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Native Trees for South Florida
Native Trees for North Florida
Avocado 'Don Gillogly'
Enjoy luscious tropical fruit year-round in your living room from this vigorous, evergreen dwarf! Fast-growing and pest-free, this Mexican native produces two crops a year of soft, black-skinned avocados with a flavor so rich you need nothing else for a scrumptious guacamole!
Self-pollination follows the winter blooms, and the fruit ripens year-round (though the first crop may take up to 14 months). In mild climates it's also an excellent patio specimen, but bring it indoors beside a sunny window before frost. Capable of reaching 10 feet tall, but simple to keep pinched back to desired height and width, the Gillogly Avocado is both attractive and productive.
Petite Black Fig
This naturally dwarf variety grows only 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide--perfect for a large container. It's self-fertile, so you just need one, but this tree is such a charmer that we recommend you succumb to temptation and try a pair! They make a great impression flanking an entryway or marching up the steps to the porch!
The first year you'll probably get one good crop, and from then on, it will set fruit first in July, then around late September. The large, black-skinned fruits are plump and lightly creased, with delicious, juicy dark red flesh. Even if you're not a fig-lover, this tree is worth its weight in gold for the birds it brings to your garden!
Lovely from early spring through fall, its slender trunk and nicely layered, widely-spaced branches stand out beautifully against the large, dark green, maple-like lobed foliage. The perfect edible ornamental, this dwarf is a showstopper in any setting! If you live north of zone 7, bring it indoors when freezing weather sets in; elsewhere, it will safely winter outside. Zones 7-10.