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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.

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!