Sally Scalera

Brevard County Horticulture Extension Agent
3695 Lake Drive -- Cocoa FL 32926 -- 321-633-1702

Blooming trees in the landscape

July 17, 2010

Have you noticed some gorgeous, yellow blooming trees scattered throughout the county right now? They are large trees, both in height and width, and they provide a lot of shade. They are Yellow Poinciana and have the scientific name (Peltorphorum dubium). Since our weather trend has been hot and dry my love for shade trees grows stronger. Just think about it, when you get flowers and shade together, that just makes everything a little bit cooler and prettier. Here are some other flowering trees that you could add to your landscape this summer.

Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) small native deciduous tree, 12-20 feet tall, 10-15 foot spread, white flowers in the spring, full sun to shade, prefers acid soils, attracts birds, very cold tolerant.

Coral bean (Erythrina herbacea) small native deciduous tree, 5-15 feet tall, 4-8 foot spread, red flowers in the spring, full sun to partial shade, well-drained soils, salt tolerant, attracts hummingbirds, tolerates a wide range of pH, cold and drought tolerant.

Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana) small native semi-evergreen tree, small yellow puff-like flowers year round, flowers are very fragrant, 12-18 feet tall and wide, small thorns on trunk, attracts birds, high drought and salt tolerant.

Purple tabebuia (Tabebuia impetiginosa) small deciduous tree, purple flowers in the spring, 12-18 feet tall, 10-15 foot spread, full sun, high drought tolerance.

Yellow elder (Tecoma stans) small evergreen tree, yellow flowers year round, 20-30 feet tall and wide, full sun, high drought tolerance.

White Geiger tree (Cordia boissieri) small evergreen tree, white flowers year round, 15-20 feet tall, 10-15 foot spread, attracts birds, full sun, high drought and salt tolerant, cold hardy.

Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) small evergreen tree, red flowers spring through summer, 10-15 feet tall and wide, attracts hummingbirds, full sun, high drought tolerance, hardiest of all Callistemon.

Weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) small evergreen tree, red flowers spring through summer, 15-20 feet tall and wide, full sun, high drought tolerance.

Peregina (Jatropha integerrima) small evergreen tree, red flowers all year long, 10-15 tall and wide, full sun to full shade, attracts butterflies, cold weather will kill it back to the ground but it will grow back from the roots, produces poisonous seeds.

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) small to medium size deciduous tree, lavender, pink, purple, red or white flowers spring through the summer, 10-30 feet tall and 15-25 foot wide, full sun, prune every winter for better flowering, high drought tolerance, extremely cold tolerant, many cultivars available which range in height and color of blooms.

Golden trumpet tree (Tabebuia chrysotricha) medium deciduous tree, yellow flowers in the spring, 25-35 feet tall and wide, full sun, medium drought tolerance, cold hardy.

Silver trumpet tree (Tabebuia caraiba) medium deciduous tree, yellow flowers in the spring, 15-25 feet tall, 10-15 foot spread, full sun, cold tolerant, high drought and salt tolerance.

Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) medium deciduous tree, lavender or purple flowers in the spring and the flowers are fragrant too, 25-40 feet tall, 45-60 foot wide, full sun, high drought tolerance, cold tolerant.

Golden shower (Cassia fistula) medium deciduous tree, yellow flowers in the summer, 30-40 feet tall and wide, moderate salt and drought tolerance.

Yellow Poinciana (Peltophorum dubium) large semi-evergreen tree, yellow fragrant flowers in the summer, 40-50 feet tall and 35-50 foot spread, full sun.

Floss silk tree (Chorisia speciosa) medium deciduous tree, pink and white flowers in the fall and winter, 35-50 feet tall and 40-55 foot wide, full sun, cold tolerant.

Geiger tree (Cordia sebestena) native medium evergreen tree, orange tubular flowers in the spring and summer, attracts hummingbirds, 25-30 feet tall and 20-25 foot wide, not cold hardy, full sun to partial shade, high salt and drought tolerant.

Golden rain tree (Koelreuteria elegans) medium deciduous tree, yellow flowers in the fall, 25-50 foot tall, 35-50 foot spread, full sun, high drought tolerance, cold hardy.

Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) large evergreen tree, white fragrant flowers bloom spring through the summer, 60-80 feet tall, 30-40 foot spread, attracts birds, full sun to partial shade, moderate drought and salt tolerance, cold hardy.

If any of those trees sound like they would fit in your yard why not consider planting one this summer. The shade will feel great throughout the future summers and the flowers will brighten your day!