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A variety of Florida shade tree species are available to choose from.
Applicants can pick the species that will be the right tree for their property based on the planting site’s conditions (sun/shade/drainage, future growth potential, biodiversity, etc).
All trees come in 15-gallon containers and must be planted & maintained by recipient.
Submit an application for the Delray Drop Off Program!

Green buttonwood

A low-branching, multi-trunked, shrubby, evergreen, that is an excellent medium sized shade tree.

  • Mature height (max) – 25-40 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 20-30 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Well-drained soil, moderately drought tolerant

Gumbo limbo

Gumbo limbo is a great shade tree, known as the tourist tree for its reddish, peeling (“sunburned”) bark. Fast grower with large canopy. Excellent medium-sized tree.

  • Mature height (max) – 50 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 30 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full sun
  • Moisture requirement – Soil moist to dry

Kapok

Massive and majestic tree that can grow over 100 feet tall. White/pink flowers that bloom at night and pollinated by bats. Kapok is non-native, but ‘Florida Friendly’.
*OUT OF STOCK

  • Mature height (max) – 100+ Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 50 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full sun
  • Moisture requirement – Soil moist to dry

Live oak

Gorgeous canopy tree with impressive branches. Adaptable to different soil types. Excellent large shade tree (up to 80 ft).

  • Mature height (max) – 40-80 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 60-100 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Yellow-green, inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Moist to dry

Paradise tree

Beautiful canopy tree with distinct shiny leaves and inconspicuous flowers. Great medium size shade tree.

  • Mature height (max) – 25-40 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 15-30 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Yellow, creamy white
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Moist, well-drained soil

Pigeon plum

Fast-growing evergreen tree with small, whitish-green flowers. Excellent small to medium-sized tree for subtropical landscapes.

  • Mature height (max) – 15-30 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 15-25 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Whitish-green
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Moist, well-drained soil

Silver buttonwood

Excellent medium-sized, accent tree due to it’s distinct silvery leaves.

  • Mature height (max) – 15-20 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 15-20 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous, purplish/white
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Regular water, well-drained soil

Simpson’s stopper

Excellent small/medium-sized tree. Gets very bushy, ideal for making hedges and shrubs. White fragrant flowers that attract pollinators.

  • Mature height (max) – 10-20 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 15 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – White, semi-showy clusters, fragrant
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to light shade
  • Moisture requirement – Soil moist to dry, drought tolerant once established

Slash pine

Stately, heavily branched, long-needled conifer, that grows quickly. Excellent for wildlife.

  • Mature height (max) – 50-75 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 25-45 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous, yellowish
  • Sun exposure – Full to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Moist to dry soils

Wild tamarind

Also known as a False tamarind, this is moderately-fast growing tree has fern-like leaves, and  an umbrella canopy when mature, making it an ideal shade tree. Drought and salt tolerant once established.

  • Mature height (max) – 30-60 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 30-50 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – White, not showy
  • Sun exposure – Full to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Moist to dry soils

Avocado

The only fruit tree offered through the Drop Off Program. Avocados can be an excellent shade tree in addition to producing delicious fruit. Haas cultivar.
*OUT OF STOCK

  • Mature height (max) – 30-60 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 30-50 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Small, yellow clusters
  • Sun exposure – Full to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Moist

Applications Now Open

The Delray Residential Drop-off Program is made possible thanks to our Municipal Planting Partnership with the City of Delray Beach.