, and grand cup-shaped white blooms. There are many varieties of magnolias available, but some of the types that thrive in North Texas are the southern, sweetbay, swamp, and evergreen magnolias.
Tree & Shrub Care with Gecko Green
After taking the time to select the perfect trees and shrubs to add a spring glow to your yard, you’ll undoubtedly want to keep them as healthy as possible! Gecko Green’s Tree & Shrub Care Program is the best way to maintain healthy, strong trees and shrubs in the DFW area.
Our continual inspections will ensure that any potential pests and risks are caught before damage is done to your beautiful trees and shrubs. To protect your valuable Texas landscape, have our local specialists start treatment for your Dallas ornamentals today. Let us help keep your landscape looking its best by maintaining your beautiful trees and shrubs!