According to the International Society of Arboriculture, "When you buy a high quality tree, plant it correctly, and treat it properly, you and your tree will benefit greatly in many ways for many years. [But} when you buy a low quality tree, you and your tree will have many costly problems even if you take great care in planting and maintenance."
Selecting your tree is the most critical decision you will make in its lifetime. Your goal should be to select the right tree for its location and purpose, choosing a specific tree that is healthy, hardy and attractive, and preferably one that is Florida-friendly but at least not invasive. The following pages show you how.
You can also get a copy of our Homeowners & Trees brochure. Click on the picture here, or call (954) 828-8000 to request a printed copy.
Packed with information sortable by region, and including a fun Tree Wizard quiz, the Foundation's website is a great first stop for selecting your trees.
The ISA offers a number of tools to help you select trees. This map, developed with data from the National Climatic Data Center shows how very unique our growing area is versus the rest of the nation. South Florida is part of Region 10. From this page, you can connect to a listing of trees for our region.
Originally published in FPL's Landscape Planning booklet, this is a concise, but thorough listing of how to select a tree, trees to avoid, and trees to consider. The common and botanical names of the trees are given, as well as information on growth rate, size, salt and drought tolerance, flowers and fruits and more. Over 50 trees which grown in the South Florida region are presented.