Hardy deciduous trees and what makes them great for Florida
Because they range in size, form and color, the hardy deciduous trees that shed their leaves each fall before going dormant in winter are a great option for adding visual interest to a landscape. By definition, the word “deciduous” means “tending to fall off,” and hardy deciduous trees shed the parts of their structure, their leaves, that are no longer needed for their survival during the winter season. Typically these giant, flowering trees have wide, flat leaves characteristic to broad-leafed trees. They are also often rounded in shape, with branches that spread out over their growth period. Their flowers turn into seeds and fruit, and the trees thrive best in areas with a mild, wet climate. However, they also fare very well in areas prone to wet and dry seasons.
Despite not having what some areas of the country might consider a true “fall” season, Northwest Florida has a number of hardy deciduous trees. As their name implies, they shed their foliage in autumn and winter and are very tolerant to the local weather conditions, even high heat and periods of drought. For homeowners in Northwest Florida, having hardy deciduous trees as a part of the landscape helps ensure that, even though they might ultimately lose their foliage later in the year, their tolerance of the conditions brings them back to their full beauty during their growing season.
When positioned properly on a property, hardy deciduous trees also offer shade from the sun and insulation against the wind, which bears directly on the cost of energy during the year. In addition to being beautiful, many types of deciduous trees also reduce the threat of soil erosion. This is especially beneficial in areas prone to soil erosion due to water or wind.
Common types of deciduous trees
Types of hardy deciduous trees common to Northwest Florida include:
- Chickasaw Plum
- Chinese Fringetree
- Eastern Redbud Red Leaf
- Flatwoods Plum
- Japanese Blueberry
- Ogeechee Tupelo
- Purple Leaf Plum
- Shoals Creek Chastetree
- Silky Camellia
- Star Magnolia
- Trident Maple
- Water Elm
- White Fringetree
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Deciduous Tree Care
Fall is the best time to plant hardy deciduous trees, as doing so allows them ample time for acclimating before the arrival of hot and dry weather. Many deciduous trees require pruning in order to thrive, and knowing the pruning needs of each particular tree is crucial in helping them maintain their health and reach their full growth potential. Early spring fertilization is also recommended for giving deciduous trees a seasonal boost, which often encourages the growth of abundant blooms on flowering varieties. For best results, provide the trees with an ample supply of water during dry spells – especially in the case of newly planted deciduous trees – and check regularly for signs of pest infestation or disease.
As outdoor experts, the team of highly trained landscape technicians and designers at Executive Landscaping, Inc. has years of knowledge in selecting, installing and maintaining hardy deciduous trees and knowing how to best incorporate them into a landscape design. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, no matter the size or type of project, and our clients rely on our abilities in bringing their vision for their property to life. Creating a unique design that showcases the beauty of their landscape is always our top priority, and our standard of excellence has kept us at the top of the industry.
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