The high, flat, windy plains is a challenging area for trees. Wind, erratic rainfall and drought, blizzards, sudden temperature shifts and hail contribute to difficult growing conditions. Because of this and our cold hardiness range, our tree list is short compared to other ecological regions.The City of Amarillo, County Extension offices and Texas Forest Service all have lists of trees considered suitable. Consider planting trees from an area tree list. Choosing one of these trees is not a 100% guarantee of long term survival; that depends on many factors. Not all trees will grow well in all Panhandle soil conditions. However, these trees have been proven, long term, to require much less maintenance and are more suited to our climate and conditions than others when planted in the right location.
The BP America Arbor Trail (located between Coulter Street and Wolflin Avenue, just north of I-40) within Amarillo's Rock Island Rail Trail identifies 24 tree species and provides an opportunity to see the tree sizes and shapes, along with growth characteristics.