Red Flower Tree


Red flower trees add beauty and attraction to spring and summer landscapes, drawing birds, bees, and other beneficial insects into your garden.

There are various varieties of red-blooming trees available depending on your climate zone, including:

Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica and its hybrids, L.x fauriei hybrids) is an attractive summer-flowering small tree or large shrub, popular in Southern gardens, street plantings, and community landscapes. Plants may grow tall or wide with white, pink, red, or purple blooms ranging in hue from early May in the Deep South to summer-fall blooming across all regions; selection based on native bee preferences may enhance its contribution towards pollinator support.

Cultivars can be planted either alone as specimens or in groups. They make an attractive accent against dark green ground covers or are used to form part of mixed shrub borders and make an ideal addition to urban landscapes with their vibrant color and textural blooms that provide shade and texture in streetscapes, parking lots, and sidewalk planting strips.

Crepe myrtle leaves contain cytosolic acid, an all-natural substance that acts like insulin to lower blood glucose and helps those with diabetes lose weight more quickly. Corosilic acid may also decrease urination frequency and the need for medication; its bark, roots, and seeds have astringent, purgative, and stimulating properties, while its origins possess narcotic properties for treating mouth ulcers when handled carefully.

Powdery mildew, a fungal disease that covers leaf surfaces in white powder, impedes photosynthesis, and eventually kills off plants, can be managed either with fungicide applications or by planting National Arboretum Hybrid cultivars resistant to powdery mildew.

Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise is an extraordinary plant with vivid orange and blue flowers resembling a bird’s head and crown. This unique species belongs to one of the 42 genera of Strophanthus species that make up its subgenera; together, these belong to the family Paradisaeidae and are famous for their peculiar plumage and unusual mating rituals.

Flowers bloom atop long stalks that can reach five feet or higher, emanating from spathes that form at the edge of their sheaths and open periodically throughout the season to reveal orange petals with striking blue stamens.

Bird of Paradise plants make excellent indoor houseplants, as they’re low maintenance and usually don’t need additional lighting to thrive. But as they age and bloom more, additional illumination could prove beneficial.

Bird of Paradise plants thrive outdoors, too, providing dramatic color and texture in any landscape. Full sun conditions provide optimal color and growth; partial shade provides less towering development.

Bird of Paradise plants can thrive in various soil conditions but prefer rich, loamy soil that drains well. Fertilize weekly during the growing season using liquid fertilizer; excess foliage could delay flowering. When transitioning a bird of paradise plant from indoor to outdoor conditions, wait until temperatures consistently reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit before slowly acclimatizing it to reduce stress and prevent leaf scald.

Red Flowering Gum

Red flowering gum (Eucalyptus ficifolia) is one of Australia’s most beloved ornamental eucalypts, popular among landscape designers for its dense form and summer flowers that bloom pink, scarlet, or orange clusters. Ideal for public spaces as well as landscape designs with cool winter temperatures in Victoria to sub-tropical regions in New South Wales and Queensland, cultivation has proven fruitful!

This plant species is very frost-resistant and will survive temperatures down to -15degC without needing much pruning or fertilization. Easy to care for and grow, it makes an ideal addition to small gardens and urban landscapes as an eye-catching focal point with its beautiful bright flowers and long-lived foliage.

As with other eucalypts, this one can thrive in many soil types – preferring sandy or loamy ones with good drainage – yet is especially suited to rich, well-draining sandy soil. As is typical with many eucalypts, it attracts bees and insects into the garden, making it popular with beekeepers. Watering frequency will depend on the season; more frequent irrigation during summer is advised when growth is quickest, while during winter, growth slows. Rainfall-based systems or monitoring soil moisture can also help ensure adequate irrigation is provided – only watering when necessary!

Red Flowering Dogwood

Red Flowering Dogwoods are versatile, low-maintenance landscape trees. Their colors add beauty all year, particularly during spring when their floral show precedes leaf germination and boasts distinctive rose-red blooms and unique checkered bark. Fall brings vivid red to purple foliage hues that complement other trees in your landscape as it changes colors.

Flowers often mistaken for petals are bracts (specialized leaves) that draw attention to beautiful blooms. Natural trees usually sport white bracts, while those propagated for sale may feature white or pink ones. Flowers in the heart produce green fruits that ripen into dark red fruits that attract wildlife and add another element to Pineywoods wildlife buffet table.

Red flowering dogwood trees can reach 30 feet tall and 35 feet wide at maturity, making them perfect specimen trees in front yards or for use as anchor plants in planting beds with limited space. When given the appropriate conditions to thrive, this hardy species can tolerate poor soils without issue.

Plant your flowering bulbs in full sun or partial afternoon shade in well-drained, neutral to acidic soil with adequate drainage. Supplemental irrigation during periods of prolonged dry spells is necessary. Fertilize with an all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer in early spring or midsummer according to label instructions; avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which could prevent flowering development. Pruning should typically not be required, although if desired, it can be performed at any point between late winter and summer to remove crossing branches and shape the canopy.