What Is A Good Small Tree For A South Florida Landscape?

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I live in st lucie county and would like to plant a small flowering tree in my backyard. The soil is not great but does seem to drain well. What would you suggest.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Lorrine-It looks as though your location in Florida was upgraded from hardiness zone 9b to 10a a couple of years ago. You mentioned you would like a small flowering tree. Do you have any height or width requirements? Will this tree be growing in full sunlight all day or possibly some shade or filtered light? I noted some links below to some trees you might like looking at. Just click on the links to go directly to the plant files to see pictures and characteristics of the trees. All these trees should do well in your location and are popular trees with many in southern Florida. Depending on how small a tree you are looking for there are several large shrubs that can be pruned up to make beautiful small trees also. Once we know how small a tree you are looking for we can add to the list I am giving you. The plant files will give you the mature height and width of the tree so you can decide if they will meet your desires. I picked trees at this time that will normally stay less than 15 to 20 feet in height. Some of these can be grown as small trees or large shrubs and could be kept at 8 to 10 feet in height.

Crape Myrtle

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/213/Trees/Tuscarora-Crape-Myrtle.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/214/Trees/Tonto-Crape-Myrtle.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/216/Trees/Dynamite-Crape-Myrtle.html

Magnolia

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/234/Trees/Little-Gem-Magnolia.html

Cassia

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/3916/Trees/Desert-Cassia.html

Dwarf Poinciana

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2811/Perennial-Plants/Red-Bird-Of-Paradise.html#

Jatropha

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/3158/Shrubs/Spicy-Jatropha.html

Fragipani

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/3247/Trees/Plumeria.html

Chaste Tree

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/4171/Trees/Delta-Blues-Chaste-Tree.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/176/Trees/Shoal-Creek-Chaste-Tree.html

Orange Geiger Tree

http://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/geiger-tree.html

http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/CordiaSebestenaOrangeGeigerTree.pdf

Crape Jasmine

http://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/crape-jasmine.html

Hibiscus

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1256/Perennial-Plants/Andersons-Double-Pink-Tropical-Hibiscus.html

http://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/hibiscus-tree.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/4064/Tropical-Plants/Brilliant-Red-Hibiscus.html

A well draining soil is beneficial for most of these plants. Amendments to the soil can always be added if need be when planting.
Below is a link to an article that can help you with the planting of a tree.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/280/How-To-Info/Planting/How-To-Plant-A-Tree/default.html

Hopefully this will help.

John)



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