90 Best Flowering Trees for Florida Gardens

If you are always on the lookout for elegant and vivid flowering trees in Florida, you would be happy to know that there are numerous breathtaking trees and shrubs with vivacious blooms in the sunshine state. Read on to learn about ninety of Florida’s most breathtaking flowering trees! 

Vibrant, colorful blooms situated against the backdrop of supple, green leaves and sturdy branches create an unmatched, majestic picture. When you pair that with the enthralling beauty of the everglade state, the results are truly breathtaking. 

Florida is well-known for its warmer temperatures, long summers, sunny and humid days, and short winters. The land of warm and calming ocean breeze and swaying palm trees is home to a wide array of attractive and hardy trees, including the majestic Live Oak, Bald Cypress, Maple, Flowering Dogwood, and Pine trees. It also houses smaller species, such as the gorgeous Redbuds, Fringetree, and Star Magnolia. 

When it comes to flowering trees, the sunshine state has no shortage of them. Small and large spring, summer, and fall flowering trees that grow in abundant sunlight and well-drained soils are a staple of the Florida landscape. Trees such as the Magnolia, Silverbell, Golden Trumpet, Plumeria, Hibiscus, and more, bring their stunning beauty to the lawns, coves, creek sides, and coastal lands of the sunny state. 

If you are new to gardening and researching flowering trees that will thrive in the Florida landscape, you are about to learn everything about blooming trees that you can plant in your garden for bold, colorful, and attractive flowers.  

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at ninety breathtaking flowering trees and shrubs that are great to plant in your Florida garden.

Yellow flowering trees in Florida

1. Golden Trumpet

  • tabebuia chrysotricha
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 80 ft
Golden Trumpet tree
Hiker- Hu** Golden Trumpet tree

Native to Central American and northern South America, Golden Trumpet is a tall, perennial tree with an attractive, open, and spreading canopy. It features a striking display of bright golden-yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers that contrast beautifully with the shiny, dark green foliage. This drought-tolerant tree grows well in sandy soils and full sun. 

2. Sweet Acacia

  • vachellia farnesiana
  • Flowering in: Late Winter and Early Spring
  • Max height: 25 ft
Sweet Acacia
Tonithedocent Sweet Acacia

Sweet Acacia is a charming, drought-tolerant, medium-size tree that features sweetly fragrant, golden-yellow, puffball-shaped flowers and soft, bipinnately divided, dark green foliage. You can grow it as a large, multi-branched shrub or a medium-sized deciduous tree with a wide canopy. This tree thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It requires regular weeding to prevent seed encroachment. 

3. Cassia Trees

  • cassia fistula
  • Flowering in: Late Spring to Summer
  • Max height: 10 feet
Cassia fistula..
Mauricio Mercadante Cassia fistula

Also known as the Gold Medallion Tree, Cassia Tree is a semi-deciduous, small, fast-growing tree ideal for a small garden. It features brilliant yellow blooms that appear in large, densely packed clusters. It has a light green, pinnate foliage. This cold-hardy tree prefers to grow in full sun and organic, well-drained soil. 

4. Hibiscus Tree

  • hibiscus rosa-sinensis
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 7-12 ft
Hibiscus rosa sinensis Hibiscus
Forest and Kim Starr Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Hibiscus)

Widely popular as a tropical beauty, the small and durable Hibiscus Tree features large, exotic yellow flowers that can grow individually or in small clusters. Each flower has a reddish-pink center and a yellow tube in the middle with spiny pollen. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This tree thrives in full sun and slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil. 

5. Plumeria

  • plumeria rubra
  • Flowering in: Spring, Summer and Autumn
  • Max height: 20 ft

Often grown as an ornamental shrub or small tree, Plumeria is a tropical tree with elongate, leathery, and fleshy deep-green leaves and clusters of highly fragrant, five-petaled yellow flowers. This tree needs at least 6 hours of full sun every day. It also prefers to grow in slightly acidic, fast-draining soils. 

6. Parkinsonia

  • parkinsonia aculeata
  • Flowering in: Spring and Autumn
  • Max height: 33 ft
PARKINSONIA ACULEATA.
Anne Reeves PARKINSONIA ACULEATA.

Parkinsonia is an evergreen, upright, spiny tree with a spreading, globe-like crown with drooping branches. It’s often grown as an ornamental tree or a hedge. It features drooping, bi-pinnate, oblong, green leaves, and bright yellow flowers that grow in loose, large, elongated clusters and have prominent reddish-yellow sepals. Some flowers have a hint of orange or red in the center. This tree thrives in well-drained, sandy to loamy soils and full sun. 

7. Peltophorum

  • peltophorum pterocarpum
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 50 ft
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Yay Yellow flamboyant tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum)

Native to the Indo-Malayan region, Peltophorum is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that features large clusters of bright, fragrant, orange-yellow flowers and large, bipinnate, oblong, dark green leaves. It grows well in sandy soils but can also thrive in clay soils with good drainage. Plant it under the full sun for the best blooms. 

8. Ylang Ylang Tree

  • cananga odorata
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 60 ft
Cananga odorata.
Vinayaraj Ylang Ylang Tree (Cananga odorata).

Ylang Ylang is a fast-growing, delicate tropical tree with a conical canopy. It produces highly fragrant, pale green blooms that mature into pretty chartreuse or darker yellow color fight before falling off. This tree thrives in fertile, well-drained soil and prefers full to partial sun. You can use it as an ornamental, accent, or single yard specimen. 

9. Yellow Poinciana

  • peltophorum pterocarpum
  • Flowering in: Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Max height: 50 ft
Yellow poinciana full bloom
Averette Yellow poinciana in full bloom.

Native to Australia and Malaysia, Yellow Poinciana is a fast-growing, ornamental tree with large, feathery leaves and handsome bark. It features erect flower clusters that carry fragrant, yellow flowers. This multi-trunked, wide-spreading, easy-to-grow tree prefers full sun and well-drained soils. You can also prune it to a single trunk and plant it as a single-yard specimen. 

