Although palm trees are typically the first that come to mind when thinking of Florida, there are more than 300 different tree species throughout the state. Trees can add as much as 15% to your home’s value, and can even reduce heating and cooling costs. Courtesy of Florida Realtors®, here are 9 Florida-friendly trees that can boost your property value!
There are dozens of species and varieties of banana and plantain trees. Generally speaking, they have a fast growth rate and do well in warmer climates with plenty of moisture. Its springtime flowering continues through the summer to then produce the desired fruit. Banana trees can grow to be very tall; try the dwarf Cavendish banana (8-10 ft) to accommodate smaller areas. One might be surprised at the various uses for this plant’s natural components!
Other common names for the slash pine are swamp pine, yellow slash pine, and southern Florida pine. This tree displays long soft needles that create a canopy providing the perfect combination of shade & sunlight to plant life below. The slash pine serves as a wonderful sanctuary for wildlife, and its seeds are a great food source for squirrels and other small animals. At its maturity, this tree can grow anywhere from 60-100 ft tall.
Citrus trees are very popular in Florida. Some of the most common species include orange, tangerine, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and kumquat. Citrus trees enjoy full sun. If you are going to plant more than one, make sure they are far enough apart and not too close to buildings. Keep in mind, citrus seedlings take approximately 7-9 years of growth to flower, so consider planting a more mature tree for quicker results. Fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, and citrus specifically is high in vitamin C. Growing your own citrus at home has many benefits!
Mahogany trees serve a purpose for shade and ornamental reasons. They thrive in very warm climates and are native to South Florida. On average they grow to be about 50 ft in height. Additionally, moths and bees love its flowers and assume the role of pollinating them. Mahogany trees are on Florida’s endangered species list and planting your own attributes to repopulation.
Also known as the Japanese plum, the loquat is a small tree that has thrived in Florida since the late 19th century. It only reaches 25 feet, making it an excellent choice for small yards and tight spaces. It blooms fragrant flowers from October through February; fruit is able to be harvested come springtime. Loquats are sweet and juicy, and there are numerous varieties with a range of flavors.
Commonly draped in Spanish moss, the live oak is quintessential when visualizing the South. If you are looking for the ultimate provider of shade or a sufficient source for wildlife food & shelter, then this tree is a great choice. Its very wind-resistant and withstands hurricane season. According to University of Florida botanist Francis Putz, a single live oak can add up to $30,000 value to your property.
Two species of maple trees that do well in Florida are the red maple and Florida maple. The red maple sports vibrant red foliage, while the Florida maple gives more muted yellows and oranges. The colors bring a tinge of the fall season feel down to Florida where the only season we experience is summer, typically. The maple tree drastically varies in size from just a few inches all the way to 100+ ft. If planted in the most optimal conditions, one could live for 300 years or more.
Magnolias can have many shapes & sizes. The most common in Florida is the southern magnolia tree, which can grow from 60-90 ft in height. In Chinese culture, the magnolia tree is a symbol for purity and nobility. It is said that its components can serve many holistic health benefits. Magnolia trees are well-known for fragrant flowers in shades of white and pink.
The crape myrtle is arguably the most popular and beautiful flowering tree in Florida. It is often called “the lilac of the South” and its large blooms can last for up to 100 days. Known characteristics include being tough, adaptable, and showy. Crape myrtles can be one of the most pest-free landscape plants in the sense that they provide food for the good bugs that feed on harmful bugs, as well as attract & provide for pollinating bees.
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