En EspaŅol

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
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - March 24, 2013

From: Atlanta, GA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Privacy Screening, Trees
Title: Tall trees for privacy screen in St. Augustine FL
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Please let me know what kind of evergreen tall trees I can plant for privacy in my back yard in the st. Augustine, Florida area. Thanks for your assistance.

ANSWER:

To answer your question, we will go to our Native Plant Database and, on the Combination Search near the middle of that page, we will search on Florida for the state and "tree" for Habit. Since you told us only that you wanted tall evergreen trees we will select on "evergreen" under Duration and 36 to 72 ft. for ultimate height. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center only recommends plants native not only to North America (excluding Mexico) but to the area in which those plants grow naturally. All the trees on our list for you are native in or near St. Johns County on the northeast Florida coast. Bear in mind that it will be many years before these trees attain their mature height, and you should be aware of the extent of their root systems before you plant them near foundations, sidewalks and other hardscape.

Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar)

Ilex opaca (American holly)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern red cedar)

Persea borbonia (Redbay)

Quercus virginiana (Coastal live oak)

Sabal palmetto (Cabbage palmetto)

 

From the Image Gallery


Atlantic white cedar
Chamaecyparis thyoides

American holly
Ilex opaca

Eastern red cedar
Juniperus virginiana

Redbay
Persea borbonia

Coastal live oak
Quercus virginiana

Cabbage palmetto
Sabal palmetto

More Trees Questions

Sap flowing from live oak trees in Austin
May 08, 2010 - I have live oak trees in my backyard,17 to be exact. I live in Northwest Austin, in Williamson county. There are two live oaks growing about 4-5 feet apart in the center of my yard. One appears to ha...
view the full question and answer

Problems with native palms in Austin
April 10, 2011 - We had a large variety of California fan palms and blue sabal palms in our yard that were damaged during the last freeze. We found that several of them now have "spear pull," which means we could p...
view the full question and answer

Inflorescence of the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
December 28, 2007 - What kind of flower inflorescence do sycamores have?
view the full question and answer

Failure to thrive of Texas Mountain Laurel in Austin
May 02, 2010 - I have an adult (over 25 years?, 20 feet tall?) Mountain Laurel next to my house in Austin. The winter of 2009/10 it lost most of its leaves. It did bloom and leaf out this Spring--not vigorous espec...
view the full question and answer

Will lilacs survive in Houston?
October 26, 2009 - My wife loves the smell of Lilacs (we're originally from Oregon), but we don't see any here in Houston. Is it possible to get lilacs to survive in Southeast Texas?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center