Trees at Zone Ten

This is a photo album selection of some of the trees at Zone Ten along with background and cultural information. There are a lot of color photos on this page and it will take a couple of minutes to load completely, but you should be able to read the text while you wait for all the pictures to develop. These pages show plants we frequently carry but we may not have all of them all of the time.



Adansonia digitata - Baobab

A very difficult to find an unusual tree from Africa. May attain 50 feet in height, but the most striking feature is the enormously wide trunk. (Not suitable for small lots.) In Africa, one living tree has been hollowed out and used as a local jail. The spring/summer flowers are large, white, spectacular and very strange. Winter deciduous. Drought tolerance high. Full light. Easy to grow.










Beaucarnea recurvata (syn. Nolina recurvata)

Thee "Pony Tail Palm" is not a palm at all. It is a member of the Agave family and is native to Mexico. It is truly one of the most striking additions imaginable to your landscape collection. It usually does not exceed 15 feet in South Florida soils. Likes full to partial sun, average amounts of water and a well-drained soil. The base of the trunk becomes massively swollen as it grows, giving the plant an exotic appearance. The flowers are highly unusual as well.


Brachychiton acerifolius - Illiwara Flame Tree

Spectacular fast growing tree from east Australia grows to 40 feet.  It is deciduous in the winter time and brilliant red flowers appear in spring and summer. The base of the tree swells to a bottle shape when older.  Unusual leaf shape. It has high drought tolerance/ medium salt tolerance.  Zones 9-12



Calliandra haematocephalla  'alba'/ White Powderpuff

This plant can be grown as an attractive flowering tree to 15 feet if you are willing to keep up with the pruning. Otherwise, it makes an excellent screening shrub. Flower color varies from pinkish to red. The white form is a smaller plant with less dense foliage. Blooms fall through spring. From Bolivia. Zones 10-11.





Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang

a collector's favorite from Southeast Asia. A member of the Annonaceae family, this tree is related to the sugar apple and soursop and grows to about 40 or 50 feet in South Florida. It makes an outstanding specimen tree and is rather uncommon. It is grown primarily for the intensely fragrant flowers which are produced along the branches on and off throughout the year. The flowers, which are especially fragrant evening through morning, are actually used to manufacture perfume. Zones 10-11. Full sun. Resistant to pests and diseases.




Chorisia x hybridum - Pink Floss Silk Tree x Kapok

Few sites equal that of a Chorisia in full bloom. They sometimes start during late summer, but Chorisiafall is their time of glory. The strange, spiny trunk makes the tree look all that much more unusual. Fast-growing, with highly variable, lily-like flowers in various combinations of white, pink - often with purple to red striations on the petals. A large (45 feet), fast-growing tree for zones 10 and 11. Bombacaceae family. Drought tolerant. We believe that the trees we currently have are a natural hybrid cross between Chorisa speciosa and Ceiba Pentandra, the Kapok tree. They are still too young to bloom, but look like the silk floss and bear spines like that species.



Crescentia cujete - Calabash

Evergreen tree to 35 feet with medium growth rate which has unusual branching and produces gourd shaped fruits. From Mexico through Guatemala. Medium salt/ high drought tolerance. Zones 10-11



Filicium decipiens - Japanese Fern tree

This hard-to-find elegant shade tree bears unusual foliage and maintains a spherical crown. Medium growth rate. Zones 10 & 11. From Sri Lanka and southern India. See our specimen tree (NW corner of the outdoor display area.) Evergreen. It will eventually grow to about 30 feet in height.







Jatropha multifida - Coral Tree

A small, strange tree to about 15 feet from Central America.  Attractive, showy, deeply lobed foliage and scarlet terminal flowers on and off all year. Seeds are poisonous. Drought tolerant/ medium salt tolerance. Good container plant. Zones 10-12





Oroxylum indicum - Midnight Horror


Very unusual flowering tree to 40 feet with leaves to 5 ft. long and flower racemes to 5 ft. The reddish blooms resembling Kigella flowers hold copious nectar that attract bats in its native countries in Indo-Malaysia.  Seed pods are 2 ft. long resembling swords. Zones 10-12









Pachira aquatica - Guiana Chestnut; Provision Tree; Malabar Chestnut

This is a beautiful shade and flowering tree that is very under-utilized in South Florida. Ours flowers pretty much all year long and never drops its leaves. There is much confusion regarding this species in the literature. (See comments, above, in description of Bombax glabra.) This tree is an excellent choice for areas with very wet soil, but it does not require it. Roots will often flute and buttress in the wild, but usually not so much in local plantings. The tree should not be planted near a septic field, however. This is a spectacular and unusual shade tree with enormous flowers throughout the year. The fruit is edible - roasted like chestnuts or boiled as a vegetable.


Parkinsonia aculeata - Jerusalem Thorn Tree; Palo Verde

A medium small (about 25 in S. Florida) drought-tolerant flowering tree from Central America. Small, orchid-like yellow blossoms on and off all year, but heaviest in spring and summer. Zones 9-11. Delicate bonsai-like appearance. Full sun. Semi-deciduous.



Ceriefera parmentiara

A curious tree to 30 ft. and indigenous to Panama. Grown as an ornamental novelty. Long, waxy, yellow  fruits look like dinner candles and hang from the trunk. Makes a nice bonsai. White, cauliflorous flowers in the spring. Evergreen. Medium salt/ drought tolerance. Zones 10-11















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Plumeria rubra - Frangipani 

An unusual-looking small tree from Central America. It grows to about 20 feet and is deciduous during the winter months. Flowers are quite fragrant. We have available the yellow and rainbow-striped varieties. Apocynaceae family.





Pseudobombax ellipticum - Pink Shaving Brush Tree

Spectacular and showy with hot pink flowers in winter/spring - usually bare of leaves at that time. Deciduous but fast-growing specimen flowering tree with dark green foliage. Medium salt/ medium drought tolerance. Typical height is 25 feet. Zones 10-11



Simarouba glauca - Paradise Tree

Native to so. Florida, Bahamas and West Indies, this lovely slow growing evergreen tree with fernlike foliage alledgedly grows to 40 feet but we have never seen one taller than about 15 feet. New growth is bright red.  Small cream-colored flowers in the summer.  High salt/ high drought tolerance.  Zones 10B-11.


Spathodea campanulata - African Tulip

A spectacular flowering tree with flower clusters of red to yellow color up to a foot across. Flowers year-round depending on the weather. Fast growing evergreen tree to 60 feet. Full sun, high drought / medium salt tolerance. Zones 10-11




Tabebuia chrysotricha - Golden Trumpet Tree

Beautiful, showy spikes of large, bright yellow flowers appear in spring.  Deciduous tree to 30 ft. with open canopy; flowers when very young. Medium growth rate, high drought tolerance, medium salt tolerance. From South America. Zones 10-11