Orlando Mast Trees – Wholesale
Give your Orlando landscape some height without taking up a lot of room. Wholesale Mast Trees from Palmco are an excellent substitute for Italian Cypress which typically does not fare well in South Florida.
Boasting over 600 acres in production with FF grade wholesale palms, top-quality clumping bamboo, and ornamental trees and plants, Palmco, located in Bokeelia on Pine Island, Florida, is one of the largest palm plantations in North America. We pride ourselves on our environmentally conscious growing process and exceptional customer service that is known throughout the industry.
What Is a Mast Tree?
The Mast Tree, or Polyalthia longifolia ‘Pendula,’ originated in the lowland rainforests of India and Sri Lanka and is also known as False Ashoka, Asoka, Buddha Tree, Indian Mast Tree, and Indian Fir Tree.
In British India (1612-1947), the Mast Tree was popular for its resemblance to the Mediterranean Cypress and because its tall, stick-straight trunk was ideal for building ship masts. Mast Trees were eventually introduced into Hawaii in 1921 and Florida in 1976.
The beautiful evergreen tree grows in a somewhat narrow, columnar shape to 30 to 45 feet in height and 4 to 5 feet in width at maturity. It is covered from top to bottom with graceful, glossy dark green pendulous leaves on drooping branches.
Mast Trees are best suited to USDA Zones 10a to 11. Palmco does not recommend them for use north of coastal Hillsborough County on Florida’s west coast or Indian River County on the east coast.
How to Landscape with Mast Trees
Mast Trees will transform any plain landscape. Their dense foliage, soft texture and tall, symmetrical shape, makes them popular with landscape architects and designers for framing entryways, covering vertical drain-pipes, softening corners and vertical edges, and even as elegant property dividers.
- Mast Trees provide an excellent vertical accent for privacy screening, shade and windbreaks, and are great in narrow spaces. Line avenues, driveways, pathways or patios with them to highlight entryways and linear landscape features.
- Plant Mast Trees to create a natural privacy fence. They make a much more attractive barrier than a wood fence and don’t take up much more space. Remember that they will grow to about 4 to 5 feet wide when mature, and plant accordingly.
- Use Mast Trees as architectural accents. Set them against tall buildings to soften their look. Plant one on either side of a gate or entrance. Place them directly in the ground or plant them in large containers.
- If the property you are landscaping is adjacent to highways, intersections or commercial businesses, Mast Trees can serve as an effective barrier to noise pollution without diminishing the aesthetics of the property.
Mast Trees are moderately salt-tolerant and drought-tolerant. To get the maximum enjoyment from them, plant in full or partial sun in rich clay, loam or sandy soils, and make sure the soil is well-drained.
You’ll find wholesale Mast Trees at Palmco, and they are quickly becoming a prime choice for savvy Orlando landscape designers. Give us a call at (239) 283-1329 or (855) GO-PALMCO to find out more about them.