Purple flowering trees in Florida

1. Jacaranda

  • jacaranda mimosifolia
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 60 ft
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Yay Jacaranda tree

Native to Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil, Jacaranda is easily one of the most breathtaking flowering trees. It grows quickly and has a rounded, spreading habitat. It features large, bright green, divided, soft, and fernlike leaves and eight inches-long clusters of tubular, blue-lavender flowers with white throats. This hardy tree thrives in sandy, moderately fertile, well-drained soils. 

2. Chaste Tree

  • vitex agnus-castus
  • Flowering in: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall
  • Max height: 15 ft
Vitex agnus castus
Manuel m. v. Vitex agnus castus

Native to central Asia and southern Europe, Chaste Tree is a pretty, multi-trunked tree. It features aromatic green leaves, separated into five to seven narrow leaflets and large, upright, and spike-shaped clusters of lavender blooms that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This tree prefers to grow in well-drained, moist soil and full sun. 

3. Purple Glory Tree

  • tibouchina urvilleana
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 15-20 ft
Tibouchina urvilleana
Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz Tibouchina urvilleana

This spreading, evergreen, tropical shrub is a Brazil native. Purple Glory Tree features gorgeous violet flowers that grow in showy clusters. It has lush foliage of glossy, dark green leaves. You can grow this versatile tree as a vine or as part of a shrub border. It thrives in moist, fertile, and well-drained clay, loam, and sand and prefers full sun.  

4. Saucer Magnolia 

  • magnolia x soulangeana
  • Flowering in: Late Winter to Mid Summer
  • Max height: 8 ft
Saucer Magnolia.
Puddin Tain Saucer Magnolia.

Saucer Magnolia is a versatile, pretty, and deer-resistant ornamental shrub that you can grow as a standalone yard tree or centerpiece of your garden. It features prominent dark-purple flower buds that grow into beautiful, cup-shaped, fragrant, pinkish-light purple flowers that can be six to ten inches tall. This tree prefers to grow in full sun and evenly moist soil. 

5. Hong Kong Orchid

  • bauhinia blakeana
  • Flowering in: Mid Fall to Early Spring
  • Max height: 20-40 ft
Bauhinia x blakeana Hong Kong orchid tree
Forest and Kim Starr Bauhinia x blakeana – Hong Kong orchid tree

Hong Kong Orchid is a beautiful, mid-size tree with long-lasting, flamboyant, reddish-purple, orchid-shade, sterile flowers. Its foliage consists of large gray-green, butterfly-shaped leaves. This orchid develops as a large shrub in cooler winter regions and as a medium-sized tree in warmer winter regions. It prefers to grow in full sun and likes evenly moist, well-drained, and weekly-watered soils. 

6. Purple Trumpet Tree

  • Tabebuia
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 20-30 ft
tabebuia impetiginosa.
Wendy Cutler Tabebuia impetiginosa.

Native to the tropical Americas, Purple Trumpet Tree is a deciduous, evergreen tree that features striking, trumpet-shaped flowers borne in large, rounded, and profuse clusters. It prefers to grow in full sun to partial shade and well-drained, fertile soils. It needs regular watering to grow properly. You can grow it as a standalone flowering tree in your garden.  

7. Purple Robe Locust

  • robinia purple robe
  • Flowering in: Late Spring
  • Max height: 30-40 ft
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Yay Blooming purple robe locust tree

Purple Robe Locust is a deciduous, spring-blooming tree that features large clusters of aromatic, violet-purple flowers that are accompanied by attractive green leaves, which provide ample shade. This drought-tolerant tree prefers to grow in full sun, but it can also grow in light shade. It’s a versatile tree that can thrive in all types of soil. 

Pink flowering trees in Florida

1. Eastern Redbud

  • cercis canadensis
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 30 ft
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JumpStory Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud is a graceful, multi-trunked tree with a rounded crown and horizontal branches. It features showy clusters of tiny magenta buds that blossom into striking, long-lasting, rosy-pink flowers. The Redbud has pretty foliage with heart-shaped reddish leaves that turn dark green in summer and a bright canary yellow in fall. This tree thrives in most soil types and different levels of sun exposure. 

2. Powderpuff Tree

  • calliandra haematocephala
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
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Yay Pink Powderpuff

Powderpuff is a large, fast-growing shrub with a wide crown. You can grow it as a tree by pruning to maintain a single trunk. It features pretty pink, red, or white blooms that resemble soft, fluffy powder puffs. These flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and honeybees. This drought-tolerant tree prefers to grow in full sun or part shade. 

3. Bougainvillea

  • bougainvillea glabra
  • Flowering in: Spring, Summer Fall
  • Max height: 20-30 ft
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JumpStory Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a versatile plant that can be grown as a ground cover, a fast climber for a trellis, and a hanging plant in a basket. This tree features tiny, white flowers that are surrounded by vivid, colorful bracts. These bracts or “false flowers” are the true showstoppers and come in various shades of pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, light pink, and even white. Bougainvillea thrives in full sun and well-drained, acidic soils. 

4. Saucer Magnolia

  • magnolia x soulangiana
  • Flowering in: Early Spring
  • Max height: 30 ft
Saucer Magnolia.
Puddin Tain Saucer Magnolia.

Saucer Magnolia is a beautiful and versatile ornamental shrub that features striking dark-purple flower buds that blossom into attractive, cup-shaped, fragrant, creamy pink flowers that can be six to ten inches tall. This tree prefers to grow in full sun and evenly moist soil. 

