Three factors make native plants favorable to use in Florida
Because native plants are adapted to Florida soils, temperatures, and rainfall patterns, they require less irrigation and fertilization. This claim is true if several factors are present, specifically providing the right native with the right soil type and irrigation amount. Oftentimes in development, water flow patterns change as a result of native topsoil removal.
Native plants are resistant to pests, diseases and tropical storms in Florida, because they evolved under constant exposure to these organisms and conditions. Invasive plants may not have this resistance, providing an unwanted food source to pests and disease, unwanted debris after hurricanes, and competition with native plants for water and soil area.
Education about Florida's ecology:
Florida's increasing population should be more educated about the state's natural resources and how these resources are preserved. This education can come from seeing native trees in parks, state and national parks, and forested areas and understanding how these trees interact with their environments and provide the clean air, water, and soil that Florida residents rely on.
Please contact your local native plant society and/or botanical garden to learn more about native trees.