25 Flowering Trees in Texas to Brighten Up Your Garden

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There are tons of flowering trees in Texas, either native to Texas or that have naturalized in certain regions, with incredible blooms that come back every year.

These flowering trees are stunning and add lots of beauty to any garden or yard, but they’re also a great way to attract pollinators to your garden and some produce yummy fruits too!

In this article, you’ll read about trees that can grow in every region and hardiness zone of Texas.

There are many that can grow throughout central and northern TX, but also several heat-loving varieties that will thrive in southern or western TX.

In this article we will explore twenty-five stunning flowering trees in Texas.

25 Stunning Flowering Trees To Grow in Texas

1. Texas Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)

Texas Smoke Tree
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The Texas Smoke Tree is a small tree with a big presence that can be appreciated all year long. In late spring, these trees are covered in little purple flowers with a hazy color that makes the tree look smokey.

These pink and purple flowers are small, but grow in large clusters that take over the whole crown of the tree and last all through the summer.

In early spring, the leaves begin to appear and first show up as soft pink, then turn green as spring turns to summer. As summer goes on, then become a darker, blue-green then eventually deep orange and red in the fall.

The Texas Smoke Tree is a great choice for gardeners in central TX with slightly rocky, limestone soil. However, these trees will also tolerate loamy soil and grow well in eastern or northern TX, as long as they’re grown in well-draining soil.

  • Other Common Names: American Smoke Tree, Wild Smoke Tree, Smoke Tree, Smoke Bush, Chittamwood
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 25- 30 ft tall by 20-30 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, April to May

Available at: Nature Hills

2. Utah Serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis)

Utah Serviceberry
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The Utah Serviceberry is one of many varieties of Serviceberry (Amelanchier) shrubs, this one with a particular tolerance for heat and drought.

It’s native to the southwest U.S., commonly growing in the wild or as landscaping in Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and western Texas. It grows very well in the arid climate of western TX, but can also grow further east in dry, rocky, and sandy soil.

The Utah Serviceberry blooms with little white, slightly pink flowers that blossom in large clusters all along the branches, making the shrub seem like it’s covered with snow. The flowers bloom in late spring and stay on until early summer.

It’s a great pick for gardens since it attracts lots of pollinators and produces fruits similar to apples that ripen in the summer! Also, this small tree can be an ornamental shrub or grown with others to form a hedge.

  • Other Common Names: Pale Leaved Serviceberry, Western Serviceberry
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, April to May

3. Okame Cherry Blossom (Prunus campanulata)

Okame Cherry Blossom Trees
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It might not seem possible to grow a Cherry Blossom in Texas, but, fortunately, there are several heat-tolerant Cherry Blossom varieties!

The Okame Cherry Blossom is one of these and it’s a complete show-stopper. This Cherry Blossom has bright pink flowers with deep pink-red centers. In mid spring, the flowers completely take over the tree and release a strong, sweet fragrance.

These trees can grow almost anywhere in TX, as they have a high tolerance for heat and are really adaptable to any kind of soil.

Okame are also fairly cold hardy, so growers in northern TX with cold winters can still grow these! Okame trees just can’t grow in zone 10, the southern tip of the state.

Along with amazing flowers in the spring, Okame has bright orange fall foliage. Gorgeous year round and easy to care for, it’s clear why Okame received the Award of Garden Merit.

  • Other Common Names: Taiwan Cherry, Prunus Okame, Okame Cherry
  • Growing Zones: 6-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 20-25 ft tall by 15-20 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, March to April

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

4. Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia lunarioides)

Bauhinia, Orchid Tree, Mountain Ebony (Bauhinia variegata)
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The flowers of the Anacacho Orchid Tree have a tropical look and are a delight in any garden. The large, tube-shaped flowers are bright pink with hints of purple. They’re very fragrant and grow all over the branches.

Anacacho Orchid is native to northeastern Mexico and southwestern U.S, so it’s a great pick for growers in southern TX. This tree has a high heat and drought tolerance and is one of the few from this list that can grow all the way to the southern tip of Texas.

This tree is usually found growing in canyons and rocky hillsides. It grows best with rough, limestone soil and is a fast grower in these conditions.

