Integrating fruit trees and other non-native plants with native plants in the Southern Florida home garden

Richard J. Campbell, Carl W. Campbell

Abstract


Fruit trees and other non-natives, planted in combination with native species can provide for a diverse, multiple use home landscape compatible with urban southern Florida. Such landscapes provide the home gardener with useful fruit and plant products; as well as, enhance the diversity of insect and animal species supported by the home garden. By selecting appropriate plants and compatible combinations, irrigation, chemical inputs and other monetary and environmental expenses can be minimized. In southern Florida, we have a wide array of superior native and non-native fruit and landscape plants. By incorporating both native and non-native plants into the home landscape and adopting appropriate horticultural
techniques for their management, a landscape can be devel oped that provides the maximum benefit to the home gardener and contributes to a healthy and sustainable environment.

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