in Texas have historically had a tough time of it. Take East Texas
for example. Texans traditionally think of trees as fence posts in-the-rough.
Who needs trees when you've got a big hat for shade? The best way
to survive as a tree in Texas is to arrange to have some historic
event occur under (or hanging from) your branches.
Big and Historic Trees in East Texas
Auction Oaks, Kyle
Bandera Tragedy Tree, Camp Verde
Baptist Oak, Goliad
Ben Milam Cypress
Brazos County Courthouse Cedar, Bryan
Original (Grafted) Burkett Pecan Tree, Putman -
The source of the Burkett Papershell Pecan
Charter Oak of Live Oak County 4-13-11
Columbus Court Oak 9-1-12
Columbus Oak - Texas' Second Largest Live Oak
Cowboy Tree, Pleasanton
County Line Magnolia, East Texas (No photos)
Encino del Poso (The Oak in the Hole), Encino
Evergreen Oak, Evergreen
Fleming Oak of Comanche by Margaret Waring
Tree - Giant Pecan in Fort Davis (No Photos)
by Mike Cox
Sam Houston Cypress, East Texas (No photos)
Goose Island Oak aka The Big Tree
aka The Bishop's Tree aka The Lamar Oak 6-13-11
Hanging Tree, Clarksville
Hanging Tree, Coldspring 8-29-12
Hanging Tree, Columbus 9-1-12
Hanging Tree (The Cart War Oak), Goliad
Hanging Tree, Hallettsville
Hanging Tree, Kyle
Hanging Tree of Orange Texas by W. T. Block
Hanging Tree, Seguin
"Heart of Texas Oak", Center City
Hopewell Magnolia, Hopewell - Texas largest
"Indian Scout Tree", Bee County
Kyle Auction Oaks
Masonic Oak, Brazoria County
Matrimonial Oak of San Saba County
Montezuma Bald Cypress, Abram
Muster Oak, La Grange
Panna Maria Oaks, Panna Maria
Ranger Oaks, Seguin
Rio Frio Landmark Oak, Rio Frio
Sam Houston Oak, Gonzales by Mike Cox
In the vicinity of the tree on March 14, 1836, Sam Houston and several
hundred Texas citizen-soldiers spent one of the worst nights of
San Saba Mother Pecan (no photos)
Pine, Point Blank (No photos)
Cree's Little Tree (No photos)
Treaty Oak in Austin
Urrea Oaks, Refugio County
Wedding Oak, San Saba
Trees & More Tree Stories
Maligned Mesquite Gets Some Respect by Mike Cox 5-7-14
Cottonwood Tree by David Knape
Quercus Veritas by Mike Cox
Not many people know it, but Ward County does indeed have the U.S.’s
largest concentration of a species called the Havard oak.... “This
Lilliputian Jungle,” naturalist Roy Bedichek wrote of the Ward County
Havard oak stand in his classic book Adventures with a Texas Naturalist,
“is as much a natural curiosity as the Painted Desert or the wonder
areas of Yellowstone.” While Bedichek’s observation is true enough,
the Painted Desert and Yellowstone are a bit better known.
fight mesquite, others find use for it by Delbert Trew
Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was almost no mesquite
in the Panhandle of Texas...
Camino Olive Trail
Oliver trees, growers and harvests
the Texas National Forests by Bob Bowman
President Theodore Roosevelt established four Texas National Forests
in 1936. By 1937, the federal government had acquired more than
613,000 acres from private landowners at an average price of $4.62
Lindheimer by Clay Coppedge
About 50 species and sub-species of plants are named for Ferdinand
Lindheimer, a man born to the good life in Germany who made his
name – and the name of all those plants – on the Texas frontier.
Tree Ramsey by Clay Coppedge 3-22-11
When Frank T. Ramsey was 16 years old, he quit going to school and
became a partner in his father’s nursery business in Burnet County.
His father, Alexander M. Ramsey, wrote down a list of fruit tree
varieties that he had for sale and put his son and business partner
on a horse. Frank traveled all over Texas, taking orders for trees
and collecting native flora along the way...
Folklore - Psychic Persimmons by Dana Goolsby
Folklore reveals that superstitions about cutting persimmon
trees may help cure warts, cancer and even predict weather, even
“Backlash” Saves Trees by Brewster Hudspeth
or Love in the Time of Dendrophobia
According to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe, it has been
four years since “state transportation officials” proposed cutting
down both trees in the Texas Panhandle. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration.
There are a few more than two. TxDOT managed to count 1,185 trees
– that were “encroaching” on Hemphill County highways and proposed
to cut every one of them down...
Notes from East Texas by Bob Bowman
The Holy Oak - An image of Jesus in the end of the limb.