Its gorgeous flowers make this tree a top pick for landscaping, plus it’s normally disease and pest free. You can easily train an Anacacho Orchid to grow as a large shrub or small tree.

  • Other Common Names: Purple Orchid Tree, Orchid Tree, Ebony Wood, Mountain Ebony, Camel’s Foot Tree
  • Growing Zones: 9-11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 20-35 ft tall by 20-35 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, March to April

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees

5. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida L.)

Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida - inflorescence VS leaves - GA Red Mtn State Park 2021-04-06
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Flowering Dogwood trees have large flowers, 3 to 4 inches across, that are soft white and stay on the tree all spring long.

In March, the flowers blossom before the leaves appear, then in the summer the tree produces bright orange fruits. In the fall, the leaves turn dark maroon, almost purple and add another season of interest to this beautiful tree!

Flowering Dogwood is a great choice for landscaping since it’s a fairly small tree- it can even be grown in a container- and it doesn’t need any yearly pruning.

Plus, Flowering Dogwood likes partial shade, so it can fill that shady corner where other plants won’t grow.

These trees grow well in eastern TX, but really can grow anywhere in the state with fertile and well-draining soil. Flowering Dogwood is also deer resistant!

  • Other Common Names: American Box, Blood Twig Dogwood, Common White Dogwood, Eastern Flowering Dogwood, North American Green Osier
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-30 ft tall by 15-30 ft wide
  • Season: Spring

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

6. Adams Crabapple (Malus ‘Adams’)

Crabapple tree flowering
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The flowers of the Adams Crabapple, one of many types of Crabapple, are fuschia pink and grow all down the branches, covering the tree in a cloud of pink when they bloom.

After the flowers come the crabapples, the fruit of these trees. They’re small red fruits that begin to form in the summer and ripen in the fall, accompanied by orange fall foliage.

Because of their amazing flowers, these trees are loved in gardens and landscaping.

They’re also highly disease resistant and really easy to care for. However, be aware that all parts of the tree are toxic and pets should be kept away!

Crabapple trees are most common in central TX, but they can grow in most parts of the state other than the southern coastal plains.

They grow best in fertile, well-draining soil and are drought resistant once established.

  • Other Common Names: Crabapple
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-20 ft tall by 15-20 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, March to May

7. Evereste Crabapple (Malus ‘Evereste’)

Everest Crabapple flowering
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This is another variety of Crabapple that grows in a similar way, yet with lighter, pale pink blossoms. These flowers bloom from bright pink buds dotted along the branches and open in late spring, covering the tree in a light pink fluff.

The Evereste Crabapple also produces crabapples that ripen in the fall and stay on the tree into the winter. In the fall, this tree’s foliage turns golden yellow and orange.

Evereste Crabapple is a great choice for any garden or landscaping. It’s a small tree that can fit into any small garden and grows very quickly with fertile, well-draining soil. It’s also the most disease resistant variety of Crabapples.

Also, after a few years Evereste Crabapples develop a tolerance against droughts. They can handle air pollution, making them a great choice for urban gardens plus they release a sweet smell when the flowers bloom.

It is not just Crabapples that have beautiful flowers, there are plenty of apple tree varieties that also provide stunning floral displays.

  • Other Common Names: Crabapple, Crabapple Evereste, Malus Perpetu
  • Growing Zones: 4-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-20 ft tall by 15-20 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, May

8. Merlot Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. ’Merlot’)

Merlot Redbud is another pink flowering tree, with small, dark pink blooms in clusters along the branches. They bloom in mid spring, before the leaves start to grow and typically last two to three weeks.

The Merlot Redbud is another type of redbud tree that is small in stature and grows like a shrub and can be trained to be a large shrub or hedge.

It’s also great for small yards or to be grown in a container on a patio. Merlot Redbud can also be an understory tree to layer with larger trees in your garden.

This tree can grow almost anywhere in Texas, except for the far south and western parts of the state where the conditions are too arid. Merlot Redbud grows in fertile soil, but it has a high drought tolerance.

The name of this variety of Redbud comes from the deep purple, almost black foliage that stays on the tree year round.

