A List of 17 Hardy Florida Shade Trees for Shade Shelter and Beauty

Common NameHeightLightFlower/SeasonComments
Bald Cypress80′SunInconspicuousSlow to medium growing native deciduous conifer, grows in or near water, hardy
Cherry Laurel35′SunWhite/SpringBroadleaf evergreen, berries attractive to birds.   Native/hardy
Green Ash50′SunInconspicuousFast growing, hardy
Water Ash50′SunInconspicuousDeciduous, fast growing, hardy native
Chapman Oak35′SunInconspicuousDeciduous, slow growing, hardy native
Laurel Oak60′Sun, partial shadeInconspicuousSemi-evergreen oak, hardy native
Live Oak60′Sun, partial shadeInconspicuousLong-lived broadleaf evergreen, hardy, native   oak
Pin Oak75′SunInconspicuousEvergreen, medium growing, hardy oak
Shumard Red Oak80′SunInconspicuousEvergreen, medium growing, hardy oak
Turkey Oak45′SunInconspicuousDeciduous, slow growing, hardy native
Water Oak80′SunInconspicuousNative, fast growing, hardy
Magnolia90′Sun, partial shadeWhite/SummerBroadleaf, hardy native evergreen
Redbud30′Partial shadeRed/SpringDeciduous, hardy native
Red Maple40′Sun, partial shadeRed/SpringRapid growing, hardy native deciduous tree, red flowers, fruit in spring; yed or yellow foliage in fall.
Slash Pine60′SunInconspicuousFast growing, hardy, native,   deciduous tree.  Plant in groups for best shade.
Sweet Gum80′Sun, partial shadeInconspicuousFast growing, hardy, native   deciduous tree.
Sycamore90′SunInconspicuousFast growing, hardy, native   deciduous tree.  Cream and brown colored bark.

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Shade Trees Considered Invasive in Florida

Please Avoid Planting or Cultivating the Trees Listed Below:

Schefflera

Australian Pine

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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 AgricultureThe Florida Department of AgricultureThe Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council and various Florida counties.  Some Florida counties have regulations against planting and growing these trees.

Source: WATERWISE: SOUTH FLORIDA LANDSCAPES – PLANT GUIDE – TREES

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