Looking for the perfect tree that will hold up to Florida’s severe weather? Look no further. Here’s a short list of some of the best trees to enhance your property for years to come.
This little-known tree grows to about 40 to 50 feet. A native hardwood, it provides good shade and has demonstrated strong resistance to hurricane force winds. The tiny fragrant blooms and glossy leaves make it an attractive choice, but it should be planted at least 20 feet away from your house.
Canary Island Date Palm
These palms hold up well in strong winds. Despite a huge crown, they are some of the most stable large trees, growing up to 60 feet tall. They are know to have some pest problems and can be expensive. Experts suggest using them as focal points on large properties or at entrances of gated communities.
A large native tree that grows to about 50 feet, it has been called the most wind-tolerant shade tree for Florida. Some died when Hurricane Charley made landfall, but not far away they survived and started growing leaves three months after the storm. The roots need room to spread, and they can become unstable if planted on residential properties with small yards.
Pygmy Date Palm
One of the best trees for wind tolerance in Florida, it survived Hurricanes Andrew and Wilma and has fared well in winds up to 120 mph. It doesn’t need restaking or pruning. This slow-growing feather palm from southeast Asia reaches about 10 feet and comes with single or multiple trunks.
This tree has been known to tolerate winds of up to 145 mph. Because they are less attractive than other palms, some gardeners don’t think they are appropriate for front yards. Plant a few trees close together in back yards to protect plants underneath. They grow to about 50 feet and thrive in almost all conditions.
Source: Stormscaping by Pamela Crawford, Florida Data, An Online Encyclopedia of Landscaping Plants, Bedrock’s Guide to Landscape Plants and Native Florida Plants, Sun Sentinal, Best and Worst Trees.