Planting trees in Texas isn't always a sure bet. We get so much wind, heat and sometimes snow that the beautiful flowering trees you see in the North (you lucky cherry blossom owners!) just can't cut it in Texas climate.
A friend introduced us to the Texas Lilac (also known as Vitex or Chaste Tree) and we are loving it. We planted it in September and it's already doubled in size and bloomed like crazy. We love it.
And so do the bees, apparently.