Environmental Landscape Management

Plant Selection: Trees

One of the basic tenets of an environmentally friendly landscape is selecting the right plant for the right place.  A well-planned landscape should be designed around plants which are adapted to the specific site that they will occupy.  The characteristics of a site, such as soil type, pH, drainage, light exposure etc., will dictate which plants will grow well and the level of care they may need.  A poorly sited specimen will never do well and may be prone to pest problems necessitating use of large amounts of pesticides.

There is a wealth of information available to help you choose plant material suited to your particular site - here are just a few.

Trees for South and Central Florida

Trees for South & Central FloridaIf you check a USDA climatic zone map for Florida, you will notice that Hendry County straddles zones 9 and 10.  These zones are not as exact as the map would indicate, in general it is warmer in the eastern and southern parts of the county, although there are many factors such as proximity to water which can create local micro-climates.  Remember plant hardiness zones are useful as a guide but do not replace a good gardener's common sense and local experience.

Ornamental Trees for South Florida - Trees are an indispensable part of the landscape. They give a home, street, or commercial site individuality, beauty, and tranquility. Because of their long life, trees give the surroundings a sense of permanence and stability.  Species should be well adapted to the site and satisfy the purpose for which it is intended. In Florida, the number and variety of trees are so great that the choice is not always simple.  Trees listed are some of the best choices for home landscaping, and all have proven suitable for planting in southern Florida.

Ornamental Trees for Central Florida - Tree selection is mainly a question of personal preference. This publication lists information about desirable trees for central Florida. Trees listed are some of the best choices for home landscaping, and all have proven suitable for planting in central Florida. No attempt has been made to include all trees that can be grown in central Florida.

Southern Trees - 680 Tree Fact Sheets - This comprehensive list provides a two to three page fact sheet on 680 southern trees including line drawings, general description, climactic and soil preference, pests and diseases and tips on management and use.

Enviroscaping to Conserve Energy: Trees for South Florida will help you choose one or more species best suited to your house and landscape.  The form, growth rate, shade tolerance, mature size, drought and salt tolerance as well as other useful information is noted for each tree.