Tropical Trees

Tropical Trees FOR SALE

Tropical trees are those native to the earth’s tropical zone, between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn (23.5° N and S latitudes). The Tropic of Cancer passes just north of Cuba. Average monthly temperatures in the tropical lowlands are 64°F or more. Because tropical trees have no natural frost tolerance, short or prolonged cold spells can cause leaf damage and even plant death. Most tropical trees are evergreen or briefly deciduous. Tropical trees are commonly used for landscaping in subtropical areas like Florida, with a minor risk of frost damage; frost frequency and severity decrease from north to south. It is wise to select tropical trees in relation to local climate, attempting to match the native and exotic environments to the extent possible and to choose trees known to thrive over several hardiness zones.

For example, in the northern half of Florida, tropical trees suitable for hardiness zones 8 and 9 are best.

These include Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana); the colorful Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius); Powder Puff (Calliandra surinamensis): the bright blooms of Christa-galli (Erythrina crista-galli) and the charming Mickey Mouse Tree (Ochna serrulata).

In the southern half of Florida, tropical trees known to grow well in zones 10 and 11 are advised.

A few recommendations include the lovely White Orchid Tree with its wing like leaves (Bauhinia variegata); Bridal Veil (Caesalpinia granadillo) having delicate evergreen leaves; the Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata), which bears highly aromatic yellow flowers; Pink Kopsia (Kopsia fruticosa) with its star-shaped pink flowers and Willow Bustic (Sideroxylon salicifolium) with its handsome foliage and showy creamy yellow flowers.

Planting sites are important, to provide tropical species as much protection as possible from winter outbursts of cold northern air, by locating them on the south side of buildings, walls and windbreaks, also in an enclosed courtyard or patio. Some tropical trees are suitable for growth in containers and moved indoors during the cooler months.

Treeworld has a wide choice of tropical trees, including those mentioned above, from which to select the best plants for landscaping any residential, commercial or public location.

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Scientific NameCommon NameColorSizeFormLeaderHeightSpreadTrunk DiameterSalt ToleranceDrought Tolerance
a
Acacia farnesiana (syn. Vachellia farnesiana) 100 Gal Sweet Acacia, Needle Bush
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 16' + 8' 4" HIGH HIGH
Acacia farnesiana (syn. Vachellia farnesiana) 25 Gal Sweet Acacia, Needle Bush
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10' 5' 1 1/2' HIGH HIGH
Acacia farnesiana (syn. Vachellia farnesiana) 65 Gal Sweet Acacia, Needle Bush
65 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14' + 6' - 8' 3' HIGH HIGH
Acacia farnesiana (Vachellia farnesiana) 50 Gal Sweet Acacia, Needle Bush
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12'+ 6' 2' - 3' HIGH HIGH
b
Bauhinia variegata candida (syn. Phanera variegata) 100 Gal White Orchid
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 16'+ 8' 3'+ MODERATE HIGH
Bauhinia variegata candida (syn. Phanera variegata) 25 Gal White Orchid
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10' - 12' 5' - 6' 2'+ MODERATE HIGH
Bauhinia variegata candida (syn. Phanera variegata) 50 Gal White Orchid
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14' 6' 3' MODERATE HIGH
BRACHYCHITON ACERIFOLIUS FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA
200 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 20'+ 10' 6' - 8' LOW MODERATE TO HIGH
BRACHYCHITON ACERIFOLIUS 100 Gal FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 16'+ 6' - 8' 6'+ LOW MODERATE TO HIGH
BRACHYCHITON ACERIFOLIUS 15 Gal FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA
15 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10' 5' 2' LOW MODERATE TO HIGH
BRACHYCHITON ACERIFOLIUS 25 Gal FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' - 14' 5' - 6' 3' - 3 1/2' LOW MODERATE TO HIGH
BRACHYCHITON ACERIFOLIUS 50 Gal FLAME TREE, ILLAWARRA
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14'+ 6' - 8' 4' - 5' LOW MODERATE TO HIGH
c
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO BRIDAL VEIL
300 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 18'+ LOW MODERATE
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO 100 Gal BRIDAL VEIL
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 16'+ 8' - 10' 3' - 3 1/2' LOW MODERATE
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO 15 Gal BRIDAL VEIL
15 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 8' 5' 1' LOW MODERATE
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO 200 Gal BRIDAL VEIL
200 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 18' - 20' 10'+ 4' LOW MODERATE
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO 25 Gal BRIDAL VEIL
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 8' - 10' 5' - 6' 1 1/4' - 1 1/2' LOW MODERATE
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO 50 Gal BRIDAL VEIL
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' 6' - 8' 2' - 2 1/2' LOW MODERATE
CAESALPINIA GRANADILLO 65 Gal BRIDAL VEIL
65 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' - 14' 8' 2 1/2' LOW MODERATE
CALLIANDRA SURINAMENSIS, HAEMATOCEPHALA, PORTORICENSIS 100 Gal PINK, RED, WHITE POWDER PUFF
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14' - 16' 8' 3'+ LOW HIGH
CALLIANDRA SURINAMENSIS, HAEMATOCEPHALA, PORTORICENSIS 25 Gal PINK, RED, WHITE POWDER PUFF
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 8 - 10' 5' - 6' 1 1/2' LOW HIGH
CALLIANDRA SURINAMENSIS, HAEMATOCEPHALA, PORTORICENSIS 50 Gal PINK, RED, WHITE POWDER PUFF
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10' - 12' 6' - 8' 2' LOW HIGH
CANANGA ODORATA 100 Gal YLANG YLANG TREE, CANANGA TREE
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14' - 16' 8' 4' + MODERATE MODERATE
CANANGA ODORATA 25 Gal YLANG YLANG TREE, CANANGA TREE
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10'+ 5' - 6' 2' - 2 1/2' MODERATE MODERATE
CANANGA ODORATA 50 Gal YLANG YLANG TREE, CANANGA TREE
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' - 14' 6' - 8' 2 1/2' - 3' MODERATE MODERATE
e
ERYTHRINA CRISTA-GALLI 25 Gal CRISTA-GALLI, CORAL TREE
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE HIGH
k
KOPSIA FRUTICOSA 25 Gal PINK KOPSIA
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 6' - 8' 5'+ 1 1/2' HIGH MODERATE
KOPSIA FRUTICOSA 7 Gal PINK KOPSIA
7 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 5' 3' 1' HIGH MODERATE
o
Ochna serrulata (syn. Diporidum serrulatum) 15 Gal Mickey Mouse Tree, Bird's Eye Bush
15 Gal MULTI TRUNK MULTI 6' 4' BUSH - -
s
Sideroxylon salicifolium (syn. Dipholis salicifolia) 25 Gal Willow Bustic, White Bully
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10' - 12' 4' - 5' 1 1/2' HIGH HIGH
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