5. Crape Myrtle

  • lagerstroemia
  • Flowering in: Summer and Spring
  • Max height: 35 ft
Lagerstroemia indica Crape myrtle
Forest and Kim Starr Lagerstroemia indica – Crape myrtle

Widely known as the “lilac of the South,” the Crape Myrtle features huge clusters of long-lasting, attractive purplish-pink blooms. This tree also has lush, deciduous foliage excellent for providing shade and an attractive trunk. It prefers to grow in full sun and well-drained, moist soils. You can grow it as a large shrub or a medium-sized tree. 

6. Taiwan Cherry

  • Prunus campanulata
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 20 ft
Prunus campanulata Taiwan cherry
Forest and Kim Starr Prunus campanulata – Taiwan cherry

Native to Southern China, Taiwan Cherry is a deciduous, wide-spreading tree that produces stunning, one-inch, bright, flamingo-pink flowers on its bare branches. These flowers develop into small, red cherries that attract songbirds. This tree features dark green foliage that turns bronze-red in fall. Taiwan cherry thrives in full sun, but it will tolerate some shade. Plant this tree in well-drained, acidic soils.

7. Oleander

  • nerium oleander
  • Flowering in: Summer to Early Fall
  • Max height: 8-12 ft
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Yay Flowering pink oleander bush

Native to northern Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, Oleander is an evergreen, fast-growing shrub or small tree. It features long, slender, dark green leaves. It produces bright single blossoms and fragrant double blossoms that come in various shades, such as pink, white, red, coral, and yellow. This drought-tolerant tree grows in full sun or light shade and a broad range of well-drained soils.

8. Floss Silk

  • ceiba speciosa
  • Flowering in: Autumn
  • Max height: 50 ft
Ceiba speciosa
Mauro Halpern Ceiba speciosa

Floss Silk is a rounded, rapidly-growing deciduous tree with wide-spreading branches and an upright form. It features large, showy, five-petaled, pink, and white blooms that resemble the narrow-petaled hibiscus. These flowers grow in small clusters on bare branches. This tree bears large, 8-inch-long, pear-shaped fruits filled with pea-like seeds and silky, white floss. 

9. Knockout Rose Tree

  • rosa radrazz
  • Flowering in: Mid Spring through Fall
  • Max height: 3-4 ft
Red double knockout roses
Inga Munsinger Cotton Red double knockout roses

Knockout Rose Tree is a stunning, unique showcase plant that will instantly stand out in your garden. It features striking, fragrant, double-petaled, bright pink or red roses on sturdy branches. This tree can adapt to neutral and acidic soils. Once established, it can be fairly drought-tolerant. It needs at least six hours of direct sun every day. 

10. Pink Tabebuia tree 

  • tabebuia rosea
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 98 ft
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Yay Beautiful tabebuia rosea blooming in garden on blue sky.

Commonly known as Pink Trumpet, Pink Tabebuia is an evergreen, deciduous tree with a smooth, long trunk and a rounded crown. This tree is native to Mexico, Central America, Ecuador, and Venezuela. It produces spectacular trumpet-shaped, purplish-pink flowers with yellow throats and leathery, scaly, elliptic, dark green leaves. This tree grows best in deep, moist, fertile, and well-drained soils in full sun. 

11. Crabapple

  • malus sylvestris
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 40 ft
Flowering Crab Apple Tree
Daniel M. Hendricks Flowering Crab Apple Tree

Crabapple is a deciduous tree that typically grows in the wild. It features showy, pink, or white flowers and fleshy, yellow, green, or red apples with a tart flavor. Crabapple is a versatile tree that can adapt to a wide variety of moist, well-drained soils. It prefers to grow in full sun to minimal shade. 

12. Flowering Almond

  • prunus glandulosa
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 12 ft
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Yay Flowering almond shrub

Flowering Almond is a small, multi-stemmed shrub with an irregular form and thin stems. It features pink to white, single or double, cherry-shaped flowers, and pointed, oblong, light green leaves. It also bears dark red fruits. This partially drought-tolerant tree thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils and full sun to part shade. 

13. Starburst Clerodendrum

  • clerodendrum quadriloculare
  • Flowering in: Winter
  • Max height: 15 ft
Clerodendrum quadriloculare
Forest and Kim Starr Starburst bush (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)

Native to Africa and the Pacific Islands, Starburst Clerodendrum is a beautiful shrub that features clusters of tubular, pale pink blooms that attract butterflies. It features pretty two-toned, dark green leaves with a purple underside. Also known as Glorybower, this tree prefers full sun and well-drained, moist soils. 

14. Apple Blossom Tree

  • cassia javanica
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 80 ft
Cassia javanica.
Anupama Hegde Cassia javanica.

Apple Blossom is a large, deciduous tree with a large and wide crown and curved trunk. It has green, oblong, or ovate foliage and slender, pendulous branches. It features whitish-pink flowers that grow in abundant clusters. These blooms have yellow stamens that are surrounded by green anthers. This tree bears cylindrical seed pods that turn black upon ripening. It thrives in full sun and prefers moderate watering and moist, well-drained soils. 

15. Pink Shower Tree

  • cassia bakeriana
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 30-40 ft
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Yay Cassia bakeriana

Pink Shower Tree is a semi-deciduous hybrid between Golden Shower Tree and Apple Blossom Tree. It produces stunning, lightly scented, five-petaled, pink flowers that grow in pendant-shaped clusters. It also features even-pinnate compound leaves with ellipse-shaped leaflets. This tree prefers to grow in full sun and appropriately moist, well-drained soils. 

White flowering trees in Florida

White blooms situated against the backdrop of supple, green leaves and supple yet sturdy tree trunks create an unmatched, majestic picture. When you pair that with the enthralling beauty of the everglade state, the results are truly breathtaking. 

White flowering trees can liven up any garden and are worthy of becoming the centerpieces of boulevards and lawns alike. They pair wonderfully well with trees with vivid, colorful blooms as they enhance their vivaciousness. In the majestic state of Florida, white flowering trees announce the arrival of the spring season while brightening up the dreary winter landscape. 

