The Top 4 Coolest Trees at TMS

4 Awesome Trees

Southern Live Oak

  • Common Name: Live Oak Height: 2 feet per year untill a max height of about 8 feet
  • Climate: Southern
  • Lifespan:100-200 years
  • Leaves: Broad and Thick
  • Fruits: Acorns
  • Reproduction: Acorns

Many Organism are dependent on the Live Oak like birds and squirels for shelter and food. Some of the limiting factors are need of space, pollution, and predators. Some Scales and insect larvae feed of the tree parasitically. Some adaptations to help the tree is quick growth rate and high reproduction chance. The tree needs space, water, soil, and sunlight to grow. Some short term affects can be pretty and attract many animals. Some long term affects are even more trees and less CO2 emissions.

White Cedar

  • Common Name- White Cedar
  • Growth Rate- 1-2 ft. per year Maximum Height- 40-50 ft. (15 ft. or less at TMS)
  • Climate It Grows Best In- It grows best in uplands, lowlands, swamps and seepage areas
  • Life Span- 40-60 yrs.
  • Leaves- Its leaves are scale-like evergreen leaves. They are 1/4" long at the longest point and 1/8" long at shortest point
  • Produce Flower- A cone
  • Reproduction Method- It drops Its cones which spreads the seeds
There are a few animals native to TMS that depend on the White Cedar like some ants that will eat the bark, however, birds depend on it the most because they eat the cones. The white cedars can get pretty big which means they need space. They also can't be covered by other trees because they need the sun to produce food. The short term effects of the tree are that it gives TMS a natural look and doesn't drop its leaves during the winter which saves us time from cleaning up the leaves. The long term effects are that it will reproduce and give TMS even more white cedars. It has an important role in the ecosystem by providing plants and animals with oxygen as well as reducing CO2 emissions.

Texas Red oak

  • Common Name- Texas Red Oak
  • Growth Rate- 2 ft. per year Maximum Height- 18-25 ft.
  • Climate It Grows Best In-It grows best in lowlands, doesn't need very much water
  • Life Span- 400 yrs.
  • Leaves- 7 lobes, pointy lobes, the lobes are opposite
  • Produce Flower- The Texas Red Oak tree produces acorns
  • Reproduction Method- Every Spring the tree produces a female and a male plant. These little plants (almost impossible to see) produce acorns. Eventually the acorns turn into oak trees once they go underground

  • The Texas Red Oak needs a lot of space in order to grow. It needs a lot of sunlight, but not a lot of water, the soil can be dry. In the process of planting the Texas Red Oak you will need to make a big hole so the the roots aren't damaged.

Some of the animals that depend on this tree are the Gray Squirrel, lots of insects, spiders, Opossums, and Some frogs. Some limiting factors for the trees growth are smoke, candy wrappers, shade, and bad soil.Some of the parasites that Affect this tree are ball moss, lichens, and mistletoe: pest or nuisance. Some of the abiotic factors this tree needs are rain, sunlight, and soil. A long term affect of this tree is that it provides oxygen and reduces the amount of CO2 in the air. A short term affect the tree has is that the leaves turn a beautiful red in the Fall.

Southern Magnolia

  • Common Name- Southern Magnolia
  • Growth Rate- 1-2 ft. per year Maximum Height- 40 ft.- 100 ft.
  • Climate It Grows Best In-
  • Life Span- They commonly live to be around 200 yrs.
  • Leaves- the leaves are reddish-orange and have about 7 lobes withe a vein running into each from a central lobe
  • Produce Flower- Acorns
  • Reproduction Method- It drops the acorn on the ground which distributes the seeds and they then grow into new Southern Magnolias

What Would I Need To Do To Grow Any Tree In My Yard?

First you would need to dig a hole for the tree. Then you would plant the seeds and pile mulch around the base for water absorption. Then water constantly and make sure it is getting a lot of sunlight. Once it is fully grown, you will have to trim it to keep the leaves from getting out of hand. And that is how you grow a tree!

Group Members

Jeff Kinard, Samuel Westbrook and Ben Zabicki