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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.