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Flowering Trees

Nothing catches your eye like a flowering tree.  In the early spring when the red buds start blooming the requests for them quadruple.  Who wouldn’t notice a leafless tree with vibrant pink to purple blooms covering every branch?  The same thing happens when the Mexican plum is in bloom with all those beautiful white blossoms and when the coral colored seedpods appear on the Golden rain tree.  If you have taken notice of these or other flowering trees and are considering adding one to your landscape, this is the article for you.

Below is a list of flowering trees that will grow and thrive in our area.  The list includes the size of the tree, when it blooms and what color the blooms are.  Enjoy!

 

Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora – native evergreen, full sun to part shade, usual height is 10-15’ tall (can get up to 30’ tall) Blooms in early spring.  Fragrant purple flowers, blooms attract insect pollinators and butterflies, highly deer resistanttx mnt laurel

Chaste Tree

Vitex angus-castus – Deciduous, Full sun, Purple Blooms in the summer, Flowers are fragrant.  15-25’ tall

Eve’s necklace

 Sophora affinis – Native deciduous, full sun to shade, rosy pink blooms in the spring, grows 15-35’ tall, Flowers attract bees and nectar insects, moderately deer resistant

Parsley Hawthorn

Crataegus marshallii – Native deciduous tree, Part shade, grows to 25’ tall, dainty white blossoms in the spring, this tree is a bee attractor, butterfly nectar plant, red fruit for birds.

 

Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica – Deciduous, full sun, blooms in summer, attracts bees and hummingbirds provides food for birds

Natchez – white flowers, Broad tall tree growth habit, 20-30’tall, high mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – great

  Regal Red

  Zuni – Violet flowers, rounded growth habit, 9-12’tall, Good mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – good

  Muskogee – Light lavender flowers, broad tall tree growth habit, 25’+ tall, high mildew resistance, red orange fall color

  Dynamite – Red flowers, upright growth habit, 20-25 tall, good mildew resistance

  Lipan – medium lavender flowers, broad upright growth habit, 15-20’tall, high mildew resistance, orange fall color, exfoliating bark – best

  Arapaho – Red flowers, Upright growth habit, 20’+ tall, High mildew resistance, Exfoliating bark -good

  Black Diamond – Red, blush pink, crimson red or white flowers, with dark red leaves, intermediate bushy growth habit, 10-12’tall, high mildew resistanceblk diamond

  Royalty – dwarf, royal purple flowers, 4-8’tall, good mildew resistance,

  Pink Velour – Bright pink flowers, upright growth habit, 10’+tall, fair mildew resistance, dark orange fall color

  Pink Ruffles – Dwarf, pink flowers, 4-6’tall

  Basham Party Pink – Light lavender, broad tall tree, 25’+ tall, Good mildew resistance, orange red fall color, exfoliating bark – good

  Tuscarora – dark pink flowers, broad spreading growth habit, 15-25’ tall, high mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – great

  Hopi – medium pink flowers, low rounded growth habit,8-10’tall, high mildew resistance, orange red fall color, exfoliating bark – great

  Acoma – Semi-dwarf, white flower, low spreading growth habit, 6-10’ tall, high mildew resistance, purple red fall color, exfoliating bark-great

  Bradberry Wine – Burgundy flowers, upright growth habit, 10-12’tall, high mildew resistance

  Catawba – Violet Purple flowers, upright growth habit, 12-15’ tall, good mildew resistance, red orange fall color, exfoliating bark – average

  Baton Rouge – Red flowers, miniature weeping growth habit, fair mildew resistance

  Burgundy Cotton White flowers, broad upright growth habit, 12’ tall, fair mildew resistance

Orchid Tree

Bauhinia – Deciduous to semi evergreen, blooms are reminiscent of orchid flowers, regular water, orchid trees will need more water in extreme heat.  Bloom time varies by variety. Leaves are deeply lobed heart-shaped.  Attracts bees, birds and butterflies

African Orchid Tree – Bauhinia galpinii – Full sun, semi-deciduous, grows to 8-10’tall and 10-15’wide.  Blooms are salmon/red in late summer through early winter.  More of a shrub shape

Hong Kong Orchid Tree – Bauhinia blakeanasemi-evergreen, moderate grower to 20’tall & 25’wide, full sun, blooms in fall through winter with deep rose-red flowers, no seed podshong kong orchid tree

Purple Orchid Tree– Bauhinia purpurea – Semi-deciduous, grows to 20’tall & 25’wide, blooms in the summer with rich purple flowers

Anacacho Orchid Tree – Bauhinia lunarioides –  Native to west Texas, part shade, grows to 6-12’tall, single or multi-trunked shrub or small tree, fragrant flowers are white or pink in clusters, attracts butterflies and bees, blooms March-May and after heavy summer or fall rains, highly deer resistant

White Butterfly Tree – Bauhinia forficate – Full sun to part shade, grows to 20-30’tall.  Blooms white flowers in mid-summer and has a thorny trunk

Mexican Orchid Tree – Bauhinia mexicana – Full sun to part shade, grows to 10-12’tall and 12-15’wide.  Blooms white flowers mid summer, evergreen.

