As with any other tree that you plant in your yard, we suggest that you do your homework, and find out the growth habits, and what the tree will require as it begins to grow... RAPIDLY.
The average maximum height of Norfolk Island pine trees in Florida, is 80 feet, though they can easily grow taller, some even exceeding 100 feet. The reason for this is fairly simple. The average height of the rest of the canopy is 80 feet. When a tree extends above that range, the risk of being struck by lightning increases greatly.
Things to Consider:
The Norfolk Island Pine tree is actually not a true pine tree. It is a member of the ancient, Araucariaceae family. The name Norfolk Island pine, indicates it is endemic to a small island in the Pacific ocean, between New Zealand and Australia, called Norfolk Island. These trees are commonly seen on rocky shores and are known to withstand strong winds severe weather.
Often, trees with multiple trunks are selected for their symmetrical shape. While this is fine for smaller trees, it is recommended that a single trunk be selected to remain, and all others properly removed over time. Weak branch attachment is one of the leading causes of failure in Norfolk Island pines.
Several counties in Florida, prohibit people from planting the Norfolk Island pine in the landscape. Though it is not an invasive species, it is often considered a hazardous tree due to it's fast growth, and weakened branch attachments. These trees are also very susceptible to lightning strikes as they mature, because they quickly become the tallest point in the landscape. If you have a tree that has been struck by lightning recently, act quickly. It is imperative that sick, dying, or dead trees be removed in a timely manner, as they do not tend to stand long.
If you have any other questions regarding the Norfolk Island pine, please let us know. And as always, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your trees. Call or click, and we will schedule a free estimate with our Certified Arborist.