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Pick Up & Grow – Tree Species

Pick Up & Grow offers applicants a variety of Florida native trees 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 3-gallon containers and must be picked up from the CG Tree Nursery.
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Bald cypress

A stately deciduous conifer that is tall and pyramidal in shape. Adapts well to wet and dry conditions.

  • Mature height (max) – 50-70 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 20-50 Feet
  • Foliage – Deciduous
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Regular water, well-drained soil

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

Live oak

Gorgeous canopy tree with impressive branches. Fast-growing and 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

A slow-growing, sturdy tree with a dense rounded crown and shiny, leathery leaves. Great shade 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

Sand Pine

Slow-growing evergreen with the ability to thrive in almost any soil (well adapted for sandy soils as the name implies).

  • Mature height (max) – 20-50 Feet
  • Mature height (max) – 15-25 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full sun
  • Moisture requirement – Well-drained soil, drought tolerant

Short-leaf fig

Semi-deciduous fig tree, native to Florida and naturally found in tropical hammocks throughout south Florida. Tall/broad shade tree. Berries attract birds and wildlife (not for human consumption).

  • Mature height (max) – 30-70 Feet
  • Mature width (max) – 30-50 Feet
  • Foliage – Semi-deciduous
  • Flowers – Inconspicuous
  • Sun exposure – Full 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

Soldierwood

Medium-sized tree with an attractive canopy of feathery, compound leaves and vibrant pink to purple flowers. Berries attract birds and other wildlife.

  • Mature height (max) – 10-20 Feet
  • Mature height (max) – 10-20 Feet
  • Foliage – Evergreen
  • Flowers – Yellow, year-round flowering
  • Sun exposure – Full to part sun
  • Moisture requirement – Low moisture, drought tolerant

Sweetbay magnolia

Late-blooming, with fragrant, creamy-white flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. Beautiful small to medium tree.

  • Mature height (max) – 10-20 Feet
  • Mature height (max) – 10-20 Feet
  • Foliage – Deciduous
  • Flowers – Fragrant, creamy white/pale yellow
  • Sun exposure – Full sun to partial sun
  • Moisture requirement – Regular water, well-drained soil

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