I-4 Ultimate has started planting trees

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FDOT and the I-4 Ultimate work crews planted their first tree in late May. It also got 20 identical neighbors, signifying the beginning of the gradual landscaping efforts to come along the 21-mile interstate project.

The $2.3 billion project has allotted $28 million to be spent on planting about 14,500 canopy and flowering trees, 4,400 palms, 10,625 buffer shrubs and 60,200 smaller shrubs and ground covers, according to a post we shared in 2015, HERE. A more recent report states that nearly one million SF of irrigation will be installed to support these plantings.

The tree palette will include:

  • Silver Bismark Palm
  • Canary Island Date Palm
  • Live Oak, Red Oak
  • Pignut Hickory
  • Dogwood
  • Muskogee Crape Murtle
  • Great Southern Magnolia
  • Flame Red Myrtle
  • Bald Cypress
  • Southern Red Cedar
  • Maki Yew Pine

The planting program calls for using Florida-native and non-invasive plants to limit maintenance and ensure long-term survival of the the plantings.

At this point, it is unclear how many mature trees were removed for the expanded interstate.

Sample of landscaping plan via FDOT

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