This tree was originally imported from China for the silkworm industry and was planted as windbreaks in the southern Great Plains. It is very adaptable and is said to be grown in more countries than any other species. Landscapers tend to disagree over its value. Many consider it to be worthless and others praise it as a tough, rugged tree that is drought tolerant and easy to grow.
This cedar is native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and is more cold hardy than the Cedrus Deodara. It prefers moist, deep loamy soil but will tolerate sandy, clay soils if there is good drainage. It also prefers acid soil but withstands alkaline soils.
Magnolias are native to Texas, but only in far east Texas where there is lots of rain and acid soils. There are some beautiful Magnolias in Lubbock, but they are much smaller and slower growing than they are in East Texas and Louisiana. If you want this tree in your yard, be prepared to give it some extra TLC - iron needs to be added to the soil to correct the alkalinity.
Mulberry tree and leaf.