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Last Update 06/03/08

Recommended Shade Trees for Florida

 Hardy Florida Shade Trees for Shade Shelter and Beauty

Shade Tree

Shade Trees Considered Invasive in Florida

Please Avoid Planting or Cultivating the Trees Listed Below:

Schefflera

Australian Pine

Suckering Australian Pine

Bishopwood

Chinese Tallow

Earleaf Acacia

Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana)

Camphor Tree

Seaside Mahoe

Chinaberry

Melaleuca

Carrotwood

The trees listed above are considered non-native invasives by the The U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Florida Department of Agriculture, The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council and various Florida counties.  Some Florida counties have regulations against planting and growing these trees.

SourcesXeriscape Plant Guide II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Name Height Light Flower/Season Comments
Bald Cypress 80' Sun Inconspicuous

Slow to medium growing native deciduous conifer, grows in or near water, hardy

Cherry Laurel 35' Sun White/Spring Broadleaf evergreen, berries attractive to birds.   Native/hardy
Green Ash 50' Sun Inconspicuous Fast growing, hardy
Water Ash 50' Sun Inconspicuous Deciduous, fast growing, hardy native
Chapman Oak 35' Sun Inconspicuous Deciduous, slow growing, hardy native
Laurel Oak 60' Sun, partial shade Inconspicuous Semi-evergreen oak, hardy native
 
Live Oak 60' Sun, partial shade Inconspicuous Long-lived broadleaf evergreen, hardy, native   oak
Pin Oak 75' Sun Inconspicuous Evergreen, medium growing, hardy oak
Shumard Red Oak 80' Sun Inconspicuous Evergreen, medium growing, hardy oak
Turkey Oak 45' Sun Inconspicuous Deciduous, slow growing, hardy native
Water Oak 80' Sun Inconspicuous Native, fast growing, hardy
Magnolia 90' Sun, partial shade White/Summer Broadleaf, hardy native evergreen
Redbud 30' Partial shade Red/Spring Deciduous, hardy native
Red Maple 40' Sun, partial shade Red/Spring Rapid growing, hardy native deciduous tree, red flowers, fruit in spring; yed or yellow foliage in fall.
Slash Pine 60' Sun Inconspicuous Fast growing, hardy, native,   deciduous tree.  Plant in groups for best shade.
Sweet Gum 80' Sun, partial shade Inconspicuous Fast growing, hardy, native   deciduous tree.
Sycamore 90' Sun Inconspicuous Fast growing, hardy, native   deciduous tree.  Cream and brown colored bark.
 
  

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