Rare Trees

Rare Trees FOR SALE

Rarity among trees is a twofold proposition, depending upon whether it refers to wild or cultivated plants. In the wild, a tree may be rare because it naturally occurs in small numbers or populations; rarity in the wild may also be as a consequence of habitat loss. Rare trees often carry an international conservation classification as species threatened with extinction in the wild. A tree that is rare in cultivation may be so designated because a particular species is typically not in the nursery trade, often because it is poorly known; this circumstance may or may not relate to its status in the wild. In a few cases, a tree may be rare in the wild but a fairly common plant in cultivation. For example, the Spindle Palm (Hyophorbe verschaffeltii), native to the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, is endangered in the wild, but is a widely grown ornamental palm in the subtropics and tropics. Some individuals believe that in such a situation the loss of wild populations is not a serious matter, because of growth of the plant in gardens, parks and botanic gardens. However, it should be emphasized that only wild plant populations continue to evolve naturally, whereas that is not the case with cultivated plants. Rare trees can and do enhance a residential, commercial or public garden, because they call attention to the diversity and beauty of nature and hence are educational. Cultivating rare trees may be problematic, since there often is not in-depth information available about their growth requirements. But trial and error is a mainstay of scientific advancement and gardeners experimenting with rare trees can make a contribution. Examples of other rare trees from outside the USA are the Snake Tree (Fernandoa magnifica) from East Africa, which bears large dark green leaves and showy red flowers; the Coast Red Milkwood (Mimusops caffra), native to South Africa, with its attractive foliage and fruit and the Violet Tree (Polygala cowellii) a lovely purple flowering deciduous species endemic to Puerto Rico. More than a dozen native Florida trees or shrubs are considered as rare, either in the wild or in cultivation; including Locust Berry (Byrsonima lucida) which has handsome foliage and fruits; Cinnamon Bark (Canella winteriana) a small tree or shrub with broad landscaping applications; Black Torch (Erithalis fruticosa), an evergreen tree or shrub with attractive foliage and continuous flowering and fruiting and Bitterbrush (Picramnia pentandra) which has interesting foliage and colorful fruit.

Treeworld has a wide choice of rare 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
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DRYPETES LATERIFLORA 100 Gal MILK BARK, GUIANA PLUM
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' - 14' 6' - 8' 3' - -
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GUAIACUM SANCTUM 100 Gal FLORIDA LIGNUM VITAE, HOLYWOOD
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 10' - 12' 6' 2 1/2' + HIGH MODERATE TO HIGH
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Ocotea coriacea (syn. Nectandra coriacea) 50 Gal Lancewood, Torchwood
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 9' - 10' 6' 1 3/4' - 2' LOW HIGH
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Polygala cowellii (Syn. Phlebotaenia cowellii) 25 Gal Violet Tree
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 6' 3'+ 1 1/2' - MODERATE
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Triplaris cumingiana 100 Gal Long John, Ant Tree
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 16' - 18' 8' 4' LOW MODERATE
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