Country Kids Love'em by N. Ray Maxie
Does anyone know what a chinkapin is? I’m sure a lot of people don’t
know. The burley little nut actually resembles a small chestnut,
and rightly so, it is of the chestnut family...
trees tough as nails by Delbert Trew
Few Great Plains trees have the mystique and history of the "bois
d'arc" tree. Some call it Osage Orange, hedge, hedge apple, horse
apple, mock orange or even Thorny Maclura Pomifera - its scientific
name. Cowboys just said bodark...
by Mike Cox
Most peach trees seldom make it past their first decade of existence.
That’s what made the peach tree outside the old stone structure
in Burnet at the site of Fort Croghan so unusual...
Jones: The best friend Texas trees ever had by Clay Coppedge
Some people might be tempted to refer to W. Goodrich Jones as the
original tree hugger. While there is no record of Jones in an arbor
embrace, he was no doubt a pioneering conservation and a profound
and lasting impact on forestry in this country, especially Texas.
A state forest in East Texas is named in his honor...
appreciation for trees go full circle by Delbert Trew
Recently, I realized that in my 72 years of existence I have traveled
a full circle on the subject of trees. The area south of Perryton
where I was raised had no trees. I was not alone as before my time
settlers had to burn buffalo chips because there was little firewood...
of the Largest Tree by Bob Bowman
"The passing of Arthur Temple -- the man some newspapers called
the last of the East Texas timber barons -- ended a link with a
history reaching back more than a century."
Murder in La Grange, and "... a bad haircut that can kill."
by John Troesser
Trees of the Texas Panhandle
and The Noble Quest for a "Forgiving Roadside"
by John Troesser
Tree - The Haunted Tree of Shelby County's Square, Center, Texas
by James L. Choron
Fayette County Town Square Oak and Its Guardian
Cleve's concern for the tree is reminiscent of Comanche County's
Fleming Oak. Who knows? Perhaps in time there will be a historical
marker in Fayetteville as there is in Comanche, honoring someone
who took the time to call much-needed attention to a town's oldest
now-solitary Live Oak of Double Live Oak Lane, Elm Grove
I've been looking
for information on the largest Magnolia tree in the state
of Texas and ran across your article that spoke of a tree
that had fallen victim to a heartless individual that had harmed
the tree in a way that proved fatal. Your article said that the
tree was near the Polk, Liberty, and Hardin county divide. We live
in this area, approximately halfway between the towns of Segno and
Votaw. On our property we have two Magnolias, both having bases
that come close to 9', ...yes nine feet. I would welcome you to
come and verify this. My mood dips everytime I see a large tree
of any kind on the back of a logging truck. I understand that these
people are making a living, but there has to be balance. Many groups
such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, etc., talk about the South American
rainforest, but we need to look no further than our own back yard
to see "Our Vanishing Wilderness". - A Lover of Natural Texas,
Dan Pope, February 28, 2004
I've been stuck
on your website for hours. ... I live in Mansfield,Texas,
actually about six miles north of old downtown Mansfield. I've lived
here since 1963 in an area that years ago was called the Bisbee
Courts. There are Cottonwood trees that are over 100 feet
tall and have to be at least a couple hundred years old, by far
the largest trees in the whole Fort Worth, Dallas area. ..... The
Bisbee courts was actually a stage coach stop in the old days with
rooms to rent. This place has several water wells and an underground
spring that has ran for years. Rumor has it that Bonnie an Clyde
even stayed here. ..... - David, May 20, 2002
for future consideration in your tree section. There's a big live
oak in Huffman (community west of Lake Houston, north
of Crosby) that has some interesting history. The tree is privately
owned, but sits right on the highway (FM 2100) just a few miles
north of FM 1960. The elderly owner has an attractive home and keeps
a wonderful yard, especially his mature azaleas that are a wonderful
backdrop to the stately tree during the spring. There is some apocraphal
legend surrounding the tree. Being that it is actually on one of
the trails probably used from time to time by Jean Lafitte, legend
has it that he buried some gold under its branches. The tree has
been dated at better than 325 years old. Huffman is a community
of some historical significance, but is hard to define as a town.
There is an old town of Huffman, but it is really just a collection
of subdivisions build first for weekend homes, and later as suburbs.
Hence, the place kind of struggles for an identity. The big oak
is the lasting, living symbol of Huffman. The weight of ice during
a storm in 1996 or 1997 caused its huge trunk to split, but the
owner had it repaired with some sort of plaster-like substance.
The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce 281-328-6984 has some information
on this, as does the Lake Houston Sun newspaper 281-452-0530. -
J. Barnes, Humble, December 29, 2001
Link: Texas Forest Service - Texas
Big Tree Registry