  • Other Common Names: Eastern Redbud ‘Merlot’
  • Growing Zones: 6-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 9-12 ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, March to April

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

9. Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis)

Desert Willow flowering
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Desert Willow trees have large trumpet flowers that range from light purple to pink, with an intense pink color on the tips of the petals.

These flowers bloom in large clusters at the ends of the branches and will stay on the tree until fall.

When they bloom, the flowers have a strong floral scent which attracts many pollinators, especially hummingbirds and bumblebees.

Generally, this tree doesn’t need to be watered, but extra watering during the summer can help make the blooms last.

Desert Willows are super easy to grow and can be planted anywhere in Texas except for the far north.

These trees are drought resistant, heat tolerant, and fast growing. They can also grow in almost any soil conditions and can actually be used for erosion control.

Desert Willows tend to grow in a shrub form with multiple trunks, but they can be pruned to become a small tree.

  • Other Common Names: Flowering Willow, Willowleaf Catalpa, Desert Catalpa, Flor de Mimbre, Mimbre, Bow Willow, Jano, False Willow
  • Growing Zones: 7-11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-30 ft tall by 10-20 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, April to May

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

10. Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum sanctum)

Lignum Vitae
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Lignum Vitae has an incredible show of white and violet flowers that bloom in large clusters. These flowers actually stay on the tree all year long, with a peak of new blooms in the spring!

Lignum Vitae is a shrub-like tree that often grows with multiple trunks. It’s a desert and heat-loving tree that will only grow in southern TX and it’s a real treat for gardeners who can grow it.

In the summer, the tree produces bright orange seed pods that add another element to its beauty. These seeds aren’t edible for humans, but many wildlife like to eat them.

The resin of this tree has medicinal values and is used for treating rheumatism, arthritis, and general skin problems. All of its beauty and benefits- no wonder it’s called the Tree of Life! (Lignum vitae is latin for “tree of life.”)

  • Other Common Names: Holywood, Holywood Lignum-vitae
  • Growing Zones: 10-11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 10-30 ft tall by 8-12 ft wide
  • Season: Winter,Spring, Summer, Fall

11. Pawpaw Tree (Asimina triloba)

Pawpaw flowering
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Pawpaw Tree flowers have a really unique and peculiar look that add ornamental beauty to this fruit tree!

The flowers are cup shaped with petals that fold out, similar to a rose. They’re colored dark pink or purple, darker at the center, and bloom in mid spring on buds dotted along the branches.

These are followed by the edible and really yummy Pawpaw fruits! These fruits look like smaller, compact bananas and turn black when they’re fully mature.

Although Pawpaw trees aren’t technically banana trees, their fruits taste very similar and can be used in all the same ways.

Pawpaw Trees can grow pretty much anywhere in Texas as long as there’s moist and well-draining soil. These trees are great to grow along streams or ponds, since they love wet soil.

These small trees are great for any garden and would be perfect understory level for a food forest!

  • Other Common Names: Papaw, Custard Apple, False Banana, Indian Banana, Wild Banana
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-30 ft tall by 15-30 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, April to May; Fruits in late Summer

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

12. Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)

texas mountain laurel flowering
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The flowers on Texas Mountain Laurel grow in large, drooping clusters that dangle from the tree and last all spring into summer.

They range from light purple to deep blue and violet and have a strong fragrance that smells like grape flavoring!

This tree is a Texas native yet it’s pretty rare to find growing wild. It mostly grows in central TX, in the limestone soil, although it can grow well on rocky soils in eastern or western TX.

Texas Mountain Laurel is commonly grown for landscaping, because of its amazing flowers but also its compact size that makes it practical for any yard.

Despite the name, it’s not related to the Mountain Laurel tree. Many Native American or indigenous Mexican peoples use the beans, along with mescal, in ceremonies, which is where its other name “Mescal Bean” comes from.

  • Other Common Names: Mescalbean, Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean Sophora, Frijolillo, Frijolito
  • Growing Zones: 7-10
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-25 ft tall by 8-10 ft wide
  • Season: Spring

13. Eastern Wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus var. ‘atropurpureus’)

Eastern Wahoo flowering
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Eastern Wahoo’s floral display comes a bit late, in late spring to early summer, but is well worth the wait.

