6 Beautiful Pink Flowering Trees in Texas

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For me, one of the most lovely and reassuring parts of spring is seeing all the flowers in bloom.

Feeling the air get warmer and seeing fresh blossoms everywhere is the surest sign that we’re done with chilly winter months.

Growing a tree with magnificent blooms means you get to enjoy its beauty everyday, without having to go very far!

The trees listed below all have a full flush of blossoms when they’re in season and will continue to for years.

Luckily, most of the trees listed here can grow anywhere in the state! Texas is USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10 and most of these trees grow from 5 to 9.

Whether you’re considering a flowering tree for your landscaping, garden, or even patio plants, these six pink flowering trees are sure to please!

6 Pink Flowering Trees that Grow Well in Texas

1. Crabapple Tree (Malus ‘Adams’)

Crabapple tree flowering
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Crabapple trees are considered a wild variety of apple trees and they grow naturally all over Texas!

There are many species of Malus trees that are called crabapple and each variety has a slightly different look.

Crabapple blooms are bright fuschia and cover the canopy in a pink fluff.

The buds grow individually all along the branches so the tree is full when it’s in bloom. Crabapple trees continue to bloom from March to May!

Then, in the fall their edible fruits ripen and their leaves turn a deep orange-red color.

These trees are medium-sized with a rounded crown and can fit comfortably in most yards.

Crabapples are commonly grown in landscaping because of their beauty but also because they’re really easy to grow!

Crabapple trees are highly disease resistant and become drought resistant once they’re mature. They can grow in any part of Texas except for the far south.

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

2. Okame Cherry Blossom (Prunus campanulata)

Okame Cherry Blossom Trees
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Cherry blossom trees are traditionally associated with Japan, but did you know that they grow in Texas too? There are several varieties of cherry blossoms that can thrive in Texas!

The flowers on Okame Cherry trees are bright pink with a dark, almost red center. On top of their vibrant beauty, these flowers smell extremely sweet and fresh.

Okame Cherry Blossoms are particularly great for Texas because they require less chill-hours to bloom. They also adapt easily to many types of soil, including sandy, clay, loamy.

Okame trees are tolerant of heat and cold, so they can grow comfortably almost anywhere in the state.Unfortunately, they won’t grow in the far south where it’s too hot.

These blooms cover the tree’s canopy only for a few weeks, sometimes just one or two! After the flowers, dark green leaves emerge which eventually turn bright orange in the fall.

  • 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

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3. Texas Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)

Texas Smoke Tree
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The Texas Smoke tree is stunning because of its unique flowers that give it a smoky look. Its flowers are very tiny so rather than seeing many flowers, you see a hazy pink mass shrouding the tree.

Although the faded-pink flowers are small, they grow in large clusters all over the tree. These flowers blossom in the spring and stay on the tree all through the summer!

Texas Smoke trees leaves add another layer of beauty to this tree. In the spring, the leaves also appear soft pink before they mature to blue-green during the summer. Then, in the fall they turn rusty orange and red.

Texas Smoke trees are fairly small and round with a wide-spread crown. They’re also considered large shrubs because of their size and several trunks.

They grow best from eastern to central Texas and in limestone soil, but these trees are strong and adaptable.

  • 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

4. Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis)

Desert Willow
Image by Tracie Hall via Flickr

The beautiful Desert Willow is a versatile yet easy-to-grow tree and it’s a Texas native. It has year-long beauty and attracts tons of pollinators!

Their flowers are large and trumpet-shaped, blooming in large clusters at the tips of the branches.

The flowers are light pink with darker tips, sometimes more of a violet shade. All pollinators love these fragrant flowers, but bumblebees and hummingbirds in particular!

The Desert Willow is a small tree/ deciduous shrub which makes it easy to work into landscaping or gardening plans.

Desert Willows are often pruned to be either more tree-shaped or kept small to form a hedge.

These easy-going trees are adaptable to many soil types and grow very fast!

They’re highly drought resistant and can tolerate Texas summers. However, they will thrive with extra water throughout the summer to support the flowers and allow them to bloom into the fall!

  • 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: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

5. Harvester Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Harvester’)

Peach trees are one of the favorite fruit trees in the south obviously for their juicy fruits, but also because of their gorgeous blooms!

If you’ve never seen peach tree blossoms, you’ll be amazed!

I really believe that peach tree blossoms have the same powerful beauty as cherry tree blossoms. Their soft, fluffy flowers are bright pink and cover the whole tree. They’re also highly fragrant.

The Harvester Peach is a dwarf variety so it can fit into any landscaping or even be grown in a pot.

Plus, this variety is self-fertile so you only need one! This makes maintenance and harvesting much easier.

Harvest Peach trees tolerate both high temperatures and humidity, ideal for central and southern TX climates.

Peach trees can grow anywhere in Texas- they’ll thrive with partial or full sun and grow in any soil type.

Harvester Peach is named for its bountiful harvest!

  • Other Common Names: Peach ‘Harvester’
  • Growing Zones: 6-9
  • Average Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft tall by 5-10 ft wide
  • Season: Flowers in late spring; Fruits in late summer

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees

6. Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

Mimosa tree flowering
Image by Andreas Rockstein via Flickr

Unfortunately, no, mimosas don’t grow from this tree. But, beautiful pink flowers do and that’s still something to celebrate!

Mimosa trees have a very tropical look, with their fern-like leaves and low, broad canopy.

Just above the bright green leaves are their fluffy, Dr. Seuss-like pink flowers. These flowers blossom on top of the leaves and are dotted along the canopy.

The flowers bloom in early summer and stay on the tree until fall. These sweet flowers attract many pollinators!

Mimosa trees thrive in full sun and can grow almost anywhere in Texas. They grow best in the coastal climate of eastern TX, but can grow in any region as long as they get enough moisture.

You can grow a Mimosa tree in almost any soil type. With lots of sun and water, these trees will be happy for years to come!

  • 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: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

Comparing Texas Pink Flowering Tree Varieties

VarietyDescriptionGrowing ZonesAverage Size at Maturity
CrabappleKnown for bright fuschia blooms covering the canopy in spring (Mar-May). Medium-sized tree with rounded crown.4-815-20 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide
Okame CherryFeatures vibrant pink flowers with dark centers, blooming in spring (Mar-Apr).6-920-25 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide
Texas SmokeUnique for its hazy pink mass of tiny flowers in spring and summer (Apr-May). Leaves turn from pink to blue-green in summer, then rusty orange-red in fall.4-825-30 ft tall x 20-30 ft wide
Desert WillowTexas native with large, trumpet-shaped, light pink flowers attracting pollinators like bumblebees and hummingbirds.7-1115-30 ft tall x 10-20 ft wide
Harvester PeachProduces beautiful bright pink, fragrant blossoms in late spring, followed by fruits in late summer.6-910-15 ft tall x 5-10 ft wide
Mimosa TreeTropical appearance with fern-like leaves and fluffy pink flowers in summer (May-Jun).6-920-40 ft tall x 20-40 ft wide

Bring on Springtime

Once you’ve lived somewhere with lots of flowering trees, you start to love spring in a new way.

You start to anticipate the season and it’s so exciting once you see the flower buds appearing on the branches.

Even if you just plant one flowering tree, the beauty that this brings to your home is incredible! All the joy of sitting outside in the sun or playing in the backyard is amplified.

Along with these gorgeous pink flowering trees, there are many species in Texas with yellow, white, and purple flowers.

The Magnolia tree is another option that grows in many parts of Texas and comes in many different colored flowers.

No reason to stop with just one! I hope this short article inspired you to use one of these six for your next landscaping project!

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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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