Accent trees are an added touch in landscape areas that need an anchor plant or focal point to complete the overall design. Many are small trees but mid-size or even large ones can work well for some spaces.
Accents have a distinguishing characteristic - often flowers - that
makes them stand out. But they can also feature unique leaf color or
shape, unusual texture or growth direction, as well as form.
In this section we highlight non-flowering Florida landscape trees and plants that add the finishing touch to your landscape.
Tall and narrow landscape trees that make an elegant statement...often used against the side of a house.
Teardrop shape, larger at the base and smaller toward the top. Like the East Palatka hollies pictured above, these often have that "up North" look, with a sturdy, compact, "Christmas tree" form.
These trees work well singly near the corner of the house, since most grow slowly and don't take up a lot of space. Also great as a garden bed anchor or a stand-alone yard specimen.
Group planting uses include flanking
the driveway entrance, a backdrop for flowers, creating a privacy hedge
and/or acting as windbreak trees.
Some can be shaped with regular trimming to keep the pyramid form, keeping them fairly full to the ground or cleaning up the trunk.
Pyramidal trees include hollies such as Nellie Stevens, Dahoon and East Palatka.
Also in this group is the striking silvery Arizona cypress.
Arborvitae can be used as a large, rounded bush or tree for privacy and shade.
Plants with unique appeal...unusual form, foliage color or texture.