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

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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