Best Types of Trees to Plant in Your Florida Back Yard

If you are looking for trees that would thrive in your Florida property, you’ve come to the right place. The sunshine state is home to over 4,700 plant species, so you will always find what suits your specific needs.

The team at Arborist Aboard, a leading Land O’ Lakes professional tree service company, explores some of the best types of trees in Florida to help you choose the right ones for your yard or garden. 

Bald Cypress

Bald cypress is a hardy deciduous conifer native to the southeastern United States. It can thrive in various soil types, including dry, wet, salty, and swampy. 

Thanks to its hardiness, it can live up to 600 years. Bald cypress can be a magnificent addition to your landscape. These trees can grow up to 150 feet high and 35 feet wide, with a pyramidal shape.

Their green needle-like leaves look great in winter when they change to a coppery yellow. 

Black Olive

If you live in Southern Florida and are looking for the best tree to plant on your property, black olive (Bucida buceras) is an ideal option. This spiny, slow-growing tree is native to Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean. According to some experts, the tree’s origins may have reached north to the Florida Keys.

Black olive trees thrive in salty soil, with roots growing straight down, meaning you can plant them near other plants and structures. Since the roots grow down, they stand firm and can withstand the strongest winds and storms.

Black olive can grow up to 40 feet high, and its thick and sturdy trunk is excellent for boat lumber. However, it doesn’t produce edible olives. 


Crabapples are among the best types of trees in Florida. They are native to cold- and cool-temperate regions of Asia and Russia. Also known as “jewels of the landscape,” these trees arrived in the U.S. in the 18th century and they maintain their beauty throughout the year. 

They enrich the aesthetics of gardens with their beautiful foliage and fragrant blossoms. Their green leaves cover the branches until spring when the pink or red buds blossom into aromatic hues of pink, red, or white. 

Crabapple trees are an excellent option if you live in North Florida and they can grow up to 25 feet tall. Depending on their variety, these trees produce small fruits that can be green, red, orange, or yellow. People often use these fruits in recipes. 

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia) encompasses about 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to northern Australia, Southeast Asia, and various parts of Oceania. Crepe myrtles are famous for being one of the most versatile landscaping plants for sunny areas, like Florida. 

You can use them as small-sized trees, medium-sized trees, shrubs, and ground cover thanks to their versatility. These low-maintenance trees are known for their spectacular floral displays, with bursts of pink, red, and white flowers. 

It’s worth noting that crepe myrtles often need protection against saline water even though they can withstand low-fertility soil, full sun, and other harsh elements. 

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It can be challenging to determine the types of trees in Florida that will thrive in your garden or yard. You may need to work with a professional to ensure you make the right choice.

If you need professional assistance with your trees, contact Arborist Aboard. We will also help if you need to learn more about professional tree removal. Call us at (813) 920-4410 today for your free estimate.


Arborist Aboard is owned and operated by an ISA Certified Arborist and a second-generation tree care professional. We take great pride in our work and the customers we serve, commercial and residential.

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