It is a perfect time to plant bushes in San Antonio landscapes. Listed below are some smaller native bushes to think about.
I can not assist however assume that Mexican olive, Cordia boissieri, is a plant that can fare properly in any temperature improve that happens due to world warming in San Antonio and South Texas. It appears to be on the sting of its chilly tolerance geography and has been particularly showy over the previous couple of years.
As an alternative of the specimen on the Alamo freezing again each 4 or 5 years, possibly it can make a present by having an extended bloom interval and rising to 25 ft tall. Even whether it is my creativeness that Mexican olive is benefiting by a diminished freeze menace, the plant is price rising in your panorama.
The white blooms resemble hibiscus and are showy within the spring and the autumn. Pollinators worth the blooms as a nectar supply together with our three fall migrating hummingbird species. A gumball-size fruit follows the blooms and is eaten by some chicken and wildlife species.
Mexican olive appears to need to be evergreen in San Antonio, however most winters it reacts to any chilly climate by shedding most or all its leaves. When there’s a critical chilly entrance, the species will freeze again to the roots.
Mexican olive will not be straightforward to breed, but it surely seems to turn into simpler to search out as our winter temperatures (actual or imagined) average. Maintain an eye fixed out at your favourite nursery and at native plant gross sales for container-grown inventory.
This week within the backyard
Temperatures approached freezing final week in some areas, so you should definitely have your material coverings and warmth sources prepared for motion for vegetation equivalent to citrus and cyclamen. If temperatures once more are forecast to fall under 40 levels, transfer cold-sensitive vegetation equivalent to bougainvillea and oriental hibiscus into shelter.
It is a wonderful time to plant pansies, violas, shares, snapdragons, candy peas and different cold-tolerant annuals within the backyard for winter shade.
Add spinach to the listing of winter greens to plant within the backyard. Broccoli, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, radish, lettuce, turnips, kale and Chinese language cabbage are additionally on the listing.
Defend primula, cyclamen, pansies and different low-growing vegetation from slugs and snails with slug and snail bait. It additionally works to sink plastic cups half-filled with beer into the soil. The slugs and snails are drawn to the beer and are trapped within the container.
Anaqua is a comparatively slow-growing native tree that ultimately makes a fascinating 40-foot shade tree. Regardless of its sluggish development charge, it suits the mould of a standard shade tree sufficient to be listed on the CPS shade tree program as a suitable alternative worthy of a rebate.
Amongst its different traits, anaqua is a dense evergreen tree that produces engaging white blooms within the spring adopted by yellow berries. The berries are favorites of the birds, however not essentially of all gardeners — they usually for positive should not a favourite of the shopkeepers in La Villita as a result of they’re produced in overwhelming numbers and are sticky and get tracked into their shops.
Anaqua is evergreen in the identical approach that stay oak is: there’s a quick leaf drop and leaf return within the spring that the majority observers don’t discover. The foliage is darkish inexperienced and dense with a tough floor that ends in anaqua’s alternate identify, sandpaper tree.
Anaquas will unfold by seed and type thickets that the birds’ worth, however they don’t match each panorama state of affairs. Container-grown anaquas can be found at most space nurseries.
The Mexican and Texas sorts of redbud additionally will develop to 40 ft tall on some websites. Its bloom interval is in February, and the showy pink blooms are acknowledged as an introduction to the 12 months’s rising season. The blooms final for about three weeks beforefading, and the tree turns into inconspicuous once more into the sting of the shade border underneath the taller shade bushes.
Jap redbud is offered at space nurseries together with the Mexican and Texas varieties, however the latter two fare higher in our frequent droughts than the Jap selection.
Mexican plum blooms about the identical time as redbud, and actually, they’re engaging when grown collectively as a part of the understory planting. The Mexican plum often grows to about 15 ft tall with aromatic white flowers and late-ripening fruit that’s consumed by the birds and different wildlife within the late fall.
They make a gorgeous specimen plant when grown singly or in teams of three or 5. The crown is compact and serves nearly as good nesting habitat and canopy. Mexican plum is offered at most space nurseries for planting within the fall or spring.
Texas persimmon grows to 30 ft tall. It’s deciduous within the San Antonio space with distinctive patterned bark. The crown will not be as dense because the Mexican plum, so it doesn’t present as a lot cowl for the birds. However with the showy bark and the small aromatic blooms it’s worthwhile to develop.
The feminine vegetation produce a big crop of fruit liked by birds. Seedlings can generally be discovered on the market at native plant gross sales.
Calvin Finch is a retired Texas A&M horticulturist. firstname.lastname@example.org