The Best Trees to Plant in Zone 10

Suitable for a Tropical Landscape

Zone 10 is one of the warmest zones found in the United States. The plants that grow in this area offer many colorful choices that will brighten your garden.

Since frost only rarely appears here, many flower and fruit throughout the year. All of the trees included here are adapted to the growing conditions that occur in Zone 10.

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    Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis), Pinaceae
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    • Latin Name: Pinus halepensis
    • Family: Pinaceae
    • Other Common Names: Jerusalem pine
    • Native to: Mediterranean area
    • USDA Zones: 8-10
    • Height: 30-80' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the Aleppo pine
    • More species of pine trees

    One use for this pine species is as a living Christmas tree. Since the ground usually does not freeze much, you do not have to dig a hole ahead of time. Once the season is over, simply plant outside and water well to help the roots become established. In its early years, you could also choose to keep it in the container to use the following Christmas as long as you remember to keep it watered regularly.

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    • Latin Name: Musa spp.
    • Family: Musaceae
    • Other Common Names: Plantain
    • Native to:
    • USDA Zones: 9-10. There are also cold hardy banana trees available for sale.
    • Height: Depends on variety chosen
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the banana tree

    Even though it is not a tree (it is a herb), most people consider the banana to be one, so I include it here. It is one of the most familiar tropical plants, and since there are varieties as small as 1' tall, they can be included in most gardens. In addition to the standard sweet banana like you see in the grocery store, you could try growing plantains, which are starchier and usually fried when cooked or finger bananas, which are about the size of an adult thumb and are sweeter than the regular banana.

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    There are quite a few citrus trees (and shrubs) that are able to grow in your Zone 10 garden. The height will vary depending on which species you choose. You can save space or simply have a novelty tree by grafting branches from several different types onto one rootstock.

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    • Latin Name: Ficus carica
    • Family: Moraceae
    • Other Common Names: Fig, edible fig, fico, figue, higo, feige
    • Native to: Western Asia
    • USDA Zones: 8-10, though some varieties can handle cooler zones
    • Height: 10-50' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • More facts about the common fig
    • Other species of fig trees

    This is the common fig that we use in cooking. The fruit is produced through a mutualistic relationship where they are pollinated by wasps.

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    • Latin Name: Pinus canariensis
    • Family: Pinaceae
    • Other Common Names: Pino canario
    • Native to: The Canary Islands off the coast of Spain
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 50-80' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the Canary Island pine

    The Canary Island pine features needles that are quite long and hang down towards the ground. It also has 6" long cones and red bark.

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    • Latin Name: Pinus pinea
    • Family: Pinaceae
    • Other Common Names: Parasol pine, stone pine, umbrella pine
    • Native to: Southern Europe, Turkey, and Lebanon
    • USDA Zones: 8-10
    • Height: 30-60' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the Italian stone pine

    I have also seen this species available in containers for use as a living Christmas tree. It is the tree that provides the pignoli nuts used in Italian cooking.

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    • Latin Name: Jacaranda mimosifolia
    • Family: Bignoniaceae
    • Other Common Names: Brazilian rose tree, fern tree, blue trumpet tree, blue jacaranda, black poui
    • Native to: South America
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 5-50' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the jacaranda

    The Jacaranda is one of my favorite tropical trees. They are commonly used as street trees, and I love seeing the purple blossoms as I drive by them in California. They can be a bit messy once the flowers fall, so you may not want to use them around a pool or anywhere else that you would like to avoid cleaning up often.

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    • Latin Name: Syagrus romanzoffiana
    • Family: Arecaceae
    • Other Common Names: Cocos plumosa, jeriva, Cocos palm
    • Native to: South America
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 60' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the queen palm

    One of the most familiar palm trees in the tropical areas of the United States is the queen palm. I often see it used to line streets and decorate commercial landscapes.

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    • Latin Name: Callistemon viminalis
    • Family: Myrtaceae
    • Native to: Australia
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 15-20' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for the weeping bottlebrush

    I love the vibrant colors that tropical trees and shrubs can offer, The weeping bottlebrush can be used as a specimen in your garden since it has both vibrant red flowers and a weeping habit. The common name of bottlebrush does accurately describe the appearance of the blossoms, which are made up of red stamens.

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    • Latin Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
    • Family: Arecaceae
    • Other Common Names: Chusan palm, hemp palm, Chinese windmill palm, Nepalese fan palm
    • Native to: Burma, China, and India
    • USDA Zones:
    • Height: 10-40' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to full shade
    • Growing profile for the windmill palm

    The windmill palm is one type of palm tree that can tolerate part shade to full shade. It features fan-shaped fronds.