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The Importance of Tree Care

Trees are always a great investment. Not only are they good for the environment, but they can also add beauty to your landscape and value to your property. Trees provide us with oxygen as well as much needed shade during the summer and block winds during all seasons. Overall, trees are an asset to your home, however when neglected or improperly cared for, they can cause damage to your property and your pocket. Read along as we discuss the importance of tree care. 


When a tree is neglected and not given the proper care that it deserves, it can become damaged, leading to hazardous situations. As explained by the ISA, when a tree becomes hazardous it can lead to it failing. Meaning that the tree trunk can split causing it to fall to the ground, or the entire tree can become uprooted. As living organisms that grow in different environments, it can be difficult to determine when a tree may fail, which is why it is so important to give it the proper care to prevent injuries or property damage. If you feel that your tree needs some attention, we are your Pinellas County hazardous tree specialist. Trust that our experienced arborist can tackle any tree service you require. 

Tree Care

By implementing a proper tree care plan, you are contributing to the health and growth of your tree. Not only is a healthy tree gorgeous, but when cared for, can increase the value of your property. Services such as pruning and deep root fertilization are all recommended maintenance services that will ensure that your trees are in great health to live long and thrive. When needed, we can remove your dying trees to ensure that your home remains safe. 

We specialize in the trees that grow in Florida, count on us to provide yours with the proper care and attention they need.

If you are in Pinellas County call on The Palms Tree Service Inc. for all of your tree care needs. 

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The Best Shade Trees in Florida

Shade trees thrive from the Florida sun rays, while also cooling down your landscape to make your outdoor space more enjoyable. From the dense Chapman Oak to the tall and beautiful Live Oak, there are a plethora of tree specimens that are adaptable to Florida’s temperature and soil. Continue reading to find out more information on the different type of shades trees that are native to Florida!

Chapman Oak

Experts state the “Chapman Oak is abundant along the west coast of Florida from Tampa Bay north to Panama City. The largest known specimen grows in the Ocala National Forest east of Ocala, Florida.” Also known as the Quercus chapmanii, this tree grows about 15-20ft. tall and stays green from March until May. This oak can be found in sandy hills and coastal regions near the sea. It is drought tolerant and requires full sun, making it easy to manage if you need shade during the summer. The Chapman Oak’s dark leathery leaves and broad branches provides enough shade coverage for backyards and outdoor spaces.

Live Oak

South Florida’s native tree is the live oak tree, also called the quercus virginiana. This classic shade tree has deep roots that are perfect for hurricane-prone areas in Florida. The live oak is “known for its canopy shape and dramatic arching branches that reach out horizontally from the trunk. These branches have reach—and uplighting them creates a beautiful effect at night.” This tree is able to thrive with little care, since it can grow in acidic soil and full sun wherever you need it to be.

Swamp Chestnut Oak

A large tree with a compact, rounded crown and chestnut-like foliage, the swamp chestnut oak is known for its ornamental usage for shade and beauty. With its moderately dense coverage and thick trunk, this tree can tolerate most conditions such as swamps and floodplains. It grows best in moist soil and only requires partial shade. When the fall season approaches, its leaves turn different colors. The Swamp Chestnut Oak is long-lasting and slow growing, so you can enjoy this tree and its foliage for many years to come.


Planting a shade tree can be a great decision if you’re a Floridian resident. We recognize that growing shade trees around your property is beneficial in more ways than one, which is why you should take the time to schedule a tree service. Your shade trees deserve the best, so call on the arborists at The Palms Tree Service, Inc. for professional tree services today.

5 Types of Native Florida Trees For Your Yard

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your landscaping through the addition of trees? Let us help you make the right choice by offering these five types of native Florida trees for your home that not only offer a beautiful scenery for you and your family, but also enhance the curb appeal of your home.

*Note: If you’re specifically looking to plant palm trees in your yard for a classic beach vibe, check out our article where we discussed some of the popular types of palm trees to plant.

Live oak tree.
Live oak tree.

Live Oak

If you’re looking for a sturdy and shady tree to add value and protection from the hot Florida sun, live oaks (Quercus Virginiana) are an excellent option for you. These native Florida trees not only look stunning on properties across the state, with their canopy and arching branches, they can also provide some much appreciated defense against strong winds by acting as a windbreak.

Gumbo Limbo

Another hearty shade giving tree is the gumbo limbo (Bersera Simaruba) which offers a beautiful canopy appearance as well as being able to stand up to the high winds Florida offers. Based on how its red bark peels back like a sunburned tourist, the gumbo limbo is also jokingly known as the Tourist Tree.

Verawood or Bulnesia tree.
Verawood or Bulnesia tree.


