Pest-free and widely adapted to conditions from the stream-side to the neighborhood mall. It's surprising the trade has not more widely embraced this American native. Fall color is an appealing mix of soft red, yellow and orange. Squirrels risk falling from the slenderest of branches to eat every possible fat, fertile seed in October.
Native to upper elevations in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, this evergreen oak is widely adapted, forming shrubs where conditions are harsh - or a 40 ft. tree where more favorable. Deep dark green leaves are backed by white. Under-utilized, this tree is adapted to grow throughout much of the mild West.
Soft needles, pleasing form, and kind of pre-historic in its overall appearance, Umbrella Pine is somewhat slow-growing, but always in demand from those suppliers who invest in liners annually and hold them for 4-5 years. Best if not crowded or planted in a wet spot, or simply "let go". This is an expensive plant to buy but a profitable one to sell if you're patient and want to offer something other than red maples, crabapples and honeylocust.