Florida is known for its beaches and abundance of sunshine, but it's also home to some gorgeous and luscious forests. Central Florida is home to some of the beautiful trees that inhabit these forests as well as some yards in neighboring homes. Here we will go over 5 of the most common trees found in Central Florida, and how to keep them neat and trimmed, so they're safe to enjoy all year round.
- Live Oak. This majestic tree is often seen in the background of many photo-op spots in Central Florida. The live oak is a tree that can get very, very, VERY large since it can grow up to 60 feet tall and stretch out to about 100 feet! That's a lot of branches. If you're lucky enough to have one or two of these in your yard, they can be a bit difficult to trim, so it's best to have a professional handle any branch trimming. This is an especially important task to do before hurricane season, as to avoid any broken branches crashing down on anything important.
- Bald Cypress. If you've ever been in a boat down one of the many canals and lakes in Central Florida, you've seen a few bare cypress trees. This specific type of cypress loves the water (specifically very wet soil) and provides a rest stop for turtles and even gators to soak up some sun. AS for this type of tree in your yard, it's a beautiful addition to a Florida lawn. It can thrive on dry soil as well as wet, so it does well in cities like Tampa just like in Mount Dora through the canals. The leaves shed during fall months and bloom again in the spring so trimming it isn't a constant bother.
- Florida Pines. Pine trees are a staple in a Florida forest, and there are many different kinds throughout the state. The three most important types being the loblolly pine, slash pine, and sand pine. The loblolly and slash pine can grow to incredible heights of over 100 feet tall, while the sand pine typically only gets to 25 feet. These are not the ideal trees for most yards considering they produce a lot of sticky sap and can drop a lot of cones as well. They're best kept in parts of the yard that is out of the way, possibly along a fence in the backyard. They provide a significant amount of shade, and the needles shed during winter months.
- Florida Maple. When you think maple trees, Florida isn't a known state for them. Well, Florida has two maple trees that are abundant throughout Central Florida; one being the red maple and the other known as the Florida maple. Both of these maple trees have crisp, warm, Autumn tones in their coloring and provide an exciting pop of color to wherever they are planted. Other maple trees don't fare so well in Florida due to not performing well in hot areas, and rapid growth from trees like the Silver maple is almost a nuisance for Florida gardeners to handle. This is another tree that should be adequately trimmed by professionals.
- Flowering Dogwood. This impressive flowering tree is one of the most popular trees native to the area. It can be grown with a single, but not simple, trunk; or it can grow many branches that will soon sprout lovely white flowers in the springtime. Come fall, the leaves turn a bright red, and there are red berries produced that native birds love. It's essential to prune the tree after it flowers. But make sure to do it before June, when new buds will begin to form!
There are so many beautiful types of trees throughout Florida, but some of the real beauty exists smack in the middle - right in Central Florida!