These tiny flowers are dark purple and maroon, and bloom in large clusters of 10 to 20 flowers, which last on the tree for about one month.

The colorful flowers are followed by pale pink or purple seed pods that darken as they mature, eventually turning maroon.

When they’re ripe, they split open and reveal dark red colored seeds. This tree shows lots of color all year long!

Eastern Wahoo is a large shrub that grows really easily in central and northern TX. It prefers to grow in partial shade, but can tolerate full shade.

You can plant many Eastern Wahoo trees together to form a hedge or natural fence, as these dense shrubs make great privacy trees.

  • Other Common Names: Burning Bush, Wahoo, Waahoo, Spindle Tree
  • Growing Zones: 3-7
  • Average Size at Maturity: 12-20 ft tall by 15-25 ft wide
  • Season: Spring- Summer, May to June

14. Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli L.)

The flowers of the Cockspur Hawthorn are pale yellow to white with a darker yellow center. They’re quite large flowers that open up in a cup shape and grow rapidly in clusters, covering the tree.

Unfortunately, these amazing flowers only last for about one to two weeks. Although, this may be for the best- many people say the smell of these flowers is really unpleasant.

Cockspur Hawthorn is a thorny tree with a round and dense crown, with many low drooping branches.

After its flowers, the tree produces edible, small red fruits in the summer that resemble pomegranates. Then in the fall, its leaves turn dark orange to scarlet red.

  • Other Common Names: Cockspur Thorn, Newcastle Hawthorn, Newcastle Thorn, Hogapple
  • Growing Zones: 4-7
  • Average Size at Maturity: 25-35 ft tall by 25-35 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, May

15. Texas Wild Olive (Cordia boissieri)

Texas Wild Olive flowering
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Despite its name, Texas Wild Olive isn’t actually an olive tree- although there are several olive trees you can grow in Texas! Generally, olive trees don’t produce very showy flowers.

On the other hand, the Texas Wild Olive has beautiful trumpet flowers that look similar to hibiscus flowers.

They’re white with a yellow center and will last on the tree all summer as long as the tree gets enough water.

This evergreen tree is native to western TX and northern Mexico and grows well all along the southern border of the state. It’s often grown in gardens for its wonderful flowers.

In the summer, it produces a white fruit that’s similar to a plum and is completely edible. It’s sometimes used to make jellies, but also wildlife really love the fruit!

  • Other Common Names: Anacahuite, Mexican-Olive, Wild Olive, Anacahuita
  • Growing Zones: 10-11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 20-25 ft tall by 15 ft wide
  • Season: Spring to Summer, May to June

16. Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii)

Roughleaf Dogwood - Nature Hills Lyrae Willis
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Roughleaf Dogwood blooms with lots of tiny, yellow-white flowers that bloom in flat, circular clusters.

These clusters are borne at the end of the branches and will attract lots of butterflies to your garden!

After these flowers, Roughleaf Dogwood produces fruits with small white berries in the summer. In the fall, the leaves turn dark red and almost purple.

Roughleaf Dogwood is a low maintenance tree that grows in well-draining and moist soil, especially well along streams or in bogs.

This small tree grows in a shrub form with a wide-spreading, dense crown. This makes it a great plant for creating a hedge or a natural fence.

  • Other Common Names: Drummond’s Dogwood, Cornus priceae, Roughleaf
  • Growing Zones: 5-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 6-15 ft tall by 6-15 ft wide
  • Season: Spring to Summer, March to June

Available at: Nature Hills

17. Leatherwood (Cyrilla racemiflora)

Leatherwood flowering
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Leatherwood trees have really unique white flowers, with feather-like blooms that grow in clusters 3 to 6 inches across and spread out like a burst. These highly fragrant flowers last on the tree into mid summer.

The flowers attract lots of pollinators, however these flowers are not liked by beekeepers. The nectar or pollen from these flowers can cause “purple brood” for baby bees and disrupt growth.

When young, Leatherwood grows like a large shrub, but it becomes more slender over time and forms into a tree in maturity. In the fall, its leaves turn bright orange.