When you’re searching for ways to increase the value of your home through landscaping, why not consider planting a bulnesia tree? Also known as Vera wood, these fast growing, flowering trees are amazing native plants to place in your yard. Producing attractive yellow flowers multiple times a year, this tree will be quite the centerpiece to your yard while providing refreshing shade for your summertime enjoyment.

Cassia Japonica

As an evergreen and Florida’s apple blossom tree, the cassia japonica offers homeowners the chance to have these alluring flowering trees provide a focal point to their landscaping designs. These trees are rather fast growing and with a range of cassia trees to choose from, you could also attract various types of butterflies to your yard.


Known for its red bark and delicate leaves, a mahogany tree (Swietenia Mahagoni) will be sure to add interest to your landscaping. While it’s an evergreen, mahogany trees do experience some leaf drop; however, you’ll never need to worry about losing out on the shade opportunities this tree produces. For those concerned with the environment and are eco-aware, choosing to plant mahogany also adds to its sustainability due to it being placed on the list of endangered tree species from logging.

Thoughts As you’re planning your landscaping goals, consider planting native Florida trees such as bulnesia or mahogany for both wind protection and amazingly refreshing shade in the summertime. If you find yourself needing help maintaining your trees, give the ISA certified and licensed arborist at The Palms Tree Service, Inc a call for a focused Florida tree service.

Popular Types of Palm Trees in Florida

When you think of Florida, the first thing you may think of is the abundance of palm trees it has to offer. And when you think of palm trees in Florida, you may think they are all the same, but you would be wrong. In fact, there are a multitude of different breeds of palm trees, some of which you may have never heard of. Read on for some of the many palm trees you will find in your everyday Florida landscape.

 Pygmy Date Palm

This type of palm tree is native to South China but is also one of the most widely used in the landscapes of Florida. Whether you want a palm tree for inside or outside, this is the perfect tree for small gardens due to the way it grows. This particular breed is slow growing and will only get to about 10ft tall over its lifetime. When planted in a group, the trees will all curve outward, making it visually appealing to the eye.

Foxtail Palm

This breed of palm tree is native to Australia. Its style offers one of the best foliage displays among palms. Due to its ease in maintenance, the Foxtail is one of the most popular palms in the Florida region. This outdoor style palm is fast growing and can grow to become as tall as 30ft. Not only that, but it also offers eight to ten leaves per palm, reaching close to six to ten feet wide.

Areca Palm

The Areca Palm, also known by names such as, Golden Cane, Yellow Butterfly, Madagascar, and Bamboo Palm, is a common landscaping palm. This particular palm can be placed indoors in containers or outdoors in your garden. It is for that reason that they have become so popular in Florida’s communities. Each growing season, the Areca Palms grow a whopping two or more feet. Not only that, but they can also grow up 20-25ft tall.

No matter what kind of palms trees you are looking for in Florida, you should be able to find them all. When they become unmanageable, you can count on our team at The Palms Tree Service Inc. to handle the trimming for you. With our years of hands-on experience, we know we will exceed your expectations.

The “Not So Obvious” Reasons for Tree Removal

Trees are an essential part of our lives. They offer more for us than just scenic beauty. And just like with all things nature, trees must be treated with the utmost proper handling and care. There are a variety of reasons people want to plant trees; whether it be to grow fruits and vegetables or bring life to their yards. But with the motive to plant trees, also come concerns to remove them. Read on to see the “not so obvious” reasons.

Structural Problems

Many factors can affect a tree that would prompt a person to have it removed, such as if a tree has structural problems like interior decay. Trees decay from the inside out and can lead to a failing foundation. Trees with structural defects can pose a huge danger to its surroundings. Dead branches can fall and cause harm to people and things around them, cracks and a leaning angle can lead to root and building damage, tipping risks and uplifted soil.

Too Large For Its Location

While large trees are usually a positive asset for shade and park hangouts, it can become a hazard if it grows too big for its location. Large trees that are too close to buildings may be a fire risk and cause damage to the building’s foundation. More concerns can occur if the tree’s roots extend beneath the ground causing pavements to rise making it difficult for people to walk on sidewalks. It can also create plumbing issues if the roots spread to the underground pipes. Another danger is its overgrown branches which can tangle with power lines and communication lines. When it comes to a tree too big for its worth, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and remove all potential dangers.


Insect Infestation

Small insects can make a huge impact. Most species are harmless to a tree but there are more than a few that can negatively affect a tree’s life. Insects can swarm a tree and attack certain areas to use for their nutritional or shelter needs. Some common insect infestations are caused by beetles, moths and wood-boring insects. Beetles break through the inner bark layer of a tree and interrupt its water distribution while moths stop the photosynthesis process by eating the leaves of the tree. Wood-boring insects dig deep into the wood weakening it and can introduce disease organisms, which can severely damage or kill the tree.

