Native Plants

Native plants are plants that are natural to the environment. These plants have adapted to survive in the local climate and to resist local threats. The results of all those natural adaptations are plants that are better for the ecosystem, require less maintenance, and balance the environment.      


Scrub Palmetto (Sabal etonia)

Miami Palmetto (Sabal miamiensis)

Cabbage Palm (Sabal palmetto)

Paurotis Palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii)

Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix)

Florida Thatch Palm (Thrinax radiata)

Silver Palm (Coccothrinax argentata)

Royal Palm (Roystonea regia)

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Buccaneer Palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii)

Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor)

Key Thatch (Leucothrinax morrisii)

Slash pine (Pinus elliottii)

Sand pine (Pinus clausa)

Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

Pond Pine (Pinus serotina)

Spruce pine (Pinus glabra)

Shortleaf/yellow Pine (Pinus echinata)

Native Palms

Estimated 2600 species of palm trees in the world, and only 12 of those species are native to Florida. 2 of those 12 species are endemic – these 2 palms are from Florida only – they don’t grow naturally anywhere else in the world.

Paurotis Palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii)

This is another fan palm and it likes to grow in clusters. Although the paurotis palm can reach 30 feet tall, it usually stops between 16 and 23 feet. The paurotis palm is also known as the Everglades palm because it grows in swampy areas and even in standing water. This Florida native palm tree is a protected species, it used to be plentiful in the Everglades but is now hard to find due to illegal harvesting.

Florida Palm Trees Cabbage Palm

(Sabal palmetto)
The cabbage palm it’s Florida's state tree, and one of its most iconic native palm trees. Unlike the fan palms on this list, the cabbage palm grows up to 65 feet tall and has a woody trunk with a canopy of fronds on top. The cabbage palm got its name because its inner core, called the heart of the palm, is edible and tastes like cabbage. Cabbage palms are mostly found growing in coastal areas and need hot and humid summers to thrive.

Florida Endemic Palm Trees

Scrub Palmetto (Sabal etonia)
Fan palm has a trunk that almost always grows underground. Thin stems grow from the underground trunk and have a wide, singular frond on top. It grows to be 5-10 feet tall and puts out showy white flowers during spring and early summer. It produces 2 clusters of flowers at a time.

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Featured in Florida Design 2019 Issue Christopher Cawley Landscape Architecture’s Pinetree Estate is featured in the 2019 Issue of Florida Design Magazine.