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Native Trees of South Florida

Click on the flag below for a pdf of the tree!

Small Trees and Large Shrubs

Medium Trees

Large Trees

Large Native Trees

Green Buttonwood

Cornocarpus erectus

Wild Tamarind  

Lysiloma latisliquum  

Gumbo Limbo

Bursera simaruba

Paradise Tree

Simarouba glauca

Live Oak

Quercus virginiana


Medium Native Trees

Dahoon Holly

Ilex cassine

Pigeon Plum

Coccoloba diversifolia

Satin leaf Chrysophyllum oliviforme
Seagrape Coccoloba uvifera

Small Native Trees



Hamelia patens

Florida Privet Forestieria segregata
Wild Coffee Psychotria nervosa
Exhibit of our 12 Featured Trees:

Native Flags exhibit at Deering Estate at Cutler Export to Your Calendar

Click here to download PDF of self-guided tour

When: Open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last ticket is sold at 4:00 pm)
Where: Map this event ยป
Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72 Ave.
Palmetto Bay, Florida  33157


Native Flags is an urban reforestation campaign of the Reclamation Project at the Miami Science Museum. Directed by Miami artist Xavier Cortada, the campaign aims to help restore native habitats for plants and animals across Miami-Dade County. Participants will be asked to plant the sapling of a native tree and a green flag in their yard and encourage their neighbors to do the same. By doing so, residents across the county will reclaim land for native trees displaced long ago by development.
Learn more about the native tree resources in your community below.

South Florida Native Trees Resources

Native Trees

Please contact your local chapter of the (e.g.: local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society) to determine which native species are suitable for planting in your yard.  To learn about caring for your native tree, please click here.
  • To see the 12 native tree species featured for planting in South Florida, please click here

  • To see the six native tree species featured for planting in Pinellas County, please click here.

  • To see the six native tree species featured for planting on the Treasure Coast, please click here.


 2004 - 2013


Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

Copyright 2006-2013 
Xavier Cortada