Mexican Plum

Prunus Mexicana – Deciduous small flowering tree.  Grows to 15’ tall in full sun or as an understory tree.  Blooms fragrant white flowers in eary spring.  Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

Chinese Fringe

Chionanthus retusus – Deciduous small flowering tree.  Moderate grower to 15-20’tall and 12-15’wide.  Plant in full sun, blooms white fringe flowers in spring

Redbuds

Cercis – Deciduous, full sun to shade, blooms pink/purple in early spring before it leafs out, attracts bees, birds and butterflies. Has heart shaped leaves

 Avondale – Cercis chinesis ‘Avondale’- Full sun, moderate grower to 10-12’tall and wide.  Blooms are dark rose-purple, leaves are glossy green. redbud

 Burgundy Hearts – Cercis canadensis ‘Greswan’ – Deciduous, full sun, moderate grower to 20-25’tall and 25-35’wide. Blooms are pink-lavender and leaves are burgundy

 Don Egolf – Full sun, moderate grower to 9’tall and wide.  Blooms are rosy-mauve and the leaves are green.

 Forest Pansy – Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ – Afternoon shade or understory tree, moderate grower to 20’tall and 25’wide.  Blooms are pink-lavender and new leaves are red-purple changing to green at the season progresses

Lavender Twist – Cercis Canadensis ‘Covey’ – Afternoon shade or understory tree, this weeping redbud is a moderate grower to 5-6’tall and 6-8’wide.  Blooms are rose-pink and the leaves are green.

Eastern – Cercis Canadensis – Full sun, moderate grower to 30’tall and 25-35’tall.  Blooms are rosy-pink and the leaves are green.

Texas – Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Texas Redbud’ – Part to full sun, slow grower to 30-40’tall and 15-20’wide.  Blooms are pink and the leaves are glossy dark green.

Oklahoma – Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Oklahoma’ – Full sun, moderate grower to 15’tall and wide.  Blooms are wine red and the leaves are glossy green.

Oklahoma Whitebud – Cercis c. ssp. texensis ‘Oklahoma Whitebud’ – Full sun, moderate grower to 15’tall and wide.  Blooms are milky white and the leaves are a glossy blue-green.

Hearts of Gold – Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ – Part to full sun, moderate grower to 10’tall and wide to 25’ with age.  Blooms are lavender-purple and leaves emerge red then mature to gold.

Bubble Gum – Cercis chinensis ‘Bubble Gum’ – Full sun, moderate grower to 10-15’ tall and 10-12’ wide.  Blooms are bubblegum pink and glossy green leaves.

Merlot – Cercis x ‘Merlot’  – Full sun to part shade, moderate grower to 12-15’tall and wide.  Blooms are dark rosy-purple with dark purple glossy leaves.

Ruby Falls – Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ – Part shade, this weeping redbud grows to 6-8’tall and 6’wide.  Blooms are deep lavender and the leaves are a glossy maroon-red

Silver Cloud – Cercis canadensis ‘Silver Cloud’ – Part sun, moderate grower to 10-12’tall and wide.  Blooms are rose-pink and leaves are green with creamy white and pink variegation.

Rising Sun – Cercis Canadensis ‘JN2’ – Full sun, vigorous grower to 8-12’tall and wide.  Blooms are dark lavender and the leaves emerge tangerine then gradually change to yellow then to lime green.

Traveller Redbud – Cercis Canadensis var. texensis ‘Traveller’ – Full sun, this weeping redbud is a moderate grower to 5’tall and 5-6’wide.  Blooms are rosy-pink and the leaves emerge coppery red turning a glossy dark green. traveller red bud

Western – Cercis occidentalis – Part to full sun, moderate grower to 15’tall and 10’wide.  Blooms are rose-purple and leaves emerge apple green aging to blue-green. 

Tulip Magnolia/ Saucer Magnolia/Japanese Magnolia

These magnolia trees are deciduous trees that flower before leafing out.  Flowers are fragrant and of various colors.  Best grown in full sun to part shade.

Jane Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Jane’ – Full sun, grows to 10-12’tall.  Blooms are reddish purple with white on the inside and has dark green glossy leaves

Ann Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Ann’ – Full sun to part shade, grows to 10-15’tall and 12’ wide.  Blooms are reddish purple in spring

Merrill – Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – Full sun, fast growing to 12’tall and 15’wide.  Blooms are white star shaped flowers in early spring.  Light fragrance

Vulcan Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Vulcan’Full sun, grows to 15’tall and 10’wide; to 25’tall.  Blooms magenta in spring.

