Tree or shrub to protect from afternoon sun -small root system

I recently had to remove a Bradbury pear and a live oak from west side of house/yard because their root systems were cracking our pool. Living in San Antonio, we need something that is appropriate for this climate. I'd like something that would grow to at least 15-20 feet to give us a little relief from the Western sun. Evergreen would be nice so we wouldn't have to deal with shedding or dropped leaves. Would appreciate any suggestions.


Bexar County Texas trees and shrubs landscape design horticulture over 4 years ago

Blue Berry Chilling Hours

Hello again, I have attached some figures below from a data logger. The manufacture can not help me to work out the Chilling hours between the dates on the data. I am surprised since they created the device and the soft ware. can you help me work it out please, thank you.

S/N 611356

Type TGU-4500

Description Cal Run

Property Temperature

Logging Started 12 Sep 2012 09:19:05

Logging Ended 22 Feb 2013 15:49:00

Logging Duration 163 days 6 hours 29 minutes 54 seconds
Offload Operator Laurence Tree

Trigger Start No

Start Delay 0 second

Interval 15 minutes

Stop Mode When full

Run Id 6zkr kjc1 poq1
Last Calibrated 7 Apr 2011
Calibration Agency Manufacturer
Offload Time 24 Mar 2013 15:53:04
Number of Readings 15675
Stop Reason Still Logging

Logging Mode Minutes Mode
Statistics Start Time 14 Nov 2012 20:03:11

Statistics End Time 22 Feb 2013 15:49:00

Minimum Reading -3.6 °C

Maximum Reading 28.4 °C

Average Reading 6.4 °C

Mean Kinetic Temperature 7.3 °C
Time above 1.7 °C 86 days 18 hours 48 seconds

Area above 1.7 °C 11791.2 °C hour
Time below 1.7 °C 13 days 1 hour 45 minutes
Area below 1.7 °C 537.4 °C hour

Time above 7.2 °C 45 days 15 hours 30 minutes 48 seconds
Area above 7.2 °C 2774.9 °C hour

Time below 7.2 °C 54 days 4 hours 15 minutes
Area below 7.2 °C 4697.8 °C hour


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