Recently, the Marco Island Historical Society partnered with the Naples Botanical Garden and the Community Foundation of Collier County to hand out some of the 3500 free native trees being given away in honor of the Community Foundation’s 35th anniversary.
There were five varieties to choose from, among them were the Pigeonplum, a native plant that can grow to 25-30’. A drought-tolerant species that can adapt to both sandy and salty conditions. Another was the Florida Fiddlewood, which is also tolerant of sandy dry soil. It blooms in spring with small white clusters of flowers and is a nectar source for bees and butterflies.