Shipments of Florida ornamentals to the U.S. and Canada

Richard Beilock, George L. Harrison


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services records information about ornamentals truck shipments out of the Florida Peninsula. Using data from 1981, 1984, and 2000/1, changes over the twenty year period are analyzed. While the seasonal pattern of shipments was similar in the 1980s and 2000/1, the percent of all shipments to states in the southern half of the nation has increased. Accounting for over half of all shipments, 'Foliage' remains the most important plant category. However, 'Landscape Plants' has tripled its share and, at 21%, is on a par with Ferns. As would be expect- ed, the mix of ornamentals varies across destination regions. Ferns tend to be more important in more northern regions. Landscape Plants are the third most important plant type in all regions, save for Southeast and South Plains where they are number two.


ornamentals; ornamental trucking; plant seasonality; distribution trends

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283

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