Welcome to
Canterbury Farms Nursery!

We are located only 3 miles 
West of Suncoast Parkway
in Hudson

14220 Thornwood Trail,
Hudson, FL

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Please use our main entrance
on 14607 Hays Road when coming to visit

(727) 857-0242
fax: 727-857-1952

Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm‎
Saturday: 7am-3pm
closed on Sundays

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How To Take Care of New Tree or Landscape

Landscape shrubs & palms: Water for 20-30 minutes every day for the first 30 days.
After first 30 days, cut back to 30 minutes per day 2 times a week for next 2 weeks.
From there on out, watering once or twice (*depending on season) a week for 30 minutes is recommended.

Trees: Water for 20-30 minutes every day for the first 45 days. After first 45 days, cut back to 30 minutes per day 2 x a week for next 2 weeks.
From there on out, watering twice (*depending on the season) a week for 30 minutes is recommended for the next full year.

Very important and keep in mind… it can take newly planted landscape (especially trees) approximately one year to completely acclimate itself. Therefore, it is vital that you keep up with above suggested watering instructions. We also recommend that you water in the evening hours/sunset in order for the roots to soak up the water vs it evaporating which occurs in daylight.


We recommend fertilizing your plants, trees and palms 3 x a year (spring, summer & early fall) with a fast release, high nitrogen fertilizer. Do not fertilize in the winter as that promotes new growth and that new growth could potentially freeze should a cold front come through.

*Seasonal factors to consider:

Summer: If we are in the full swing of the summer time rains, watering can be cut back if rain is consistent. Use your discretion.
Winter: Many tree varieties go dormant (lose all their leaves) in the winter months and that does not mean you can stop watering them especially if it’s been planted within a year’s time frame. Lack of watering will cause it to die!
Spring: Dormant trees will begin to flush new foliage and growth in mid to late spring. If your tree does not show signs of new leaves and foliage, this may be signs of a tree in distress or dead due to the lack of watering. Watering is a must even in the winter!!

How To Fertilize

How to apply all purpose fast release fertilizer (12-6-8):

Individual plant:

Scatter one heaping tablespoon around circumference of plant.

Larger tree or Palm:

Scatter one level measuring cup around curcumference of plant.
Repeat fertilization 3 times a year except in winter months (November-February)

How to properly apply fruit tree and fruit bearing plant fertilizer (8-3-9):

Once a month scatter one level table spoon per foot of tree height, except in winter months (November-February)



Prices are good until May 31, 2014 or while supplies last;
Please call to confirm availability: 727-857-024  27-857-0242

3 for $10!

Honeysuckle, 3 Gal., Reg. $4.50



  • Catawba (Dark Purple)
  • Muskogee (Lavender)
  • Natchez (White)
  • Pink Velour (Dark Pink)
  • Raspberry Sundae (Raspberry/Dark Pink)
  • Red Dynamite (Red)
  • Red Rocket (Red)
  • Sioux (Medium Pink)
  • Tuscorara (Watermelon Pink)


3 Gal. $9.95 (reg. $12 ea.)
7 Gal. $17.50 (reg. $25 ea.)
15 Gal. $39.95 (reg. $50 ea.)
30 Gal. $69.95 (reg. 85 ea.)

Prices good through May 31, 2014 or while supplies last



  • Eleagnus/Silverthorn
  • Indian Hawthorn
  • Japanese Boxwood
  • Jasmine (Downy)
  • Juniper (Blue Pacific & Parsoni)
  • Ligustrum (Jack Frost & Variegated)
  • Loropetalum
  • Pittisporum (Green)
  • Viburnum (“O,” Suspensum)
  • Wax Myrtle



  • Adonidia Palms
  • Bismark Palm
  • Bottle Palm
  • Cabbage (Sabal) Palm
  • Chinese Fan Palms
  • European Fan Palms
  • Foxtails
  • Ponytail Palm
  • Pindo
  • Pineapple Palms
  • Queen Palms
  • Robellini Palms
  • Windmill Palms
  • Washingtonian Palms

Call or stop in for sizing and pricing.


Featured Plant
of the Month: 

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is a fast growing upright or spreading large shrub or tree that generates long term blooms ranging in a variety of beautiful colors.

Goes dormant in winter, loses all its leaves and blooms.

Heat tolerant, cold tolerant and drought tolerant once established

Prefers good sunlight and moist, well drained soil at start.

FIY: Once blooming cycle is complete, trim off the “flower heads/fruit pods” and this will promote new blooms!



make excellent gifts too and they start as low as $89.95

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Welcome to Canterbury Farms!

FAQ: What are those abundant stringy clumps commonly found in oak trees, crape myrtles, bald cypress and are they harmful to the trees?

Spanish Moss on a tree in FloridaIt is called Spanish Moss. Spanish Moss is a slender stem-like plant that grows chainlike with tiny (inconspicuous) flowers. It thrives in a warmer, more humid climate, therefore commonly found on Florida trees.


Spanish Moss is technically not in the moss family, but is actually classified as a bromeliad that grows hanging from tree branches in full sun or partial shade. It absorbs nutrients and water from the air and rainfall, therefore also given the nickname “air plant.”

While it rarely kills the trees, it does stunt/stifle new growth on the branches and limbs. It filters out the amount of sunlight needed to make new foliage thrive, therefore stunting foliage growth.  This causes branches to appear thinned out.

To remove it is strictly a personal preference, many love the aesthetic appearance of the Spanish Moss and leave well enough alone.  Others, dislike it and choose to remove it. 

Read more about Spanish Moss on Wikipedia

How to tell if a tree is dead.

My tree does not look so good. How can I tell if it is dead?

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healthy tree HEALTHY TREE


distressed tree DISTRESSED TREE


dead tree
An oldie, but goody as we get asked this one a lot.

Once winter has passed, in the spring your dormant (lose/drop leaves in winter) trees will begin to flush and promote more leaves and foliage. If you do not see this transition taking place by late spring, perform the following test:

Take a pair of scissors, a pocket knife or a strong thumb nail and scrape on a branch of the tree to see the inside coloring.

Once scraped, one of the following 3 scenarios will occur.

1. The branch insides are a vibrant yellow and green.

Result: Congratulations, you have a happy and healthy tree.

2. The branch insides are less vibrant yellow with a little green.

Result: Your tree is showing signs of distress. Our best advice in a situation like this would be to cut back all the dead branches back to where the green foliage is and start giving it more water. A tree in distress usually comes from a lack of water or a deep freeze.

3. The branch insides are light brown/beige in color with no signs of green color and looks dry.

Unfortunately, this reveals signs of a dead tree.

Call us if you have questions or need advice on what kind of replacement tree to pick.


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We proudly serve retail nurseries, landscapers, lawn care companies,
wholesale plant brokers and the general public.




Indian Hawthorn Trees
(if mild winter)
Azaleas, Indian Hawthorn bushes, Walter's Vibernum
Oleander, Indian Hawthorn Trees, Bottlebrush, Hibiscus,
Confederate Jasmine, Lantana
Crape Myrtles, Knock Out Roses & Gardenia
Magnolias, Oleander, Crape Myrtles & Lantana
Magnolias, Crape Myrtles, Ruella, Ixoras & Plumbago
Ixoras, Lantana, Blue Daze, Hibiscus & Knock Out Roses
Ixoras, Lantana, Blue Daze, Hibiscus
Lantana, Indian Hawthorn Shrubs, Muhly grass, Red Fountain grass
Bottlebrush, Loropetalum bushes and trees, Carolina Jasmine
Camellias, Star Jasmine