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Choosing the Right Tree - Our Tree Facts

What tree is best for you?

Always trust the Live Oak! Probably the most popular tree of the south, the Live Oak is magnificent, gives wonderful shade, reduces the temperature under it by at least 10 degrees, is strong in hurricanes, and has incredible longevity. It beautifies every landscape and is a ‘must have’ tree. Our Southern Live Oaks or the beautiful Cathedral Live Oaks are available in a variety of sizes to fit any space and every landscape. Want something unique and different? Consider the rarely seen in the south, Cedrus Deodara ‘Patti Faye’. This is a northern looking tree that has a gorgeous blue color every time it flushes; it’s like having a Christmas tree all year long. Similar to a blue spruce, this tree will stand out in any landscape, but is limited mainly to hardiness zones 9-10 (generally Central Florida, north to South Carolina and west to Texas). See the map below for your hardiness zone.

hardiness zone map

Another evergreen tree to consider is the outstanding Magnolia tree. With two cultivars to choose from, you can have a very different look. The DD Blanchard with its glossy green leaves and saddle brown velvet soft backs give a very rich look to your landscape. For smaller areas we offer the super easy to grow, Alta Magnolia. They have a similar look but are smaller in size and leaf shape and are very dense, making them suited for either a hedge or a special tree in your yard. Both have the aromatic huge white flowers. All our Magnolia trees are mature enough to flower every year.

What Size Tree?

Live Oaks are measured by their trunks and the caliper inch. For a Live Oak tree that is 4” in caliper or smaller the measurement is taken at 6” up from the ground. There the circumference is measured. Tree’s larger than 6” in caliper are measured 12” up the trunk from the ground. How tall is a 4” caliper tree? The following is a general standard for Live Oaks:
Caliper Height Width (or canopy spread)
3" 11'-14' 4'-6'
4" 14'-22' 8'-12'
5" 18'-24' 10'-15'
6" 20'-26' 10'-16'
7" 24'-28' 16'-20'
8" 24'-30' 16'-21'
9" 25'-30' 16'-21'
10" 26'-36' 18'-22'

9" Caliper Cathedral Live Oak

Facts About Our Trees

Based on the trees we carry, here on some recommended trees for many common needs:

  • Height — If you’re looking for a tall tree, you can’t go wrong with the majestic Live Oak. They can reach nearly 60’ feet in height. Some magnolias can also reach 60-80’ feet. The DD Blanchard is the taller of the magnolias and the Alta magnolia is smaller and denser. The Winged Elm can reach heights of 70’ feet followed by the Cedrus Deodara at 40–60’ feet and the Florida Flame Red Maple at 40-50’.
  • Canopy Spread — The largest canopy by far would be the Live Oak tree, whose canopy can reach up to 120 feet, providing plenty of deep shade for your landscape. The Cedrus Deodara can have a width of 20-30’ and the Florida Flame Red Maple with a spread of 25-30’ also makes a wonderful shade tree.
  • Form or Shape — The Live Oak is a sprawling picturesque tree. The Cedrus Deodara is tall and shaped much like a Christmas tree, perfect for the back of a landscape. The Florida Flame Red Maple has a round shape and can provide large amounts of shade. The Winged Elm has a sweeping, swaying look to the branches.
  • Growth Rate — The Live Oak and Cedrus Deodara are a slow to medium growing tree, growing 1-2 feet a year. The Magnolia tree grows 13-26 inches a year and the Florida Flame Red Maple has a fairly rapid growth rate. The Winged Elm is a fast-growing tree and the Eagleston Holly has a medium growth rate.
  • Sun, Soil and Moisture — Live Oak trees do well in all soils, including moist acid soil, alkaline soil, sand, loam or clay and they also are adaptable to drought. The Florida Flame Red Maple and Winged Elm will also do well in most soil types and the Cedrus Deodara needs good drainage. The Cedrus Deodara does best in full sunlight and the Winged Elm does well in full sunlight to partial shade.
  • Temperature Ranges — Most of the trees we sell grow well in the Southeastern United States, or zones 8-10.

Consider a Full Grown Tree

The concept of ‘instant gratification’ is an idea that everyone wants but it doesn’t always happen that way, especially when it comes to growing trees. However, at Nature Coast Tree Corp. we can do all the growing for you and you can have your ‘instant gratification’ by purchasing a mature tree that we have been growing for over 10 years. The trees will look like they have been there for years, maybe decades. Your landscape will look finished. You will not wait 5, 10 or 15 years or more for that tree to provide real shade or provide your grandkids a tree they can actually climb on. Not only do we have full grown Live Oaks that are as tall as 35’ we also have beautiful Magnolias and the Cedrus Deodara trees that are as much as 30’ tall.

You don’t have to wait years and years to grow trees when you can purchase a fully grown tree and get the size you want here at Nature Coast Tree Corp. farm.