When you purchase timberland for sale in Florida, you want to ensure that you get the highest possible return on your investment. Your indigenous timber will always fetch you a fair value since demand for quality timber is on the rise, but if you want to truly maximize your land’s potential, you need to allot space for plants and trees that are in high-demand.
Growing profitable trees and plants is easy once you familiarize yourself with the most popular varieties perched at the top of the agricultural marketplace. In this two-part guide, the land experts at Saunders Real Estate will reveal the trees and plants that give you the most bang for your buck.
Instant Shade Trees
The demand for large, mature trees that can increase shade on a piece of property has popularized “instant shade” trees like the Red Maple and the American Elm. Growing these types of trees can be a very lucrative endeavor. Instant shade trees are traditionally sold in 10 to 15 gallon pots, where their well-developed root systems can flourish until the tree is planted in the ground.
Heritage Fruit Trees
Similar to television shows, fashion, cultural cuisine, and music, fruit follows popularity trends that can be seemingly impossible to anticipate. Currently, there is a surging interest in heritage fruits. Heritage fruits include apple varieties that were popularized in the 17th and 18th century. Growing heritage fruits like Esopus Spitzenberg, Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple, and Calville Blanc d’Hiver, a storied dessert apple grown at the request of King Louis XIII centuries ago, has caused the value of heritage fruit trees to increase considerably.
These fruits transport people to a simpler time, and their rarity encourages enthusiasts to dish out significant sums of money to procure their own heritage fruit trees. In addition to the two apples mentioned above, the Baldwin, Blue Pearmain, Winesap, and Winter Banana offer a wide range of unique flavors that differ greatly from traditional grocery store varieties like Red Delicious, Mcintosh, and Gala that are lauded for their ability to be shipped safely, not their flavor.
Homeowners and landscapers love the Japanese Maple because it is an ideal tree for small nurseries, but is also a viable option for investors with deep pockets who hope to acquire a larger specimen. This tree comes in hundreds of different varieties; some flower red, while others flower green, and the Japanese Maple can grow either broad leaves or cut leaves depending on its phenotype.
When you purchase timberland for sale in Florida, you want to ensure that you can maximize the return on your investment by utilizing your land to its fullest. Remember, the inherent value of your land can always be boosted by meaningful, calculated additions including instant shade trees, heritage fruit trees, and Japanese Maple. In part two, we will continue to explore the most profitable trees and plants for Florida landowners.