Leatherwood is native to the southeast U.S., so it grows really well in eastern TX. This tree really likes wet soil but will also grow in dense, loamy soil. It’s very tolerant of flooding and grows best in coastal regions.

  • Other Common Names: Titi, Swamp Titi, Black Titi, White Titi, Swamp Cyrilla, Burnwood Bark, Palo Colorado
  • Growing Zones: 5-11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 8-30 ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
  • Season: Spring

18. Texas Persimmon (Diospyros texana)

Texas Persimmon tree
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The Texas Persimmon is a fruit tree native to Texas that also has a wonderful floral display.

The large, bell-shaped white flowers grow both in clusters or individually over the tree. When in bloom, they have a strong, sweet fragrance.

The fruits begin in the summer but are ripe in October or November, when they’re the sweetest.

The American Persimmon tree produces bright orange fruits that we normally associate with Persimmons, but Texan persimmons are dark purple, almost black!

In the fall, as the fruits mature, the leaves turn pink then dark red and purple.

The Texas Persimmon is really easy to grow and is adaptable to many soil types. It’s a great option for an edible garden, but also as an ornamental flowering tree.

Just know that its sweet fruits attract lots of wildlife!

  • Other Common Names: Texan Persimmon, Southern Persimmon
  • Growing Zones: 4-10
  • Average Size at Maturity: 35-60 ft tall by 25-35 ft wide
  • Season: Flowers in Spring, May: Fruits in Fall

19. Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava)

yellow buckeye flowering
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The Yellow Buckeye is a large tree with a full and round crown. Its flowers aren’t super showy, but rather add a layer of color to its crown.

In mid to late spring, it blooms with greenish yellow 6 inch panicle flowers- blooms that spread and branch out. The flowers often blend in with the leaves and aren’t seen from afar, but make the crown have a lighter yellow color.

Then in the fall, the leaves turn yellow and the whole head of the tree becomes golden. At its mature height, Yellow Buckeye is a great shade tree.

Yellow Buckeye is quite easy to grow and is one of the most disease resistant Buckeye types. It

can thrive in northern, central, and eastern TX and grows best in moist and loamy soil.

  • Other Common Names: Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus octandra
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 50-70 ft tall by 30-50 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, March to May

Available at: Nature Hills

20. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

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Witch Hazel trees have really distinct flowers that add lots of interest to your garden on their own, plus they’re one of the few that bloom in the fall and stay into the winter!

These flowers have stringy yellow petals that grow in clusters all over the branches. In the fall, Witch Hazel leaves turn yellow then after they drop, the flowers blossom and release a sweet fragrance.

Witch Hazel is really easy to grow, with no specific soil needs and thriving in full sun. It grows as a large shrub and would be great for hedges or privacy walls.

If you’ve ever seen Witch Hazel as a skincare product or as an ingredient in products- it comes from this tree! The bark of this tree can be boiled into an extract which is used for healing skin blemishes.

  • Other Common Names: Virginian Witch Hazel, American Witch Hazel, Snapping Hazel Nut, Spotted Alder, Winter Bloom
  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-20 ft tall by 15-20 ft wide
  • Season: Fall to Winter

Available at: Nature Hills

21. Jerusalem Thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata)

Jerusalem thorn flowering
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Jerusalem Thorn flowers are long and droopy and bright yellow. They grow in clusters all over the tree and, when in bloom, cover the tree’s crown in a yellow fuzz.

They bloom as temperatures warm, although they’ll sometimes bloom again after warm summer rains.

This tree thrives in heat and can grow all over the southern parts of the state, although it can grow north up to Dallas. It grows best in moist, well-draining soil.

Jerusalem Thorn has a slightly weeping form, with a full crown and branches that drape down. The drooping branches are thorny and have long, thin green leaves.

This tree produces edible seeds that are commonly used by Native Americans, ground up and used as flour.

  • Other Common Names: Retama, Paloverde, Mexican Paloverde
  • Growing Zones: 8-11
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-20 ft tall by 20-25 ft wide
  • Season: Spring

22. Black Willow (Salix nigra)

Black Willow tree
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Black Willow trees bloom with small, fluffy flowers that are pale green to white. When they’re in full bloom the tree is covered in these flowers and makes the crown look fuzzy. The male and female flowers grow on separate trees but look very similar.

