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Trees That Bloom in Winter

By Isabel Prontes ; Updated September 21, 2017
Winter blooming trees can bring cheer to a bleak winter landscape.
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Many different types of plants bloom during the winter months, including shrubs, flowers and trees. Although many trees bloom during the cold winter months, not all of them are suitable for cultivation in all of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zones. Winter-blooming trees can add a lot of color and vitality to an otherwise dark, cold and dreary landscape.

African Tulip Tree

The African tulip tree is also known as Spathodea campanulata. The tropical trees originate in the African nations of Uganda and Kenya. African tulip trees are particularly notable for their blooms that are the size of softballs, and that face upwards. Every year, tree produces hundreds of reddish-orange blooms. The trees are hardy between USDA Hardiness Zones of 10 and 11. They thrive on moist and rich soil, as well as full sun.

Colville's Glory Tree

Colville's glory tree blooms during the winter months. The tree is also referred to as Colvillea racemosa and the whip tree. It originates in Madagascar, an African island country. Colville's glory tree thrives in the USDA Hardiness Zones of 10 and 11. The trees thrive in both partial shade and full sun and require soil that is consistently moist. Between waterings, its soil must not dry out. It has orange blooms that appear in bunches. The blooms attract butterflies, bees and birds.

Yellow Elder

The Yellow elder tree is also known as Tecoma stans. It is hardy between the UDSA Hardiness Zones of 9 and 10. Yellow elders bear attractive, bright yellow flowers during the winter months. If necessary, the trees can be pruned to smaller shrub size. The small tree has the name "yellow elder" due to its similarities to elderberries. Their leaves are a vivid green color and are opposite each other. They require full sun and can be cultivated on a vast array of soil types, including both limerock and sand. The trees prefer soil that is well drained.