Insect Infestation


There are plenty of reasons for a tree removal service, but these are just some to help you understand that keeping a bad tree does more harm than good in the long run. Although trees are beautiful and attract wildlife, it’s important to consider the future of your property when it comes to safety. If you’re in need of tree removal, call on us at the Palm Tree Service Inc., for a professional consultation.

Five Kinds of Weird Trees

Without trees, life on Earth would be impossible; they make our air breathable, clean our water, and provide much-needed shade during the hot summer months. While all trees offer life-sustaining services and a kind of aesthetic beauty, some venture into the territory of looking just plain weird. The following are five bizarre trees that you have to see to believe.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus

This tree is found in the Pacific islands and is native to the Philippines. The interesting collage of colors is created when the outer layer of bark falls off, leaving the psychedelic subsurface on full display. If you’re impressed by the Rainbow Eucalyptus and want one for yourself, too bad! The strange coloration is not nearly as intense when the tree is moved from its natural habitat.  

Dragon’s Blood Tree

This tree is native to the Socotra archipelago, located in the Arabian Sea. Despite its ominous name, the Dragon’s Blood Tree is known for the mushroom-like shape of its exterior and gets its namesake from the red sap coursing beneath the bark. The roots of the Dragon’s Blood tree are cultivated for their astringent properties, used in toothpaste and even for treatment of rheumatism. In ancient Greece, people used the resin from Dragon’s Blood for many ailments including diarrhea, fevers, and wound healing.


These gorgeous, cathedral-esque trees are found primarily in the coastal forests of California. The Sequoias are commonly known as Redwood trees, and along with appearing like something out of a fantasy movie, they also hold the title as the largest and tallest family of trees in the world. Unfortunately, these 300-foot tall giants have been endangered due to deforestation. The majority of their population now resides in protected forests.

Joshua Trees

Joshua Trees (also known as Yucca Palms) are native to the American Southwest, and even have their own National Park in southern California. These peculiar individuals were named by Mormon pilgrims who thought the upward-bent branches resembled the biblical character of Joshua, raising his arms to the heavens. The Joshua Tree was used by these pilgrims for weaving baskets and sandals. They would also eat the seeds and flowers.

Pakistani Spider Trees

After a rash of catastrophic flooding in parts of Pakistan, millions of spiders fled to create their labyrinthine webs in these trees. While spooky-looking, the spider-infested trees have resulted in some positive effects in the area such as a drop of malaria cases due to the decrease in the mosquito population.


There are thousands of tree species in the world, and as with any family of organisms, some are more unique-looking than others. Thankfully due to preservation efforts around the globe, most of these wondrously bizarre trees are protected from aggressive deforestation. If you have questions about trees on your property, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at the Palm Tree Service Inc., our team is more than happy to help!

3 Common Diseases Your Tree Could Have

Taking proper care of your trees can become slightly more difficult when an undiagnosed disease is spreading through your garden. A diagnosis can be difficult to understand unless you are a plant pathologist. The key to prevention and control can be found in the ability to identify what exactly may be going on in your garden. Follow along with this month’s blog to read about the three most common types of tree diseases and how to control them!


If you are the owner of a sycamore tree, this may be the disease that is hindering your garden. Anthracnose is a type of fungi that lives on the leaves, flowers, fruits, or twigs of your sycamore. It can make home on a variety of different types of plants, but your sycamore is most at risk. A good way to tell if your tree is infected is to check out the surface of the leaves. If the anthracnose is claiming your tree as its host, you’ll be able to see a layer of the fungi growing on the leaves. While good sanitary practices are the best way to prevent and control fungi, once your tree has it, the best thing you can do it begin antifungal treatments.

Cedar Rusts

Hawthorn and crabapple trees are particularly at risk for cedar rust disease. Unlike other fungi that pick trees as their host, cedar rust is usually easy to spot. When the leaves have yellow and brown specs and spots, there’s a good chance that cedar rust has set in. This disease, depending on the host tree, can cause other growth setbacks. Prevention and control for cedar rusts includes more antifungal treatments.

Thousand Canker Disease

If you’re growing walnuts, this disease is something to look out for. Thousand canker disease is commonly found on walnut trees. While it was exclusively found in the Western United States, as of late it has been found working its way to the east. Unlike the other two previously mentioned diseases, canker disease is caused by the walnut twig beetle. The bug creates these cankers all along stems and branches. If you see little holes or spots that resemble a sore on your walnut tree, there is a good chance it’s suffering from thousand canker disease. Unfortunately, there are no chemical cures or control options for walnut twig beetles. It’s known that once your tree develops the cankers, it only has a few years left before it’s declined beyond production.


While many tree diseases are curable with an antifungal, there are some that are incurable. Keeping a close watch on your trees, including their leaves and branches, can help you spot a fungi quicker, which in return will allow for you to seek treatment sooner. For any other tree questions or concerns, visit The Palm’s Tree Service, Inc!

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