What determines a tropical tree? If a tree grows near either side of the equator, it is considered a tropical tree. These trees make beautiful landscape plants for a yard, especially if they are not exposed to long-lasting winter frosts. However, there are several tropical trees that are hardy and can survive months of cold weather; the selection is quite diverse.
Tropical fruit trees, such as kumquat, orange and lemon, can be effective landscaping choices. They offer variegated leaves, strikingly beautiful and colorful fruit, as well as gorgeous flowers. Some trees are small enough for a container and create a lovely accent for a yard or patio. The cold hardy Genoa Lemon and Hass Avocado trees are two examples. Large shrub tropical trees can be transformed into small trees if carefully pruned. Tropical trees can be used for shade, windbreaks, and colorful foliage.
Creating a beautiful landscape is the goal of many gardeners, so there are things to consider. First, the species of tropical plants you choose must be able to survive in your area. If your growing conditions allow palm trees, you can plant different layers with taller species in the background and smaller ones in front; this will create a distinct appearance. Adding companion plants to any grouping can increase the beauty, architecture, and color to your yard.
The key to planting tropical plants is to do your homework. Make sure you have the right growing conditions such as plenty of water, sunshine and warmth.
Shop our great selection of tropical trees and tropical fruit trees. Although some of these can survive in much cooler climates, most are grown to thrive in growing zones 9 & 10. These trees will help you create a tropical paradise in your own backyard!