Woody ornamentals for a 21st century landscape: a Texas perspective©

D. Creech
Stephen F. Austin University’s SFA Gardens comprises 128 acre (58 ha) of on-campus property at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), Nacogdoches, Texas. Tree, shrub, and herbaceous perennial evaluation at SFA Gardens is scattered across gardens and landscapes. Soils are generally well drained, slightly acidic, and the native flora is dominated by pine, oak, river birch, sweetgum, sycamore, Florida maple, hornbeam, elm, hackberry, pecan, and hickory.
Nacogdoches is Zone 8b with an average annual rainfall of 1219 mm (48 in.). June through August is characteristically hot and dry. In recorded history, 1 Sept. 2000 was the record high, 44.4°C (112°F), and 23 Dec. 1989 was the record low -17.8°C (0°F). In 2010 and 2011, Nacogdoches experienced all-time record drought and heat. The SFA Gardens lies in the floodplain of LaNana creek and flooding is a reality usually occurring every 3 to 5 years. However, we had two big floods in 2015 and one in 2016. All predictive NOAA and NASA models show Texas moving to hotter times, more dry spells and more heavy precipitation incidents. While Virginia is predicted to be a bit hotter—precipitation stays about the same and more frequent violent weather events are expected.
Creech, D. (2017). Woody ornamentals for a 21st century landscape: a Texas perspective©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 349-352
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1174.71

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