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Top 3 Most Popular Landscape Plants in Florida

American Beautyberry


American beautyberry is a native Florida plant with floppy branches covered in bright green leaves.

Plant basics:

Growth habit: Shrub

Where it grows in Florida: Whole state (hardiness zones 8a-10b)

Size at maturity: 3-8 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide

Duration: Perennial

Foliage: Deciduous in North Florida and evergreen in South Florida

Sunlight Needs: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Preferences: Grows best in loam soil high in organic matter but also tolerates nutrient-poor sandy soils

Water Needs: Water 1 inch per week when there’s no rain and skip weeks with rainfall

Hazards: Non-toxic and no safety hazards



In April or May, these flowering shrubs are absolutely covered with pink or white blossoms, and there are less common varieties available in blue, yellow, red, and other colors. Unfortunately, South Floridians don’t get to enjoy these beauties because they don’t do well in extreme heat.

Plant basics:

Growth habit: Shrub

Where it grows in Florida: North and Central (hardiness zones 8a-9b)

Size at maturity: Up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, depending on the species

Duration: Perennial

Foliage: Some species are evergreen and some are deciduous

Sunlight needs: Partial shade

Soil preferences: Acidic soil that drains well

Water needs: Water only when the top few inches of soil dry out (usually two or three times a month in cooler weather and up to twice a week during summer)

Hazards: Toxic to people and pets if ingested

Crape myrtles


Crape myrtles come in all shapes and sizes because there are many different cultivars, from full-size trees that grow up to 30 feet tall to dwarf varieties that are more like small shrubs. They produce beautiful fluffy-looking flowers that are usually pink but also can be different shades of red, purple, or white. Blooms first appear in July and sometimes stay until the first frost of winter.

Plant basics:

Growth habit: Tree or shrub

Where it grows in Florida: Whole state (hardiness zones 8a-10b)

Size at maturity: Anywhere from 2-30 feet tall and 2-15 feet wide depending on the variety

Duration: Perennial

Foliage: Deciduous

Sunlight needs: Full sun

Soil preferences: Tolerates most soil types as long as they have good drainage

Water needs: Water deeply once per week, maybe twice per week in summer if you find the soil dries out quickly

Hazards: Non-toxic and no safety hazards

Reprinted from Original Author: Jordan Ardoin


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