Ed Collett Park is essentially a sports park, with a baseball/soccer field occupying most of it.  It’s along the north side of West Vickery Blvd., just west of the Hulen Street bridge over the Trinity River and railroad yard.  MAP.  The deep drainage course that marks the back side of the park runs from Lake Como to the Trinity River, apparently handling local area runoff and intermittent overflow from the lake.  Photos.


            Lined along the Vickery roadside is a mix of species, with some of the trees probably persisting as natives, others obviously planted –– cedar elms, hackberries, Shumard oaks.  Behind the baseball field is a nice grove of cedar elms.  At the east end of the park, where it narrows to a point, a shady picnic table sits within a little grove of native trees, including bur oaks, hackberries, Shumard oaks, and pecans, all of varying size.  


            On the other side of the drainage, in the narrow strip between it and the houses, are lots of chinaberry, white mulberry, hackberry, glossy privet, with a few willows.   Across from the picnic grove is a thicket of yellow bamboo, a woody grass native to eastern Asia.  Yellow, alluding to the color of the cane stems –– it’s also known as ‘golden’ bamboo, but this seems to exaggerate both its value and color.  Yellow bamboo spreads by underground stems (rhizomes) and like here at Collett Park, usually forms very dense stands.  Since it very rarely flowers to make seeds, it either gets its start from plantings (grown as an ornamental) or from fragments of the rhizomes that break off and are taken further on by water or otherwise. 



Ailanthus altissima                       Tree of heaven                                           Non-native, naturalized

Bumelia lanuginosa                     Chittamwood, gum bumelia                   Native here, naturally occurring 

Carya illinoiensis                         Pecan                                               Native here, naturally occurring

Celtis laevigata                           Hackberry                                         Native here, naturally occurring 

Melia azederach                         Chinaberry                                        Non-native, naturalized

Morus alba                                 White mulberry                                  Non-native, naturalized

Quercus macrocarpa                   Bur oak                                             Native here, naturally occurring 

Quercus shumardii                      Shumard oak                                      Native here, naturally occurring 

Salix nigra                                  Black willow                                       Native here, naturally occurring 

Ulmus crassifolia                        Cedar elm                                          Native here, naturally occurring 



Ligustrum lucidum                       Glossy privet                                     Non-native, naturalized


Phyllostachys aurea                    Yellow bamboo                                    Non-native, naturalized