Which Flowering Trees Thrive in Florida?

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Have you been to Florida? You should see the beautiful and magnificent trees all over. Flowering trees in Florida are an essential part of peoples’ landscapes because they make available beautiful and colorful flowers during the blooming season. Florida can grow trees which do well in temperate, subtropical, and tropical climates. Here are some of the gorgeous flowering trees that grow well in Florida.

 Trumpet Tree

With a scientific name of “tabebuia”, the trumpet tree is one of the most common flowering trees in Central Florida. It flowers a great deal during the spring season with trumpet-like purple flowers in bloom. A Trumpet Tree can grow from 12 to 18 feet high and bloom in places that are exposed to full sun, not to mention it has a high tolerance for drought. It comes in several varieties. The Yellow Trumpet Tree is quite common in the older neighborhood areas in Florida. This trumpet tree grows from 10 to 20 feet high. Another variety is the Golden Trumpet Tree, which has golden yellow flowers and grows 10 to 15 feet. The leaves have a sandpaper feel because of rough hairs on their surface. Trumpet Trees came from Brazil. Other varieties of Trumpet Trees include the Purple or Pink and Silver Trumpet Tree.

 Magnolia Tree

Magnolias are also very common flowering trees in Florida and have different varieties. The Southern Magnolia is probably the most common as it is a Florida native. This large flowering tree has big and exceptionally fragrant white flowers particularly in the latter part of spring and summer and can grow from 30 to 60 feet high.

Loblolly Tree

Another flowering tree that is native to Florida, a loblolly tree is an evergreen tree that makes a charming landscape variety. It can grow from 10 to 30 feet high. It yields petite white flowers during the summer season and is a close kin to Camellias which are in the Tea Family.

Bottlebrush Tree

These flowering trees are natives of Australia with bottlebrush flower shape. They usually bloom during warmer months. Dominantly red in color, there are also other colors such as white, pink, and purple flower specimens. The Weeping Bottlebrush, Lemon Bottlebrush, and Purple Bottlebrush all belong to this variety. Being drought tolerant, the Bottlebrush is a great tree for Florida.

Orchid Tree

Orchid trees are mostly used in Florida landscapes and can grow from 30 to 35 feet tall. Trunks are slim with arching branches covered in deciduous, two-lobed, large leaves. During the fall season, Orchid Trees are bedecked with many pleasant and showy fragrant blossoms that are 5 inches wide. The slender pink, lavender, and purple petals are positioned resembling an orchid. Generally blossoming from September to November, these flowers are a sight to behold with their splash of bright and vibrant color in Florida’s autumn landscape. This magnificent flower spectacle makes the orchid tree a favorite in flowering tree plantings.

Floss Silk Tree

This exotic looking tree has seed pods packed with white and fluffy silk, and showy pink flowers. It has one of the most distinct tree trunks in Florida as the trunk is copious with a green hue and has a bulbous shape as it matures. The  Floss Silk Tree trunk likewise comes up with remarkable spiky thorns similar to medieval weaponry. They grow fast but slow down as they age and can reach the height of 35 to 40 feet high.

Jacaranda Tree

A gorgeous flowering tree in Florida,  the Jacaranda Tree has feathery foliage with a massive bunch of deciduous purple flowers. Considered among the most beautiful flowering trees, especially during spring, it blooms in April and May. Jacaranda tree is a large tree and is best grown in a medium sized yard.

Florida is blessed with a myriad of magnificent and attractive flowering trees. Choose which among them is your favorite, plant, and enjoy.