Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - August 05, 2009

From: Port St Lucie, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Trees
Title: Plant barrier to block view and noise of Florida Turnpike
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I live in Port St Lucie FL and my development backs to Florida turnpike. We want to plant to block noise and view. Any suggestions? thank you

ANSWER:

The Florida Native Plant Society has an excellent site that has native plant recommendations for the different regions of your state.  Here is the link to Natives to Grow in St. Lucie County. To read more about the plants on the list, you can search for the plants recommended on this Florida Native Plant Society list in our Native Plant Database.  I have looked through their recommendations for shrubs and picked out a few for you.  You can read about the growing conditions for these shrubs and choose one that meets the conditions of your site.

Ardisia escallonoides (island marlberry) and photos and more information

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Forestiera segregata (Florida swampprivet) and photos and more information

Ilex glabra (inkberry)

Itea virginica (Virginia sweetspire)

Morella cerifera [syn. = Myrica cerifera] (wax myrtle)

Psychotria nervosa (Seminole balsamo) and photos and more information

Rhus copallinum (winged sumac)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (common elderberry)


Callicarpa americana

Ilex glabra

Itea virginica

Morella cerifera

Rhus copallinum

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

 

 

 

More Trees Questions

Small to medium specimen native tree for Texas Hill Country
August 20, 2004 - Can you recommend a small to med. 'specimen' tree to plant near our patio? Full sun, drought tolerant, interesting during different seasons. Thought about Blanco Crabapple, Rusty Blackhaw, Smoke Tr...
view the full question and answer

Can hazelnut trees grow in South Florida?
January 30, 2010 - Can Hazelnut trees grow in South Florida?
view the full question and answer

Small tan balls on oak from Pipe Creek TX
May 21, 2014 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, our spanish oak is growing tan colored lumpy balls about the size and weight of a marshmallow..sometimes just one at the end of a short stem and sometimes 2-3 clumped together....
view the full question and answer

Pollenless Cedar Elms for Georgetown, Texas
September 28, 2010 - I am considering planting the Cedar Elm tree at my home in Georgetown, Texas. I was under the impression that only the female of the species produces the irritating pollen. Is this true?
view the full question and answer

Tree leaves being chewed in Austin
July 04, 2009 - We planted a Texas Redbud tree, and Monterey Oak (Mexican White Oak) in the front yard this spring and both have had their leaves eaten or chewed by something I cannot find on their leaves. At first I...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.