Let’s take a look at ten breathtaking white flowering trees and shrubs in Florida! 

1. Magnolia

  • magnolia grandiflora
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 40 ft
Magnolia grandiflora.
KENPEI Magnolia grandiflora.

Also known as Southern Magnolia, this dense, evergreen tree produces huge, striking, fragrant, cup-shaped white blooms that appear at the tip of thick, sturdy stems. It also features dark green, leathery, smooth leaves with rusty brown bottoms. It thrives under full sun or part shade and needs moderate water and well-drained, organically rich soil to grow. 

2. Dogwood

  • cornus florida
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 25 ft
Cornus florida.
H. Zell Cornus florida.

Flowering Dogwood grows along the outskirts of pine forests in the eastern US and all over Florida, except in the far south. It features small, ornamental white flowers that grow from pink bracts. Its green leaves turn reddish-purple in the fall. This tree thrives in partial or speckled shade but can grow in sunlit areas as well. 

3. Silverbell

  • halesia carolina
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 40 ft
Halesia carolina.
Meneerke Bloem Halesia carolina.

Native to North Carolina, Silverbell is a flowering tree that grows in coves, moist slopes, bottomlands, and creek banks. It features pinkish-white, pendulous, bell-shaped flowers that grow in drooping clusters of two to five blooms. You can grow it as a multi-trunked shrub, small understory tree, or large tree with twisting trunks. It grows easily in well-drained soil in full or partial sun. 

4. Crape Jasmine

  • tabernaemontana divaricata
  • Flowering in: Spring to Fall
  • Max height: 4-15 ft
Tabernaemontana divaricata
Vengolis Tabernaemontana divaricata

Crape Jasmine features breathtaking, large white blooms with a strong fragrance. The flowers grow individually or in pairs. Crape Jasmine also features dark green foliage with long leaves. This tree prefers to grow in full sun and needs well-drained soil to thrive. 

5. Royal White Redbud

  • cercis canadensis f. alba
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 15-25 ft
Cercis canadensis Alba.
Famartin Cercis canadensis Alba.

This stunning, fast-growing tree features tons of pure large, white, early-spring flowers and heart-shaped leaves. A young royal white redbud forms a pretty, dense, and round vase shape. It’s a compact, easy-to-grow tree as it can tolerate Florida’s varying hardiness zones. It’s sturdy, adaptable, low-maintenance, and disease-resistant. It can grow in any well-sutured soil and under full or partial sun. 

6. Iceberg Rose Tree

  • rosa spp. iceberg
  • Flowering in: Spring, Autumn, Summer
  • Max height: 4-12 ft
Iceberg Rose
T. Kiya Iceberg Rose

Iceberg Rose Tree is a low-maintenance, disease-resistant, and drought-tolerant tree. It features striking white flowers that bloom for months! It needs full sun to thrive, but it can grow in partial sun and all types of well-drained soil. This gorgeous tree works wonderfully as an accent piece. 

7. Elder Tree

  • sambucus ebulus
  • Flowering in: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 25 ft
Sambucus ebulus
Joan Simon Sambucus ebulus

Known for its delicious elderberries, the Elder tree is a popular, shrub-like tree with fragrant, delicate, white, or cream-colored blooms that grow in large clusters. This tree thrives under full sun and loves well-fertilized, moist, well-drained soil. 

8. Black Chokeberry

  • aronia melanocarpa
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 4-8 ft
Black Chokeberry shrub in bloom.
Linda Black Chokeberry shrub in bloom.

This pretty, indigenous, medium-sized shrub is also known as Aronia or Aronia berry. It produces white petaled flowers in prominent clusters. It also bears glossy blackberries and features dark green leaves that turn purplish-red in the fall. It’s a hardy shrub and can withstand various soil and moisture conditions.  

9. Walter’s Viburnum

  • Viburnum obovatum
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 2-20 ft
Viburnum obovatum
Daderot Viburnum obovatum

Also known as small leak viburnum, this striking tree makes for a delightful sight! It features glossy green leave and gorgeous white flowers that grow in clusters and attract butterflies. It bears small, red fruits that turn black with age. Native to central Florida, Walter’s Viburnum prefers to grow under full sun and likes wet soil. It’s hardy in most zones in Florida.   

10. Bridal Wreath Spirea 

  • spiraea prunifolia
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 8-10 ft
White fence with blooming bridal wreath spirea shrub
White fence with blooming “Bridal Wreath Spirea” shrub
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Bridal Wreath Spirea is an elegant, upright shrub with thick sprays of small and pretty white flowers that grow in clusters of three to six blooms. Since it has a cascading growth, it’s best if you grow it in a spacious garden. This shrub will thrive in full sun and needs average moisture and well-drained soil. 

Red flowering trees in Florida

1. Bottlebrush

  • callistemon citrinus
  • Flowering in: Late Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
Bottlebrush
Yay Bottlebrush

Native to Australia, Scarlet Bottlebrush is a tropical, evergreen, large, and upright shrub. You can grow it as a singular specimen or as part of a hedge. It produces numerous bushy, bright red stamens that are rounded to cylindrical bottlebrush-shaped spikes. Bottlebrush has narrow or lance-shaped, lightly lemon-scented, elliptic coppery leaves that turn green at maturity. This tree thrives in full sun and prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soils. 

2. Weeping Bottlebrush

  • callistemon viminalis
  • Flowering in: Late Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 15-20 ft
Callistemon viminalis Weeping bottle brush
Forest and Kim Starr Callistemon viminalis (Weeping Bottlebrush)

Weeping Bottlebrush is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree. It has pendulous branches that are adorned with narrow, light green leaves and large, 6-inches long spikes of bright red-blood flowers that resemble bottlebrushes. The blooms attract hummingbirds and bees. This tree prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soils and full sun to part shade. 

