8 Texas Trees That Are Adaptable To Both Wet And Dry Areas

Ben Collinsworth

Our weather has been crazy in Texas with weeks of rain and flooding, and now we are back to unbearably hot. These extreme conditions can wreak havoc on your commercial landscape if you don’t have the right plants to withstand it.

To keep your property lively no matter the weather, try these eight Texas trees for wet areas that can handle dry just as well.

texas-trees-for-wet-areas.jpgBald Cypress

Great for retention or detention ponds that sometimes fill with water, the bald cypress sucks up excess water like a straw. It can also take the heat, making it an ideal Texas tree for wet and dry areas.

During the fall, you’ll enjoy bronze-colored leaves on this fern-like tree. The bald cypress can grow 40 to 60 feet tall with variable spread sizes.

Cedar Elm

Another tree that serves dual purposes — thriving in both dry and wet conditions — the cedar elm is often used as a street tree.

The cedar elm can grow 50 to 70 feet tall once it reaches maturity, and it prefers full-sun conditions.

The tree blooms from late summer to early fall, producing light-green blossoms.


Crape Myrtle

This tree is a triple threat, weathering the heat, water and also providing good color.

The crape myrtle comes in a variety of dwarf and mature varieties, so it can grow anywhere from 2 to 20 feet. In addition to a range of color options, another benefit of this tree is that it resists mildew well — a great trait for wet conditions.

Red Oak

This tree is so popular in the state, there’s even a city named after it.

The red oak doesn’t like to sit in water, but it can certainly take the Central Texas heat and occasional monsoon. It normally grows 30 to 50 feet tall and has spreading branches.

The red oak blooms during the spring and then has bright red and orange foliage during the fall.

Mountain_Laurel.jpegMountain Laurel

Another tree with good color, the mountain laurel is up for the extreme conditions.

It’s both an evergreen and flowering tree, so you’ll have aesthetic value year round with this one. The tree produces flowers that range from white to deep rose, and it blooms in May and June.

The mountain laurel reaches 7 to 15 feet tall and wide, with a slow growth rate.

Eastern Redbud

You’ll see the eastern redbud through this area because of its stately color and drought- and water-tolerant qualities.

The tree produces rosy pink flowers in April and also heart-shaped leaves that change colors throughout the year. It also attracts wildlife like birds and butterflies.

The eastern redbud grows 20 to 30 feet in height with a spread of 25 to 35 feet once it reaches maturity.


If you’re looking for a tree that can handle extreme heat, check out the vitex.

Also known as the chaste tree, vitex is an ideal choice for small, modern suburban landscapes because of its compact size, only reaching 15 to 25 feet tall.

It blooms from May to September and attracts butterflies and other insects with its fragrant flowers. If you’re looking to add a focal point that can survive the Texas conditions, you should give this one a try.

Palo Verde

Ranging from a large shrub to medium-sized tree, the Palo Verde does well in extreme heat and also provides some nice color.

Its flowers produce honey that attracts wildlife, and it’s also a great shade tree. The Palo Verde’s bright yellow flowers will appear during the spring.

Let Us Install The Best Texas Trees For Wet And Dry Areas

You need trees that can withstand everything Mother Nature (and Texas) can throw at them, and these eight are up for the challenge.

We’ll help you pick out the best native and adaptive trees for your commercial property. Once they are installed, we’ll also maintain them to ensure they get established and add value to your landscape.

Native services commercial properties throughout Austin, Houston and McAllen, Texas, and we’d love to help you enhance yours.

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Ben Collinsworth


Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

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