Shade Trees

Best 6 Shade Trees To Grow In San Antonio

Shade trees that are recommended in the San Antonio area include live oak, Texas red oak (Shumard oak), cedar elm, Mexican sycamore, bur oak, Mexican white oak, Chinese pistache, and chinkapin oak.

The Rainbow Gardens team has put together a list of our favorite shade trees in the San Antonio area that we recommend to you.

Listed below are a number of shade trees that are native to Texas and/or have been adapted to our soil and climate. This list of shade trees will give you a good chance of success in your endeavor on how to plant a shade tree, whether you choose from the shade trees on this list, or stick with native and other well adapted varieties.


Willow Hybrid


You are just one click away from owning a lush and living privacy fence all to yourself. Growing up to 6 feet per year, the Austree Willow Hybrid forms a solid green wall that grows to create a nice height as it grows.

Additionally, it is a green screen that is extremely trouble-free, as it thrives in any climate, regardless of the condition it is placed in.

What could be better than that? There is no disease that can infect this plant, and it can tolerate hot and cold temperatures equally. Austree Willow Hybrids ripen in almost any soil type and improve under a wide range of weather conditions, from Florida to Canada.

This flexibility and adaptability makes the Willow Hybrid a popular choice among landscape developers across the country since it has such a versatile and highly adaptable nature.


Northern Red Oak


The Northern Red Oak is the perfect tree for you if you want to grow a monster shade tree that you won’t ever have to worry about. It is very durable, extremely hardy and most importantly, it is a fast-growing tree, therefore almost every American family can benefit from buying this tree.

The plant can survive even in the poorest of conditions. Northern Red Oaks thrive in almost any kind of environment that is available to them, from wide open pastures to dense forests and even on pollution-filled city sidewalks.

It is possible for you to grow the tree even with poor soil, compact space, wet sand, dry clay or urban air, just like anyone with perfect soil and a wide-open pasture.


Pin Oak Tree


An evergreen tree with eye-catching foliage, a foliage show in the fall that displays vivid autumn colors, as well as a wildlife show of butterflies and birds: Pin Oaks have it all.

It is also grown for long-term success, which allows it to blend in effortlessly with your landscape because it is grown for long-term success.

Pin Oaks are unique in their own way. Combined with easy-to-car-for roots and a unique appearance, you will love it wherever you plant it, regardless of where it’s planted.

As it grows slowly, it is easy to adapt to any location, because it is consistent, slow-growing, and does not require fertilizers because it is watered by rain after the first couple of seasons.

Red Sunset® Maple Tree

One of the best maple trees on the market, the Red Sunset® produces outstanding red and orange color at an earlier stage of the season than most other varieties.

A tree of this sort provides you with a long-lasting autumn color with its deep, dazzling red hues that develop almost one month earlier than you can find in similar varieties.

There is no other maple tree on the market that can display the rich, vivid color Red Sunset ® is renowned for.

You can look forward to vibrant colors no matter where you live, whether in a region with temperatures as low as -20 degrees or a hot and dry desert as high as zone 9.

In addition to its drought-resistance, Red Sunset® also keeps on looking great even with little water, so no matter how poor the conditions are.

Additionally, the strong branching of this tree makes it able to withstand high winds and intense storms with ease.


Shumard Oak Tree


You can make your family’s life easier by giving them a tree that stands the test of time. In the landscape of the United States, Shumard Oak trees are widely known.

Your family will have it for generations and your heirloom will stand the test of time well under every possible circumstance.

You can plant the Shumard oak in your yard. It is known as one of the most resilient trees in the world.

In fact, there has been no instance of a tree that has been completely destroyed by floods, droughts, or windstorms.

The Shumard Oak will never let you down, regardless of the harsh weather conditions we may face.

There are 3 major species of this tree that are highly valued for their strength, and as a result, this tree’s wood is found in American homes around the country in furniture, flooring and carpentry.

Superior Hybrid Poplar Tree

It’s one of the fast-growing and most attractive shade trees you can find, and it’s a very attractive one as well.

Superior hybrid poplar trees are known for working quickly to establish themselves in the landscape and increase the value of a home by thousands of dollars.

Furthermore, hybrid poplar trees are characterized by a pleasant oval shape which makes them a perfect addition to any property.

The Poplar trees can be planted anywhere you require shade or privacy in a hurry. It has been documented that they have grown as far as 8 feet in a single year.

So, by strategically planting them, you can effectively block the direct sunlight, which in turn reduces your air conditioning costs dramatically.

This tree sheds its dense green foliage in the winter, which lets sunlight through when it is needed the most.