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Natives are the way to go!

If you are in South Florida, where the heat of the Summer can be brutal, or in any sunny and salty island in the Caribbean, you have probably struggled with an inhospitable plot of land that gets the worst that the weather can throw at it: drought, rain, saltiness, wind... Luckily for us, Florida native plants have no problem living under these circumstances, plus they do not require much maintenance once established. Here at Island Tropical we have two acres of land designated only to the cultivation of these types of plants. With many varieties to choose from, we are your one stop shop. They may sound boring or plain but once you get to know them they will become the workhorse in your more difficult project. One example is the Croton Linearis or Commonly known as Pineland Croton, this shrub grows up to three feet tall, it has olive-green oval leaves and tiny white flowers. It is the only host for Bartram’s scrub hairstreak butterflies and one of the host plants for the Florida leafwing butterfly. It tolerates low-nutrient and is very drought tolerant.

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Island Tropical Foliage

We are a 30 acre nursery located in Homestead, Florida. We work with a wide variety of customers in the U.S. and Caribbean, providing wholesale plants, trees, and nursery supplies to retail garden centers, landscapers and landscape architects, home builders, commercial and residential builders, developers, hotels and resorts, and plant brokers. We’ve built a reputation for high quality and excellent customer service. Thank you for visiting our website! We warmly welcome you, and hope you’ll contact us with any questions you may have, or to request a quote for your next order.

Featured plants for July 2018: Cissus Incisa (Marine Ivy), Ernodea Littoralis (Beach Creeper)and Jamaican Caper

Cissus Incisa or Marine Ivy is a rapid-growing semi-evergreen vine that belongs to the grape family. It grows in open woods and salt marshes throughout the state of Florida from where it's native. It grows 12 feet long from tuberous roots and semi-woody base. Ernodea Litoralis or beach creeper is a native from South Florida mostly used as ground cover in dry open areas along the coast. Is a high drought tolerant that does not require any supplemental water once established. Capparis cynophallophora or simply Jamaican Caper is a small tree in the caper family that is native to the neotropics. Fruits are long and split to release several large seeds.

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