Pine Trees in Florida!
I guess I never really gave it much thought….there are Native Pine Trees in almost every state….including tropical Florida!
I say almost, because apparently, the Hawaiian archipelago lacks native pine trees…and that makes sense to me.
Cold Weather! Pines! 🙂
I guess I thought tropical states such as Hawaii and Florida would have palm trees …and they do…plenty of them.
When we first moved to Florida almost 4 years ago….I focused mainly on the beautiful tropical palm trees. Not Pine trees!
I did notice however, that there was/is a main thoroughfare sporting the name “Pine Island Road”, which runs through our little city of Cape Coral.
Still,… my itty, bitty, little brain did not comprehend that it was so named because of the Pine Trees. 🙂
I just thought they called it “Pine Island Road” because it led to….well, to Pine Island...one of the barrier islands very close to our home.
Anyway, I thought or surmised that the pine trees I would see interspersed among the stately palm trees…. were planted by Northerners (now Southerners) …wanting reminders of their pine trees up North.
Kind of like I would love to be able to plant Lilacs and Peonies….from my Midwest upbringing….but alas, they will not grow down here. I am too far South. 🙁
There are not a lot of pine trees in Kansas, where I was born and raised…and some say that Kansas has no native pine trees.
Lots of native cedar trees, but no pine trees.
However, according to the source below….some of the central Great Plains states, like North Dakota and Kansas, have very low pine diversity, but none-the-less they do have a few native pines.
Many of the introduced species become disease prone and eventually turn brown and die.
Perhaps that is why I don’t remember that many! 🙂
I have since learned (after living here awhile) that there are seven species of native pine trees in Florida!
And three other commonly planted non-native species that grow very well in this environment.
Pine trees are not necessarily for mountains and cold, cold temperatures!
They can flourish in sub-tropical climates too!
Do you have native pine trees near you?
Or were they planted?
Inquiring minds want to know! 🙂
Have a great day!