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Texas Matters: Famous Trees Of Texas


You might think you have deep roots in Texas, but they do not compare to some of the great trees of the state. These Live Oaks, Pecans, Elms and Cypress have stood tall through the ages. They watched the six flags come and go. They gave shade to the history makers and sometimes provided the limbs for grim lynchings.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has collected the most storied trees of the state in the book “Famous Trees of Texas” Gretchen Riley co-authored the book with Peter D.Smith.

Gretchen Riley is a staff forester and the urban forestry partnership coordinator at the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Some of the famous trees of Texas:

The Treaty Oak

The Goose Island Oak

Governor Hogg Pecan

Ben Milam Cypress

Hangman's Oak

Half-Way Oak

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi