Shrubs for Central Florida

The following is a list of shrubs that are suitable for Hardiness Zones 9a and 9b. Ideally, these plants can take some frost and still survive hot humid summers.

Name
Scientific Name
Hardiness Zones
Adam's needle Yucca filamentosa
8a-9b
Allamanda Allamanda neriifolia
9-11
American beautyberry Callicarpa americana
8a-11
Anise-tree Illicium anisatum
8a-10b
Arbor-vitae, Oriental Platycladus orientalis
8a-10b
Azalea hybrids Rhododendron spp .
8a-10a
Barberry, 'crimson pygmy' Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana'
8a-9b
Barberry, wintergreen Berberis julianae
8a-9b
Beach elder Iva imbricata
9a-10b
Blueberry Vaccinium cultivars
8a-10b
Blueberry, evergreen Vaccinium darrowii
8a-11
Blueberry, highbush Vaccinium cormybosum
8a-11
Blueberry, shiny Vaccinium myrsinites
8a-11
Bottlebrush, lemon Callistemon citrinus
9a-11
Bottlebrush, stiff Callistemon rigidus
9a-11
Boxthorn Severinia buxifolia
9a-10b
Buckthorn, tough Sideroxylon tenax (= Bumelia tenax)
8b-9b
Bush Daisy Gamolepis spp.
8b-11
Butterfly Bush Buddleia lindleyana
8-9
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis
8a-10a
Camellia Camellia japonica
8-9
Carolina silverbell Halesia carolina
8a-9b
Century plant, maguey Agave americana
9a-11
Chapman's rhododendron Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii
8a-9b
Chaste-tree Vitex agnus-castus
8a-10b
Chinese spiraea Spiraea cantoniensis
8a-9b
Christmas berry Lycium carolinianum
8a-11
Cleyera Ternstroemia gymnanthera
8-9
Coontie Zamia pumila
8b-11
Coral bean Erythrina herbacea
8a-11
Crabapple Malus angustifolia
8a-9b
Crape myrtle Lagerstroemia indica
8a-10b
Dracaena Dracaena spp.
9a-11
Eastern gamagrass Tripsacum dactyloides
8a-11
Elderberry Sambucus nigra subsp . canadensis
8a-11
Fetterbush, swamp doghobble Leucothoe racemosa
8a-9b
Firespike Odontonema tubiforme
9a-9b
Firethorn, red Pyracantha coccinea
8a-10a
Florida flame azalea Rhododendron austrinum
8a-9b
Florida-anise Illicium floridanum
8a-10a
French hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla
8a-9b
Gallberry Ilex glabra
8a-10a
Garberia Garberia heterophylla
9a-10a
Gardenia, Cape jasmine Gardenia augusta
8a-10a
Glossy abelia Abelia x grandiflora (A. chinensis x A. uniflora)
8a-9b
Hawthorn, Indian Rhaphiolepis indica
8a-11
Hercules'-club Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
8a-10b
Hibiscus, Chinese or Tropical Hibiscus rosa-sinensis  
Holly, dwarf yaupon Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'
8a-10a
Holly, Japanese Ilex crenata
8a-9b
Jasmine, Primrose Jasminum mesnyi
8a-10a
Juniper, Chinese Juniperus chinensis
8a-10b
Lyonia, Rusty Lyonia ferruginea
8a-10b
Marlberry Ardisia escallonioides
9-11
Mock orange Philadelphus coronarius
8a-9b
Myrsine Rapanea punctata
8b-11
Natal Plum Carissa macrocarpa
9-11
Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia
8a-9b
Oleander Nerium oleander
8a-11
Oregon grape-holly, Chinese hahonia Mahonia fortunei
8a-9b
Photinia, red-tip Photinia glabra
8a-9b
Pineapple guava Feijoa sellowiana
9a-11
Pinxter azalea Rhododendron canescens
8a-10a
Plumbago Plumbago auriculata
9 - 11
Podocarpus, yew Podocarpus macrophyllus
8a-11
Rose, Cherokee Rosa laevigata
8a-10b
Rose-of-Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
8a-9b
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
9a-11
Sasanqua camellia Camellia sasanqua
8a-9b
Saw palmetto Serenoa repens
8a-11
Seagrape Coccoloba uvifera
8b-10b
Snail seed Cocculus laurifolius
9a-10b
Spanish bayonet Yucca aloifolia
8a-10b
St. John's wort Hypericum reductum
8a-9b
Swamp mallow, red hibiscus Hibiscus coccineus
8a-10b
Sweet olive Osmanthus fragrans
8a-9b
Sweet shrub Calycanthus floridus
8a-10a
Sweetspire, Virginia Itea virginica
8a-11
Tallow-wood Ximenia americana
9a-10b
Texas sage Leucophyllum frutescens
8a-10b
Thyme Thymus vulgaris
8a-11
Turk's-cap Malvaviscus arboreus
9a-11
Varnish leaf Dodonaea viscosa
9a-11
Viburnum, sandankwa Viburnum suspensum
8a-10b
Viburnum, sweet Viburnum odoratissimum
8a-10b
Viburnum, Walter's Viburnum obovatum
8a-10a
Wax myrtle, southern bayberry Myrica cerifera
8a-11
Wild rosemary Conradina canescens
9a-9b
Yellow anise Illicium parviflorum
9a-9b