Winter 2018 Freeze Survey

The Villages Florida Native Plant Society conducted a survey of the impact of freeze on our landscape plants with results posted on-line.  We asked members to submit a written list of plants and the freeze impact at the meeting in January 2018.  For each species (native and exotic),  members graded the level of freeze impact into 3 categories:

Survey Results

Freeze Impact

  • None - no visible freeze impact
  • Partial - some green still visible
  • Total - no green visible

Optional:  Grade the plant’s location:

  • Exposed
  • Partially Protected (i.e. by a wall or other vegetation)


Coral Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens

Coral Honeysuckle
















Firebush Hamelia patens

Freeze Damaged Fire Bush

In our area (Central Florida), leaves often become red when temperatures drop into the 40°s F. Though native, it is quite tender and can be killed to the ground during a freeze. Regrowth from the roots is rapid and rampant, and it has proven to be root hardy through zone 9.  Fact Sheet 


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