Black Willow trees can grow all over Texas and are found growing near streams or rivers, as they really like wet soil. They’re related to Weeping Willows and have a slightly weeping shape.

In the fall, all its leaves turn bright yellow. Black Willow wood is fairly weak, which makes it susceptible to wind and storm damage, exposing the tree to diseases.

Interestingly, Black Willow bark contains salicylic acid which is the primary ingredient in aspirin!

  • Other Common Names: Gulf Willow, Swamp Willow, Sauz
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 30-60 ft tall by 30-60 ft wide
  • Season: Spring

Available at: Nature Hills

23. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

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The Mountain Laurel, different species from the Texas Mountain Laurel earlier in this list, has a stunning floral display of pink flowers. The tiny flowers grow in clusters from a single bud and grow out, like a burst.

The bursts are dark pink at the center and cover the small tree in shades of pink. The flowers stay on the branches for several weeks into the summer. In the fall, the foliage turns dark purple.

Mountain Laurel trees have more of a shrub form, usually growing with multiple trunks. They’re often grown as ornamental shrubs, especially since they can tolerate partial shade and can be layered with larger trees.

Mountain Laurel trees are deer resistant because all parts of the tree are toxic- so pets should be kept away!

  • Other Common Names: Calico Bush, Spoonwood Tree, Ivy Bush, American Laurel
  • Growing Zones: 4-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 5-15 ft tall by 5-15 ft wide
  • Season: Spring, May

Available at: Nature Hills

24. Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

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Mimosa trees have a tropical look that’s very unique and has made these iconic landscaping trees.

They have large, fern-like green leaves that create a widespread canopy and light, fluffy pink flowers.

When the hot pink flowers bloom, they look like small puff balls dotted across the top of the tree’s crown.

They bloom in early summer and stay on the tree all summer, attracting pollinators and creating summer vibes all season long.

They prefer moist, well-draining soil and grow best in eastern TX in the coastal regions. However, Mimosa trees can grow in most parts of Texas as they tolerate different types of soil and just need lots of sun!

  • Other Common Names: Silk Tree, Bastard Tamarind, Nemu Tree, Acacia julibrissin
  • Growing Zones: 6-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 20-40 ft tall by 20-40 ft wide
  • Season: Summer, May to June

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

25. Peach (Prunus persica)

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Lastly, the classic Peach tree that many people love for their juicy fruits, but not as many people know how beautiful their blooms are!

Peach blossoms are light pink to white, although sometimes they can have a purple tint too. The tiny flowers bloom all over the branches, with a similar effect that cherry blossoms have- but Texas style!

The blooms typically only last for two weeks, however there are some varieties of Peach trees that have been bred to be more ornamental and have longer lasting blossoms.

After the blossoms, peaches begin to form in late spring to early summer, and are ripe by mid summer. If you’re growing a Peach tree for the fruits, remember to prune your tree yearly to increase the fruit yields!

Peach trees aren’t very cold hardy, so growers in north TX with more intense winters should be careful.

  • Other Common Names: Nectarine Tree
  • Growing Zones: 5-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 15-25 ft tall by 15-25 ft wide
  • Season: Flowers in Spring, Fruits in Summer

