Don’t be afraid to plant some new trees this year. Florida is the sunshine state, after all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little shade to your yard. Here are some of the best trees to grow in Florida.
Southern Live Oak
A classic Florida tree and a favorite of many, the Southern live oak is a great tree for Florida. They provide excellent shade, grow very tall with a big, broad canopy, and their leaves stay green all year long. They do shed their leaves, but it happens in the spring, as new leaves are growing. This means the tree is never truly bare. If you enjoy the look of hanging moss and a wide canopy, the southern live oak is one of the best trees to grow in Florida.
Another classic Florida tree, often associated with the Everglades and Florida’s wetlands. This is because cypress trees love the water and tend to grow best near rivers and streams. This doesn’t mean you have to live on the water. If you find a sunny spot with moist soil and keep the tree watered, you should have no problem growing a cypress. They do shed their leaves in the fall, but their height and medium-sized canopy (about 25 feet across) make them a great shade tree for yards that aren’t too large.
Many people think the leaves don’t change in Florida. While this is true for many trees, it’s not true for all of them. The Florida maple is one of the best trees to grow in Florida if you want to experience the colors of fall in your yard. While most maple trees don’t survive well in Florida’s climate, the Florida maple can grow up to 40 feet tall and do it in a short amount of time. Do be careful of the roots as they can be damaged by lawnmowers. For this reason, you may want to place some mulch around the tree to protect its roots.
If Florida is best known for palm trees, then pine trees must be right behind. There are tons of pine trees in Florida, contributing to its lack of color change in the fall. These evergreen pines grow quickly and come in a variety of species. The loblolly pine is especially good as a shade tree and is one of the best pine trees to grow in Florida for shade. Instead of the triangle shape of most pines, the loblolly’s branches spread out to make a broad canopy. They can grow from 60-100 feet high and their canopy can grow as wide as 30 feet. At a rate of 1-2 feet per year, it’s a real fast grower too!
Ask a Tree Expert
If you can’t decide on the best tree to grow in Florida for your property, contact us at 1 Tree Expert. We can look at your property and help you find the best trees to grow for your particular needs and environment. You can also be sure your tree will grow healthy and strong with the care of a certified arborist from 1 Tree Expert!