Here are some of the most common trees for Central Florida landscaping.
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia species) has become a dominant landscape plant in north and central Florida and throughout the south. Breeding programs over the last 30 years have produced superior forms with a wide range of plant sizes and habits, improved flowering, new flower colors, ornamental bark, ornamental foliage, disease resistance and increased vigor.
Considered one of the Staples of the Florida landscapes. Can be a very formal centerpiece to any landscape. Once trimmed to desired shape upkeep is minimal.
Live oak is a large spreading tree of the lower Coastal Plain from southeastern Virginia to southern Florida and to southern Texas. It normally grows in low sandy soils near the Coast but also occurs in moist rich woods and along stream banks.
Magnolia has a compact and pyramidal growth habit and is evergreen. This cultivar does not produce as many flowers as most; the flowers are like most Southern Magnolias, creamy white globe shaped with fantastic fragrance. The leaves on D.D. Blanchard Magnolia are unique, the tops are shiny green like other Magnolias but the backs are a rusty almost orange color. A striking tree for any landscape. It can reach up to 50 feet tall with a 25-30′ spread at maturity.
Because of Slash Pine’s rapid growth, it is used to stabilize soil and makes a decent tree as long as you have the room for it. These Trees get BIG.