Available at: Nature Hills & Fast-Growing-Trees

Comparing Texas Flowering Tree Varieties

VarietyDescriptionGrowing ZonesAverage Size at Maturity
Texas Smoke TreeKnown for its purple flowers and hazy appearance. Leaves turn from pink to blue-green, then orange-red in fall.4-825-30 ft tall x 20-30 ft wide
Utah ServiceberryFeatures white/pink flowers. Thrives in arid climate of western TX, adaptable to rocky soils.4-810-15 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide
Okame Cherry BlossomBright pink flowers with high heat tolerance, adaptable to various Texas soils.6-920-25 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide
Anacacho Orchid TreeTropical-looking bright pink flowers. Native to northeastern Mexico and southwestern U.S.9-1120-35 ft tall x 20-35 ft wide
Flowering DogwoodLarge soft white flowers, orange fruits, and dark maroon fall foliage. Suitable for eastern TX.5-915-30 ft tall x 15-30 ft wide
Adams CrabappleFuschia pink flowers and small red fruits. Common in central TX, adaptable to different soils.4-815-20 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide
Evereste CrabappleLight pink blossoms and golden yellow fall foliage. Highly disease resistant and adaptable to drought.4-815-20 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide
Merlot RedbudDark pink blooms and deep purple foliage. Compact size suitable for small yards. Adaptable to various Texas regions.6-99-12 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide
Desert Willow TreeLarge pink to purple flowers, highly drought resistant, suitable for Texas climates.7-1115-30 ft tall x 10-20 ft wide
Lignum VitaeWhite and violet flowers, native to western TX and northern Mexico. Produces bright orange seed pods.10-1110-30 ft tall x 8-12 ft wide
Pawpaw TreeUnique pink/purple flowers and edible banana-like fruits. Moist soil lover, great for understory planting.5-915-30 ft tall x 15-30 ft wide
Texas Mountain LaurelDrooping clusters of light purple to deep blue flowers with a grape-like fragrance.7-1015-25 ft tall x 8-10 ft wide
Eastern WahooMaroon and purple flowers in late spring. Attractive pink or purple seed pods in fall. Adaptable to partial shade.3-712-20 ft tall x 15-25 ft wide
Cockspur HawthornPale yellow to white flowers with dark yellow center. Thorny tree with edible red fruits.4-725-35 ft tall x 25-35 ft wide
Texas Wild OliveTrumpet-like white flowers with a yellow center, similar to hibiscus. Native to western TX and northern Mexico.10-1120-25 ft tall x 15 ft wide
Roughleaf DogwoodYellow-white flowers in circular clusters, white berries in summer. Adaptable to moist and well-draining soil.5-86-15 ft tall x 6-15 ft wide
LeatherwoodWhite feather-like blooms attracting pollinators. Native to the southeastern U.S. Suitable for eastern TX.5-118-30 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide
Texas PersimmonBell-shaped white flowers and dark purple fruits. Adaptable to various Texas soil types. Attracts wildlife.4-1035-60 ft tall x 25-35 ft wide
Yellow BuckeyeGreenish-yellow flowers, golden fall foliage. Shade tree suitable for moist, loamy soil.3-850-70 ft tall x 30-50 ft wide
Witch HazelStringy yellow petals, blooms in fall/winter. Adaptable and easy to grow. Useful for skincare products.3-815-20 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide
Jerusalem ThornLong droopy bright yellow flowers. Thrives in heat and moist, well-draining soil. Produces edible seeds used as flour.8-1115-20 ft tall x 20-25 ft wide
Black WillowSmall fluffy pale green to white flowers. Grows near water sources, slightly weeping shape.4-930-60 ft tall x 30-60 ft wide
Mountain LaurelPink clusters of flowers and dark purple fall foliage. Shrub-like growth, adaptable to partial shade.4-95-15 ft tall x 5-15 ft wide
MimosaTropical appearance with fluffy pink flowers. Adaptable to various Texas regions, especially eastern coastal plains.6-920-40 ft tall x 20-40 ft wide
PeachLight pink to white blossoms, sometimes with a purple tint. Fast-growing, great for fruit harvesting.5-915-25 ft tall x 15-25 ft wide

Abundant and Beautiful Blooms

The range of flowering trees that grow in Texas is just as diverse as the state is- with a huge range of climates, wildlife, cultures, and people!

Some of these trees are very showy, others more subtle. Flowers that are pink, purple, yellow, or white, or a dreamy blend of colors.

I hope that this article showed you how many amazing flowering trees you can grow in Texas and gave you the inspiration to get growing!

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Peyton Warmack-Chipman

Environmental Politics & Permaculture Enthusiast

Peyton considers trees not just as plants that provide shade or yummy fruits, but as necessary for a healthy life and community. Peyton has done most of her research on environmental politics, but recently has shifted her focus towards actual agricultural practices, learning about ideas like agroforestry, food forests, and permaculture gardening. She's most often in the kitchen whipping something up, but otherwise can be found on long bike rides or doing research.

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