Author Archives: Simmons Oak Farms

About Simmons Oak Farms

21225 Krupala Road Harlingen, Texas 78550 (956) 425-5859 We're a wholesale growers of trees & palms. Our goal is to provide our customers with top quality plants at competitive prices.

Looking for an accent palm?

If you are looking for an accent palm, you should take a look at Cliff Date Palms (or Phoenix rupicola). The bright green leaves lay flat from the stem, giving it a very graceful look. I think Cliff Dates look … Continue reading

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We’re Gonna Have Some Desert Willows!

It’s only been a month or six weeks since I walked the rows containing our oldest desert willow trees –  they were just bare branches then.   I was in for a surprise when I was back in that  field this morning!  … Continue reading

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Honey Mesquite

A signature plant of south Texas, the mesquite tree’s popularity as a landscape tree is growing rapidly.    Its spreading canopy gives dappled shade and relief from our brutal summer sun.      The mesquites pictures above are growing along a … Continue reading

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Texas Sabal – Centurion of the RGV

Stout, strong, majestic, a centurion along the roadways.  That’s how I see our native Texas sabal palm.    This is the one palm native to the Rio Grande Valley.   Twenty years ago, the only large native stand could be found at the Sabal … Continue reading

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Single Med Fan Palms

Everyone who works with palms knows that the Mediterranean Fan Palm, Chamerops humilis, is a clumping palm.   That means that it grows its main trunk first and then develops “pup” surrounding the trunk 3 or 4 years later.   (See photo below) … Continue reading

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Day Two of Blogging 101

Day Two of wordpress’ Blogging 101 gave us the task of changing our blog title and tagline. . . . . That’s a great suggestion for this blog but it’s left me pretty stumped and is going to take a … Continue reading

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Why Blog?

My name is Mary Beth.   I run a wholesale nursery in deep south Texas.   Everything we grow may start from little seeds but our customer will probably need some sort of machinery to move our products after he … Continue reading

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Tree of the Week – Texas Mountain Laurel

Native to Southwest and Central Texas, the blooms of the Texas Mountain Laurel are one of the first signs of spring.     And after the wet and dreary winter we’ve had, I’m even more excited than usual to see these beautiful  … Continue reading

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Tree of the Week – Texas Persimmons

This small, sculptural tree can be found throughout south Texas.   Perhaps its most striking feature is its smooth trunk with pealing bark.  The trunk is predominantly white and gray with bits of pink on some.   It is often low forking … Continue reading

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Tree of the Week – Cedar Elm

This upright growing tree has small dark green leaves with a sand-paper like texture.    Mature size is 50 feet tall and 40-60 feet wide.   It grows at a medium rate.   Cedar Elm is native to all areas of Texas except the High … Continue reading

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