Zone 9 is one of the most popular zones in Florida. Many people are interested in gardening here because it’s not too hot or cold, but rather just right. There are many varieties of tropical plants growing here, including some evergreens. You may have seen pictures of these evergreens at your local nursery or garden center. They’re beautiful and they grow well in zone 9 conditions!
But what does all this mean? What do all those pictures really show? How come I don’t see them in my yard?
Well, let me tell you about the different types of evergreens that are grown here in zone 9.
Evergreen Shrubs – Evergreens are plants that flower from seeds. These flowers have petals (or stamens) that contain tiny seeds called nectarines. Nectarine seed pods look like little green apples with a thin skin around the outside and inside of the pod. When a female plant gets pollinated by a male plant, she produces fruit containing her fertile eggs.
You might find seeds that have not yet ripened on the plant–these are called acorns. The number of seeds that an evergreen can produce is only limited by the conditions in which it grows.
Evergreen shrubs are pretty easy to take care of. They don’t mind if you prune them or cut them back hard every once in a while. In fact, it’s better for them if you do cut them back hard. It keeps them from growing too large and requiring too much water and fertilizer throughout the year.
Most evergreens are not picky about the soil type, as long as it’s well drained. Pines require acidic soil, while junipers do better in basic soil. It is normally best to ask your local nursery which plants do best in your specific conditions.
There are a large variety of evergreen shrubs that are suitable for growing in zone 9. You may have noticed some of them at your local nursery, but might not have known what they were. Let’s look through a few of the most common ones.
Pines are probably one of the best-known types of evergreens in the world. There are several different types of pine that are grown all over the globe. Some of them are native to colder areas, and some of them are native to warmer areas. One of the most popular pines in the U.S.
is the southern yellow pine, also known as slash pine. The needles are typically shorter than the average U.S. pine. These trees grow very straight and are used to make everything from paper to toothpicks. In zone 9, they typically only grow to be about 40 or 50 feet tall. There are dwarf varieties that only grow to be about 10 feet tall! Another extremely popular pine in the U.S.