3. Nettlespurges

  • Jatropha
  • Flowering in: Summer and Spring
  • Max height: 20 ft
Jatropha
Andy Blackledge Jatropha red flowers.

Native to the south-central USA, Nettlespurge is a large, perennial, deciduous herb with a large, tuber-like woody root. It features showy, poopy-red, and deep pink flowers arranged in loose clusters at the end of long stalks. It also features gray-green, deeply lobed, palmate leaves and bears a green, pea-like, three-lobed fruit. It thrives in full sun and part shade and prefers well-drained soil. 

4. African Tulip tree

  • spathodea campanulata
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 60-80 ft
African Tulip TreeSpathodea campanulata
ceasol African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

African Tulip is a fast-growing, large tree with a large, rounded, umbrella-like crown. It produces reddish-orange, upward-facing, tulip-shaped blooms that grow in dense clusters at the tips of branches adorned with striking pinnate, compound, evergreen leaves. It grows and blooms in full sun and rich, moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil. 

5. Peregrina

  • jatropha integerrima
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
Jatropha integerrima Peregrina
Forest and Kim Starr Jatropha integerrima (Peregrina)

Native to Cuba, Peregrina is a small, evergreen tree or large shrub with a rounded or narrow domed habitat and numerous slender trunks. It features clusters of star-shaped red and pink flowers and large, glossy, dark green, oval or elliptic leaves. All parts of this tree are toxic so keep it away from young children and pets. It prefers to grow in full sun and well-drained soils. 

6. Royal Poinciana 

  • delonix regia
  • Flowering in: Spring to Summer
  • Max height: 30-40 ft
Royal Poinciana Delonix regia
Forest and Kim Starr Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

Native to Madagascar, Royal Poinciana is a tropical, broad-spreading tree with a flat-topped, umbrella-like habitat. It features stunning scarlet and orange flowers and lacy, feathery, compound, mimosa-like leaves. It’s deciduous in dry, mild cool winters and evergreen in other climates. This tree thrives in medium-moist, well-drained soils, and full sun. 

Orange flowering trees in Florida

1. Poinciana

  • delonix regia
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 40 ft
Poinciana tree
Yay Poinciana tree

Poinciana is a tropical tree that is native to Madagascar. It has a flat-topped, wide-spreading, umbrella-like crown. It features striking orange and scarlet blooms and feathery, lacy, compound, mimosa-like leaves. It’s deciduous in dry, mildly cool winters and evergreen in other climates. Poinciana prefers to grow in medium-moist, well-drained soils, and full sun. 

2. African Tulip Tree

  • spathodea campanulata
  • Flowering in: Winter and Early spring
  • Max height: 60 ft
African Tulip TreeSpathodea campanulata
ceasol African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

African Tulip is a large tree with a rounded, umbrella-like crown. It features upward-facing, reddish-orange, tulip-shaped flowers that grow in abundant clusters at the tips of branches decorated with arresting pinnate, compound, evergreen leaves. It produces stunning blooms in rich, moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun. 

3. Geiger

  • cordia sebestena
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 25 ft
Cordia sebestena leaves and flowers.
Daniel di Palma Cordia sebestena leaves and flowers.

Widely believed to be a native of the Florida Keys, Geiger is a striking, low-maintenance tree with showy, vivid, deep orange flowers that contrast beautifully with its coarse green leaves. The blooms attract hummingbirds. This tree prefers to grow in full sun or minimal shade and well-fertilized, well-drained soils. 

4. Azaleas

  • Rhododendron
  • Flowering in: Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Max height: 20 ft
Orange Azaleas.
Acabashi Orange Azaleas.

Originally developed in Holland and Belgium, Azaleas are lush, deciduous shrubs that grow in a rounded shape and bear stunning clusters of peachy-orange and vivid, deeper orange blooms. It features vibrant green leaves that turn multicolored in fall. This shrub thrives in loamy, acidic, moist, sandy, rick, and well-drained soils. It needs full sun or minimal shade to produce full blooms. 

5. Red Silk Cotton Tree

  • bombax ceiba
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 60-75 ft
Bombax ceiba tree
Hemant banswal Bombax ceiba tree

Native to monsoon forested landscapes in China and Indo-Malaysia, Red Silk Cotton Tree is a deciduous, large, and spiny tree with a straight trunk and upright or horizontal branches. It features palmate, leathery, elliptic green leaves and showy, five-petaled orange-red flowers that grow in clusters or individually. This tree loves to grow in medium-moist, well-drained soils, and full sun. 

6. Pomegranate

  • punica granatum
  • Flowering in: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 10-20 ft
Punica granatum (pomegranate)
Yay Punica granatum (pomegranate)

Native from northern India to southern Europe, Pomegranate is a multi-stemmed, deciduous small tree or large shrub that bears orange-sized, leathery-skinned, yellowish-red edible fruit. It features attractive trumpet-shaped, orange-red flowers that grow in clusters at the brand ends. It has pointed, narrow, oblong, glossy green leaves that turn yellow in fall. This tree thrives in full sun and organically rich, fertile, dry to medium moist, well-drained loams. 

7. Magnolia Champaca

  • michelia champaca
  • Flowering in: Spring to Summer
  • Max height: 98 ft
Michelia champaca flower
Mauricio Mercadante Michelia champaca flower

Native to India and China, Magnolia Champaca is a tall tree with a conical or cylindrical crown and straight trunk. It features elliptic or narrowly ovate leaves with slightly hairy undersides. It produces beautiful fragrant, light yellow flowers that turn orange as they mature. This tree grows in full sun and well-drained soils and needs moderate water. 

