Texas Native Plant of the Month: Chittamwood Tree Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Gardening on March 24, 2015 by T.J. Fabby Photo by Melody Lytle, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Every month I will feature a Texas Native plant that will grow well in Ellis County. This month, I have chosen an obscure widely unknown little tree as our first Texas Native Plant of the Month.The Chittamwood Tree, also known as Gum Bumelia, is growing along fence lines and the edges of wooded areas all across Ellis County and North Texas, but most folks wouldn't recognize one if they saw it. It is one of my favorite trees because it is very similar to other trees but very unique as well.Chittamwood has very dark bark with dark green shiny leaves that resemble the leaves of a Live Oak. It grows well in almost any location except very moist areas. This tree is semi-evergeen, which means it retains just a few leaves throughout the winter, and it has thorns that grow on the end of each twig, but it is easily maintained.Wildlife benefit greatly from these trees because they provide safer nesting and they also provide black berries.Chittamwood trees can be planted in hot dry areas where they will thrive with little to no supplemental irrigation once they are established. They are medium sized trees reaching maximum heights of only 80 feet while growing only 50 feet wide.I recommend Chittamwood to any plant or tree enthusiast, but good luck finding one at a nursery. You'll have to dig one of these up yourself.T.J. Fabby is a lifelong resident of Ellis County and owner of Liberty Tree Service, which serves all of Ellis County and surrounding areas. You can contact T.J. at 972-937-TREE (972-937-8733) or on Facebook. You may also be interested in readingMulch; It’s not just for looksBlack Diamond in the rough: New crapemyrtles in big demandDon’t suffocate your treesCompost Tea; It’s so stinkin’ easy!Column: Stay safe during hazardous hot weatherEllis County Master Gardeners’ Lawn & Garden Expo Saturday, March 28Trimming trees: Canopy-CleanoutsHuman bones found near AlmaKeep up the good work this winterRed Oak PD arrests three for vehicle burglaries ← Red Oak ISD to host 3rd Annual Special Olympics MeetCommissioners support renaming highway after Kyle and Littlefield → You must log in to post a comment.