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Posted August 1, 2017 | 7:56 AM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Woody Ornamentals

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. Each month we will feature a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

July's harvest: Woody Ornamentals 

Fun fact:

Woody ornamentals or "woodies" generally are planted to beautify landscapes. Most are shrubs or hedge-type plants, but they also can be groundcover, vines, tropical plants, and even trees.

When are woody ornamental plants available?

Throughout the year at retail nurseries, or from local growers and landscapers.

What type of woody ornamental plants are grown commercially here?

About 80 types of woody ornamentals are grown in Hillsborough County. There are many varieties of some plants, such as azaleas.

Where are they most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

Most woody ornamentals are grown in the Plant City/Dover area, but there are plant nurseries throughout the county.

How many acres of woody ornamentals are planted in Hillsborough County?

Almost 2,400 acres in 2015, the latest figures available from Florida's Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

What is the value of woody ornamental production in Hillsborough County?

About $37 million.

Local insight:

Many wholesale nurseries do not sell directly to the public. When shopping for plants, find out which outlets will sell to you.

More information about Woody Ornamentals