8. Fragrant Orange Tea Olive

  • osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus
  • Flowering in: Winter to Spring
  • Max height: 20 to 30 feet
Osmanthus fragrans
Laitr Keiows Osmanthus fragrans

Also known as Fragrant Olive, this Asian native is a small, upright, evergreen tree or large shrub. It produces clusters of tiny orange flowers that have an intense apricot fragrance. It also features leathery, oval, glossy green leaves with finely toothed or smooth margins. This tree prefers full sun and part shade and thrives in consistently moist, well-drained garden soils. 

9. American Hornbeam

  • carpinus caroliniana
  • Flowering in: Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 25 ft
Carpinus caroliniana
Wendy Cutler Carpinus caroliniana

Native to Missouri, American Hornbeam is a deciduous, slow-growing, small to medium-sized understory tree with a pretty globe-like habitat. It has a smooth, gray trunk and serrated, elliptical or oval, dark green leaves that turn yellow, red, and orange in fall. It produces orange flowers that appear in distinctive clusters. American Hornbeam thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils and full or partial shade. 

10. Vera Wood

  • bulnesia arborea
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 40 ft
Bulnesia arborea in bloom
KATHERINE WAGNER-REISS Bulnesia arborea in bloom

Native to Venezuela and Columbia, Vera Wood is a large, evergreen, tropical tree with a spreading, dense, and rounded habitat and straight trunk. It features pinnate, feather-shaped leaves with many alternate leaflets. It produces brilliant, five-petaled, spatula-shaped, orange flowers that grow in pairs or individually. This wind-resistant tree prefers to grow in well-drained soils. 

11. Jamaican Rain Tree

  • brya ebenus
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 20-30 ft
Brya Ebenus Jamaican Rain Tree
Treeworld Wholesale Brya Ebenus – Jamaican Rain Tree

Also known as Jamaican Ebony, the Jamaican Rain Tree is a decorative, unique, small, spiny tree. Native to West Indies, this tree features drooping branches and slightly oblong, inverted egg-shaped, evergreen leaves. It produces fragrant, yellow-orange blooms when kept in full sun. You can grow it as a bonsai. 

12. Flame of the Forest

  • butea frondosa
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 20 ft
Flame of the forest
Sash Tejo Flame of the forest

Native to Burma, India, and Sri Lanka, Flame of the Forest is a small to medium, deciduous tree with a crooked trunk with irregular branches. It features pinnate leave with three prominent leaflets. It produces abundant, stiff, orange, and vermillion blooms that grow along the ends of dark, velvety green stalks and cover the entire crown. It grows in full sun to part shade and needs fertile, organically rich, deep, well-drained soils. 

13. Scarlet Wisteria

  • sesbania punicea
  • Flowering in: Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft 
Sesbania punicea
K M Sesbania punicea flowers.

Scarlet Wisteria is a medium to large, deciduous shrub that features large, glowing, pea-shaped red and orange flowers that grow in dense, wisteria-like sprays and attract a variety of bees. This shrub has mimosa-like foliage that grows well in full sun or part shade. It thrives and flowers in adequately moist, well-drained soils.

Small flowering trees in Florida

1. Fringetree

  • chionanthus virginicus
  • Flowering in: Late Spring and Early Summer
  • Max height: 20 ft
A white fringetree Chionanthus virginicus
Cephas A white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Native to the eastern US, Fringetree is a small, deciduous tree or a medium-sized shrub. It has a spreading, rounded crown and wide, spear-shaped foliage that turns yellow in fall. It produces a striking array of fringe-shaped, creamy white flowers that grow in drooping clusters. It also bears dark, olive-like, bluish-black fruits. It thrives in full sun or part shade and grows in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. 

2. Star Magnolia

  • magnolia kobus var. stellata
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 20 ft
Star Magnolia.
Katja Schulz Star Magnolia (magnolia stellata)

Star Magnolia is a small, deciduous, ornamental, pest-resistant tree with oblong, glossy foliage. It features large, fragrant, star-shaped flowers that cover its bare branches. Its distinctive white flowers have 25 to 30 long, ribbon-shaped petals and a pale-yellow center. This tree thrives in full sun or part shade and well-drained soil. 

3. Cassia Tree

  • cassia fistula
  • Flowering in: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 20 ft
Cassia fistula..
Mauricio Mercadante Cassia fistula

Native to Malaysia, India, and Southeast Asia, Cassia Tree is a small, semi-deciduous, upright, ornamental tree. It produces spectacular blooms of five-petaled, slightly fragrant, bright yellow flowers that grow on pendulous terminal clusters which cover the entire crown of the tree. It also features pinnate, compound leaves with ovate, lance-tipped leaflets. These somewhat drought-tolerant trees prefer to grow in full sun and average, medium-moist, well-drained soils. 

4. Iceberg Rose Tree

  • rosa spp. iceberg
  • Flowering in: Spring, Autumn, Summer
  • Max height: 4-12 ft
Iceberg Rose
T. Kiya Iceberg Rose

Iceberg Rose Tree is a disease-resistant, low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, unique tree. It produces breathtaking white flowers that bloom from spring to fall. This gorgeous flowering tree will work wonderfully as an accent or statement piece in your yard. It thrives in partial sun and all types of well-drained soils. 

5. Scarlet Wisteria

  • sesbania punicea
  • Flowering in: Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft 
Sesbania punicea
K M Sesbania punicea

Scarlet Wisteria is a medium-sized, deciduous shrub. It produces large, vivid, pea-shaped orange and red blooms that grow in dense, wisteria-shaped sprays. These blooms attract various types of bees. Scarlet Wisteria has mimosa-like foliage. This shrub grows well in part shade and full sun and needs medium-moist, well-drained soils. 

6. Red Cluster Bottlebrush Tree

  • callistemon rigidus
  • Flowering in: Late Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 10 ft
Callistemon rigidus
H. Zell Callistemon rigidus

Also known as Erect Bottlebrush, Red Cluster Bottlebrush Tree is an Australian native. It’s a medium-sized, evergreen, upright tropical shrub that produces numerous bushy, bright red stamens encircled by cylindrical spikes that resemble bottlebrushes. It has liner, narrow, lightly fragrant, dull green leaves. This tree produces beautiful blooms in full sun and moist, well-drained, fertile soils. 

