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Best Sources for Native Trees in Central Texas | Southern Plains Regional Report

Cotinus obovatus, Zones 4–8. Photo: Karen Beaty.

Fortunately for the gardening community of Central Texas, there are a number of excellent nurseries that offer native trees. The following are a few of my favorites that offer quality plants at fair prices.

Hill Country Natives (Leander)


These guys specialize in native and well-adapted trees and shrubs for Texas. Because they are a busy family-run growing operation, they are open to the public by appointment only, which you can make via their website. In addition to growing many tried-and-true native trees, they offer some less common ones, such as pawpaw (Asimina triloba, Zones 5–9), sassafras (Sassafras albidum, Zones 4–9), American smoketree (Cotinus obovatus, Zones 4–8), and Chisos rosewood (Vauquelinia corymbosa ssp. angustifolia, Zones 6–8), among many others. Their selection of edible fruiting trees is based around the concept of a forest garden, which is “a diverse and resilient woodland that mimics a natural forest, but is composed primarily…

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