North Florida Native Landscaping

Landscaping can add value to your home and aesthetically please the eye, but it always seems like a daunting task. Although, there is a way to simplify the process, forego those exotic eyecatchers for more durable and native species. In this first of a three-part blog, I will be informing you of an array of North Florida tree species. These trees can withstand our everyday Florida weather with minimal upkeep while sacrificing none of the beauty.

 

 

American Hornbeam:Untitled design

Light Range: Full – Minimal Sun

Growth Rate: Slow (12″ or less per year)

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.

Mature Spread: 20-30 ft.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Notes: Orange/yellow flowers bloom during spring. Can withstand above average to high winds. Thrives in areas that receive large amounts of moisture.

 

 

NL-Green AshGreen Ash:

Light Range: Full – Minimal Sun

Growth Rate: Fast ( 25″ or more a year)

Mature Height: 50-100 ft.

Mature Spread: 30-70 ft.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Notes: Can tolerate wet conditions and above average winds.

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Laurel or Darlington Oak:NL-Laurel Oak

Light Range: Full – Partial Sun

Growth Rate: Fast ( 25″ or more a year)

Mature Height: 60-70 ft.

Mature Spread: 35-45 ft.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Notes: Short-lived and will decay easily if main branches are removed. Can withstand average winds and does not do well in low drainage areas.

NL-Live OakLive Oak:

Light Range: Full – Partial Sun

Growth Rate: Medium ( 13″ t0 24″ per year)

Mature Height: 40-80 ft.

Mature Spread: 60-120 ft.

Drought Tolerance: High

Notes: Can resist high winds. Large root system and spread mean this tree should be avoided for small lots.

Shumard Oak:NL-Shumard Oak

Light Range: Full Sun

Growth Rate: Fast ( 25″ or more a year)

Mature Height: 55-80 ft.

Mature Spread: 40-50 ft.

Drought Tolerance: High

Notes: Can withstand above average to high winds. Being a red oak it will turn this beautiful color beginning in the fall.

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Untitled design (2)Sweet Bay Magnolia:

Light Range: Full – Partial Sun

Growth Rate: Medium ( 13″ to 24″ per year)

Mature Height: 40-60 ft.

Mature Spread: 20-50 ft.

Drought Tolerance: None

Notes: Above average to high wind resistance. Plant this tree to attract Swallowtail butterflies in your area.

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Sweetgum: NL-Sweetgum

Light Range: Full – Partial Sun

Growth Rate: Medium ( 13″ to 24″ per year)

Mature Height: 40-100 ft.

Mature Spread: 40-60 ft.

Drought Tolerance: High

Notes: Above average to high wind resistance. During the fall this tree leaves can turn to an array of colors (bright red, purple, yellow and orange). This tree does bear fruit called “Sweetgum balls” some owners find the sheer amount that falls to the ground to be a nuisance.

NL-Winged ElmWinged Elm:

Light Range: Full – Partial Sun

Growth Rate: Fast ( 25″ or more a year)

Mature Height: 45-70 ft.

Mature Spread: 30-40 ft.

Drought Tolerance: High

Notes: Can tolerate above average to high winds. Be on the lookout for signs of Dutch Elm Disease, if deciding to plant this species.

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