7. Dwarf Bottlebrush

  • callistemon citrinus little john
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 5ft
Dwarf Bottlebrush
Tomás Del Coro Dwarf Bottlebrush

This is a dwarf, evergreen shrub that produces blood-red, bottlebrush-type flower spikes that cover its entire crown. It features a densely branched crown with blue-green foliage that has a citrus scent. This versatile, compact plant is ideal for a small garden or a mixed hedge. 

8. Golden Dewdrop Tree

  • duranta erecta
  • Flowering in: Spring to Summer
  • Max height: 8-15 ft
Duranta erecta Golden dewdrop
Forest and Kim Starr Duranta erecta (Golden dewdrop)

Also known as Sky Flower and Pigeon Berry, Golden Dewdrop is a spreading, evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to Florida. It features rounded, oval, light green leaves and drooping clusters of violet and light blue flowers. The blooms give way to yellow-orange drupes or golden dewberries. This tree thrives in fertile, moist, well-drained soils and flowers beautifully in full sun. 

9. Hibiscus

  • hibiscus rosa-sinensis
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 7-12 ft
Hibiscus rosa sinensis Hibiscus
Forest and Kim Starr Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Hibiscus)

Hibiscus is a small, durable, tropical tree that produces exotic yellow flowers. These blooms grow in small clusters or individually. Each flower has a yellow tube in the center with spiny pollen and a reddish-pink center. This tree attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It grows well in slightly acidic, well-drained, moist soils and full sun. 

10. Dwarf Poinciana Tree

  • caesalpinia pulcherrima
  • Flowering in: Spring to Summer
  • Max height: 10-12 ft
Caesalpinia pulcherrima dwarf poinciana
Forest and Kim Starr Caesalpinia pulcherrima (dwarf poinciana)

Also known as Barbados Pride, Dwarf Poinciana Tree is a fast-growing, upright shrub or small tree that is native to tropical America. It produces bright, five-petaled, bowl-shaped, orange-yellow flowers that grow in upright clusters on prickly branches decorated with bipinnate green leaves. This tree blooms wonderfully in full sun and fertile, medium-moist, well-drained soils. 

11. Peregrina

  • jatropha integerrima
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
Jatropha integerrima Peregrina
Forest and Kim Starr Jatropha integerrima (Peregrina)

Peregrina is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to Cuba. It has a narrow domed or rounded crown and multiple slender trunks. It produces clusters of star-shaped pink and red blooms. Peregrina has glossy, oval, or elliptic, large dark green leaves. It prefers to grow in well-drained soils and full sun. 

12. Oleander

  • nerium oleander
  • Flowering in: Summer to Early Fall
  • Max height: 8-12 ft
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Yay Flowering pink oleander bush

Native to the eastern Mediterranean and northern Africa, Oleander is a fast-growing, evergreen tree or shrub. It produces stunning double blossoms that come in various hues, such as white, red, pink, yellow, and coral. It also has slender, long, dark green leaves. This tree grows in well-drained soils and full sun or light shade. 

13. Little Gem Magnolia Tree

  • magnolia grandiflora little gem
  • Flowering in:Summer
  • Max height: 15-20 ft
Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem
K M Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’

Native to moist woodlands of southeastern United States, Little Gem Magnolia Tree is a broadleaf, evergreen tree with a rounded or pyramidal crown. It has attractive, evergreen, ovate, dark green leaves. This tree produces large, fragrant white flowers that give way to spherical cone-shaped fruiting clusters. It grows well in full sun to part shade and organically rich, moist, well-drained loams. 

14. White Geiger

  • cordia sebestena
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 10-15 ft
White Geiger Cordia boissieri
Steve J Sewell White Geiger (Cordia boissieri)

White Geiger is a small, low-maintenance, evergreen, wide-spreading tree. It produces striking white blooms that contrast exceptionally with its coarse green leaves. This cold-hardy, drought-tolerant tree attracts hummingbirds. It prefers to grow in full sun or minimal shade and needs well-drained, fertilized soils. 

15. Crape Jasmine

  • tabernaemontana divaricata
  • Flowering in: Spring to Fall
  • Max height: 4-15 ft
Tabernaemontana divaricata
Vengolis Tabernaemontana divaricata

Crape Jasmine is a breathtaking tree that produces large, stunning white flowers with an intense fragrance. These blooms grow in pairs or individually. This tree has dark green foliage with long leaves. It tends to thrive in well-drained soils and full sun. 

16. Bridal Wreath Spirea 

  • spiraea prunifolia
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 8-10 ft
White fence with blooming bridal wreath spirea shrub
White fence with blooming “Bridal Wreath Spirea” shrub
Yay

Bridal Wreath Spirea is a unique, elegant, and upright shrub. It features thick sprays of tiny, striking blooms that grow in clusters of three to six flowers. This medium-sized shrub has a cascading growth that is suited for spacious gardens. Bridal Wreath Spirea thrives in medium-moist, well-drained soils, and full sun. 

Tropical flowering trees in Florida

1. Royal Poinciana

  • delonix regia
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 40 ft
Royal Poinciana Delonix regia
Forest and Kim Starr Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

Royal Poinciana is a board-spreading, tropical tree with an umbrella-like, flat-topped crown. It produces beautiful orange and scarlet blooms. It has feathery, lacy, compound, mimosa-like foliage. Native to Madagascar, Royal Poinciana prefers to grow in full sun and well-drained, medium-moist soils. 

