This elevated corner represents a glimpse of the past – the piney woods of east Texas. It was the presence of mature pine trees in this area along Brays Bayou that made it a logical choice for future parkland, culminating in George Hermann’s gift to the City of Houston in 1914. Seeds of the Loblolly Pine, the most common of the southern evergreens, are a favorite of wildlife, attracting warblers, red-cockaded woodpeckers, ospreys and bald eagles, as well as deer and squirrels. The Friendship Pavilion that sits atop the Pine Hill was a gift to the City of Houston from its sister city Taipei, made for the United States Bicentennial in 1976.


List of Plants 

1.  American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana

This North American native evergreen shrub produces lavender flowers in the spring and attracts butterflies, bees, and birds.

Light: Full sun - partial shade

Size: 8’ tall; 7’ wide

Water: Moderately in winter; occasionally in other seasons

Special cultural requirements: Requires cutting back to permanent frame.

2. Butterfly Iris (
Dietes grandiflora

This evergreen perennial comes from southern Africa and blooms pale yellow flowers with yellow stripes and small blue petals in mid spring. It attracts bees and butterflies.

Light: Full Sun - partial shade

Size: 3 - 5’ tall; 2 - 4’ wide

Water: Moderate

Special cultural requirements: Remove spent foliage by clipping and divide the clumps to thin and propagate the plant.

3. Oklahoma Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma')

This deciduous tree blooms in spring with blue flowers. This plant is native to Texas and Oklahoma and bears pink to light purple flowers.

Light: Sun to partial shade

Size: 12 - 18’ tall; 15 - 24’ wide

Water: Moderate

Special cultural requirements: Canker can be a significant disease problem.

4.  Iris White Spider Lily (Hymenocallis littoralis)

This herbaceous perennial blooms from late winter to early fall with white flowers. The aromatic plant is native to Central America and Mexico and attracts butterflies. There are over 2,000 White Spider Lilies in the garden.

Full sun to partial shade

Size: 1 - 2’ tall; 1 - 1.5’ wide

Water: Moderate