Any size garden in Florida will benefit from the addition of one or more small, flowering, ornamental trees. In addition to beauty and color, they provide shade and year-round interest. Several of Florida's most popular small, flowering trees are easy to grow.
Trees for South Florida
Some trees will not tolerate any frost and should be grown in the southern part of Florida. The white, pink, purple, red or yellow blooms of Frangipani (Plumeria spp.) flower in the summer. They are deciduous trees that grow up to 35 feet tall.
Orchid trees (Bauhinia spp.) are semi-evergreen and grow 20 to 30 feet tall. The white or purple flowers appear throughout the year, depending on the variety. Some varieties bloom almost constantly. Yellow poincianas (Peltophorum pterocarpum) have bright yellow flowers in the summer. The trees grow 30 to 40 feet tall and are deciduous.
Trees for South and Central Florida
Trees for South and Central Florida can usually survive a light frost, but cannot tolerate extremely cold temperatures. Bottlebrushes can be grown as a small tree or large shrub. They have spikes of red flowers in the spring and summer. The evergreen trees grow up to 20 feet tall.
The reddish-orange flowers of geiger trees (Cordia sebestena) appear throughout the year. The trees are evergreen and grow up to 25 feet tall.
Jerusalem thorn trees (Parksoniana aculeatea) are deciduous trees that produce yellow flowers in the spring and summer. They grow up to 30 feet tall and tolerate neglect.
Trees for Central and North Florida
Trees for North Florida can tolerate temperatures in the teens and repeated frosts. Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) can be grown as a large shrub or small tree up to 30 feet tall. They are deciduous and bear flowers in the spring and summer in shades of pink, purple, red and white.
Florida dogwoods (Cornus floridanus) are deciduous trees native to the Southeastern United States. They have creamy white flowers in the spring and grow 30 to 40 feet tall.
Fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus) are also native to the Southeastern U.S. They are deciduous and grow up to 30 feet tall. Long pendants of flowers appear in the spring.
Rose-colored flowers bloom in the spring on redbuds (Cercis canadensis). The trees grow up to 30 feet tall and are deciduous.