Black Tulip – Magnolia x soulangiana ‘Jurmag1”- Full sun to part shade, grows to 15-20’tall and 6-10’wide Blooms deep burgundy-red in early spring

Butterflies – Magnolia acuminata ‘Butterflies’ – Full sun, grows to 16’tall and 11’wide; grows to 25-35’tall with age. Blooms rich yellow flowers in early spring

 

Texas Olive

Cordia boissieri – Full sun, grows to 15-30’ tall and wide.  Blooms clusters of crape paper type white flowers in spring to summer. Leaves are gray-green with a soft texture.  Evergreen to semi-evergreen.  Attracts butterflies and birdstx olive

Jerusalem thorn/Palo Verde

Parkinsonia aculeate – Full sun, grows to 15-20’tall and wide.  Blooms yellow flowers in the summer and the leaves are pendulous.  The blooms are fragrant and the trunk is green when young. Attracts birds

Mimosa

Albizia julibrissin – Full sun to part shade, fast gower to 30-40’tall.  Blooms a powder puff pink flower in mid summer. Deciduous tree with leaves that are fern like. Attracts butterflies

Summer Chocolate Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ – Full sun, fast grower to 20’tall and 15’wide.  Blooms pink powder puff flowers in late summer.  Leaves are a rich chocolate burgundy color.  Deciduous tree that attracts butterflies, bees and birdsmimosa summer choc

Desert Willow

Chilopsis linearis –  Deciduous, full sun to part shade, fast grower to 20-30’tall .  Showy rose/mauve fragrant flowers in spring to fall.  Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

Goldenrain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata – Deciduous, moderate grower to over 40’tall, full sun.  Blooms sprays of fragrant yellow flowers and beautiful pink-brown seed pods

Jacaranda

Jacaranda mimosifolia – Full sun, deciduous to semi evergreen, rapid grower to 45’tall and wide.  Blooms fragrant lavender trumpet shaped flowers from April to June and the leaves are green and fern like. 

Angel Trumpet

Brugmansia – Full sun to light shade in the afternoon, evergreen to semievergreen, fast grower to 5-15’tall and wide.  Blooms elongated bell shaped flowers in pink, peach, yellow and white in warm weather.  Flowers can be fragrant and the green leaves are large soft or smooth.

 

 

Flowering Fruit Trees

Centurion Crabapple – Malus x ‘Centzan’Full sun, moderate grower to 25’tall and 15-20’wide.  Blooms are red in early spring.  Leaves emerge reddish green and matures to bronze green.  Deciduous and attracts bees and butterflies

Evergreen Pear – Pyrus kawakamii – Full sun, fast grower to 15-30’tall and wide.  Blooms white blossoms in early spring and the leaves are a glossy green.

Cleveland Select Pear – Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select’ – Full sun, deciduous, moderate grower to 40’tall and 15-20’wide.  Blooms white blossoms in the early spring.

Bradford Pear – Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’ – Full sun, deciduous, grows to 20-25’tall and 10-15’wide; 35’tall and 25’wide with age.  Blooms white blossoms in early spring, also has fall color.

Weeping Candied Crabapple – Malus ‘Weepcanzam’- Full to part sun, deciduous, moderate grower to 10-15’tall and 10-12’ wide.  Blooms pink-scarlet blossoms in early spring

Peppermint Peach – Prunus persica ‘Peppermint’- Full sun, deciduous, grows to 20’tall and 10-15’wide.  Blooms are pink or white with pink flecks in early spring

Pineapple Guava

Feijoa sellowiana – Full sun, evergreen, moderate grower to 18-25’ and wide, blooms a white flower with a red stamen center in early summer.  Leaves are glossy green on top and gray green on the underside. 

Bottlebrush

Red Cascade Bottlebrush –  Callistemon viminalis ‘Red Cascade’- Full sun, evergreen, fast growing to 20-25’tall and 15’wide.  Blooms red bottle brush type flowers from spring to fall.  Attracts hummingbirds and is deer resistant

Scarlet Bottlebrush – Callistemon citrinus – Full sun, evergreen, moderate grower to 10-12’tall and wide.  Blooms scarlet-red bottle-brush shaped flowers spring to summer.  Attracts hummingbirds and is deer resistant

Hannah Ray Bottlebrush – Callistemon viminalis ‘Hannah Ray’ – Full sun, evergreen, weeping moderate grower to 10-15’tall and wide.  Blooms red bottle brush type flowers in late spring.