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City Public Service (CPS) Green Shade Tree Rebates

The Green Shade Tree Rebates program will give you a rebate of $50 per tree for up to three trees that you purchase and plant between October 1, 2010 through April 1, 2011. This Green Shade Rebate program is an initiative of CPS Energy in partnership with the City of San Antonio. It is fully explained at: http://www.milbergernursery.com/green_shade_rebate.htm Forms are available at participating nurseries such as Milberger*s. The trees that qualify for this $50 rebate must be a variety that is recommended by CPS. Following is a listing of those trees recommended on the program. Below is the list of trees with BEST RECOMMENDATIONS (IN CAPITALS) BY KNOWLEDGEABLE HORTICULTURISTS AND BOTANISTS FOR AREA PLANTINGS. The CPS trees which can be purchased as qualifying tree species (ultimate size in parenthesis) for the Rebate program are:
  1. Anaqua (40'x 25') -- NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE LANDSCAPE TREE FOR SAN ANTONIO
  2. Ebony, Texas (45'x 40') -- NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE LANDSCAPE TREE FOR SAN ANTONIO BECAUSE OF COLD WINTERS
  3. Cypress, Arizona (30 to 50 ft.) -- NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE LANDSCAPE TREE FOR SAN ANTONIO BECAUSE OF ITS VARYING SURVIVAL CONDITIONS.
  4. Cypress, Montezuma (50'x 30') -- BEST IN DEEP SOILS WHICH CAN BE WET FOR PERIODS OF TIME.
  5. Elm, Cedar (45'x 30') - SEEDY BUT RELIABLE.
  6. Mesquite (45'x 40') -- NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE LANDSCAPE TREE FOR SAN ANTONIO BECAUSE OF SEED PODS AND THORNS AS WELL AS BEING SUSCEPTIBLE BEING KILLED IF EXPOSED TO WET CONDITIONS
  7. Oak, Bur (60'x 30') (DEEP SOILS ONLY)
  8. Oak, Chinkapin (50'x 30') BEST OF BEST.
  9. Oak, Lacey (45'x 40') -- CONFLICTING RESULTS
  10. Oak, Live (50'x 50') VERY ADAPTED AND COMMON
  11. Oak, Mexican White (Monterrey Oak) (40' x 40') - GREAT, UPRIGHT LIVE OAK-TYPE SELECTION
  12. Oak, Texas Red (25'x 20') - GREAT SELECTION IF-AND-ONLY-IF YOU PURCHASE AN OAK GROWN FROM SOUTH TEXAS* ACORNS. YOUR BEST CHANCE OF GETTING AN ADAPTED TEXAS* RED OAK IS PURCHASE FROM A NON-BOX OR LOCALLY OWNED NURSERY SUCH AS MILBERGER*S NURSERY.
  13. Pecan (to 90* tall and to 75* wide). NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE LANDSCAPE TREE FOR SAN ANTONIO BECAUSE OF INSECT-AND-DISEASE SUSCEPTIBILITY AND GROWTH-PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS.
  14. Sycamore, Mexican (50*x 40*) - IF AND ONLY IF YOU CAN FIND A TRUE MEXICAN SYCAMORE - SEE IMAGES AND WRITE-UP.
  15. Walnut, Texas (30* x 30* is Juglans microcarpa) The CPS *Texas Walnut* is described as a medium to large tree*which would be the American or Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) with a height to 80* and a width of 40* to 50*) NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE LANDSCAPE TREE FOR SAN ANTONIO BECAUSE OF INSECT-AND-DISEASE SUSCEPTIBILITY AND GROWTH-PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS.

How to differentiate between a good Sycamore (Mexican) tree
and the non-adapted Eastern Sycamore


1. The TRUE Mexican Sycamore has silver on the bottom of leaves compared to....

2. ...smooth- bottom-of-leaves which is on the ill-adapted Eastern Sycamore.

3. Comparison of the leaves -- the smooth-leafed not-adapted Eastern Sycamore type is on the left and the silver- leafed, desirable Mexican Sycamore type is in the back-ground on the bottom right corner.

4. The silver-leafed Mexican Sycamore (fore-ground) is resistant to foliage diseases of the Eastern Sycamore seen in background.

5. Eastern Sycamores can be totally defoliated by the disease Anthacnose.

6. Anthracnose on Eastern Sycamore's begins as small lesions in the middle or on the margins of affected leaves.
 


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