2. Hibiscus

  • hibiscus rosa-sinensis
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 7-12 ft
Hibiscus rosa sinensis Hibiscus
Forest and Kim Starr Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Hibiscus)

Hibiscus Tree is a small and durable tropical tree with large, exotic yellow blooms that grow in clusters or individually. Each of these blooms has a yellow tube in the middle with spiny pollen and reddish-pink centers. These flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This tree prefers to grow in slightly acidic, well-drained, moist soils and full sun. 

3. Powderpuff Tree

  • calliandra haematocephala
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
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Yay Pink Powderpuff

This is a fast-growing, large shrub with a wide habitat. You can also grow it as a tree by pruning it to maintain a single, sturdy trunk. It produces red, white, and pink flowers that look like soft, fluffy powder puffs. These blooms attract honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This tree thrives in full sun and part shade. 

4. African Tulip tree

  • spathodea campanulata
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 60-80 ft
African Tulip TreeSpathodea campanulata
ceasol African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

African tulips are large, fast-growing trees. They have a rounded, umbrella-like habitat. This tree features upward-facing, tulip-shaped, reddish-orange flowers that grow in dense clusters at the branch tips. These branches are adorned with pretty, evergreen, compound, pinnate leaves. African tulips bloom wonderfully in rich, moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils and full sun.

5. Bougainvillea

  • bougainvillea glabra
  • Flowering in: Spring, Summer Fall
  • Max height: 20-30 ft
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JumpStory Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a striking, versatile tree that can be grown in a planter, as ground cover, and as a fast climber for a grill. It features small, white flowers that are surrounded by bright bracts. These bracts come in a wide array of colors, including orange, pink, red, purple, magenta, light pink, and white. This tree thrives in well-drained, acidic soils and full sun.  

6. Cassia Trees

  • cassia fistula
  • Flowering in: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Max height: 20 ft
Cassia fistula..
Mauricio Mercadante Cassia fistula

Native to India, Southeast Asia, and Malaysia, Cassia is a semi-deciduous, small, upright tree. It features breathtaking, slightly fragrant, bright yellow flowers that grow on pendulous clusters and cover the entire crown. It also has a compound, pinnate leaves with ovate leaflets. This tree thrives in medium-moist, well-drained soils, and full sun. 

7. Ylang Ylang Tree

  • cananga odorata
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 60 ft
Cananga odorata.
Vinayaraj Ylang Ylang Tree (Cananga odorata).

Ylang Ylang is a delicate tree with a beautiful, canonical canopy. It features intensely fragrant, pale green blooms that grow into a darker yellow or chartreuse color before falling off. This large tree prefers to grow in full sun and fertile, well-drained soils. You can grow it as a single-yard specimen or an accent piece. 

8. Plumeria

  • plumeria rubra
  • Flowering in: Spring, Summer and Autumn
  • Max height: 20 ft

Plumeria is a tropical tree that you can grow as an ornamental shrub. It features clusters of highly fragrant, bright yellow flowers and leathery, fleshy, and elongate deep-green leaves. This shrub needs at least 6 hours of full sun daily to produce its striking blooms. It thrives in slightly acidic, fast-draining soils.

9. Bottlebrush

  • callistemon citrinus
  • Flowering in: Late Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
Bottlebrush
Yay Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush is an Australian native. It’s an evergreen, large, and upright tropical shrub. It features multiple bushy, vivid red stamens rounded in cylindrical bottlebrush-like spikes. This shrub has narrow, lance-shaped, slightly scented, elliptic green leaves. It grows and blooms abundantly in full sun and moist, fertile, and well-drained soils. 

10. Magnolia Champaca

  • michelia champaca
  • Flowering in: Spring to Summer
  • Max height: 98 ft
Michelia champaca flower
Mauricio Mercadante Michelia champaca flower

Native to China and India, Magnolia Champaca is a lofty tree with a straight trunk and cylindrical or canonical crown. It produces pretty, fragrant, light yellow blooms that turn orange as they age. It also features narrowly ovate or elliptic leaves with slightly hairy undersides. This tree grows in well-drained soils and full sun. 

11. Red Silk Cotton Tree

  • bombax ceiba
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 60-75 ft
Bombax ceiba tree
Hemant banswal Bombax ceiba tree

Native to Indo-Malaysia and China, Red Silk Cotton Tree is a large, deciduous, and spiny tree with an upright trunk and horizontal or upright branches. It produces showy orange-red flowers that grow individually or in clusters. It also features leathery, elliptic, palmate green leaves. This tree thrives in well-drained, medium-moist soils and full sun. 

12. Peregrina

  • jatropha integerrima
  • Flowering in: Spring and Summer
  • Max height: 15 ft
Jatropha integerrima Peregrina
Forest and Kim Starr Jatropha integerrima (Peregrina)

Native to Cuba, Peregrina is a small, evergreen tree with a narrow or rounded domed crown. It features many slender trunks and glossy, oval or elliptic, large, dark green leaves. It produces clusters of star-shaped pink and red blooms. Every part of this tree is toxic so keep it away from young children and pets. Grow it in full sun and well-drained soils. 

13. Vera Wood

  • bulnesia arborea
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Max height: 40 ft
Bulnesia arborea in bloom
KATHERINE WAGNER-REISS Bulnesia arborea in bloom

Vera Wood is an evergreen, tropical tree, with a large, spreading, rounded, and dense habitat and a straight trunk. It produces stunning, spatula-shaped, five-petaled, orange blooms that grow individually or in pairs. It has feather-shaped, pinnate leaves with alternate leaflets. This Columbian native tree grows well in well-drained soils. 

14. Peltophorum

  • peltophorum pterocarpum
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Max height: 65 ft
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Yay Yellow flamboyant tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum)

Peltophorum is a deciduous, fast-growing Indo-Malayan native. It produces large clusters of fragrant, bright, orange-yellow flowers. It also features large, oblong, bipinnate, dark green leaves. This tree thrives in full sun and sandy soils, but it can also grow in clay soils with good drainage.