Small Flowering Trees

Small flowering trees bring exciting color to any South Florida yard, large or small. Their smaller height - less than 20 feet tall - means you get to see more of the blooms since they're closer to eye-level.

Tuscarora Pink crape myrtle in full bloom

Low growing trees can be used as a full-fledged tree in a small yard, or as more of an accent in larger one.

Smaller Florida flowering trees can include shrubs trained to a single-trunk (called "standards") or those with multiple trunks.


Plan for seasonal color...or bare branches

A few trees are deciduous, like the gorgeous Tuscarora pink crape myrtle pictured above.

But trees that lose their leaves for the winter months will still be surrounded by greenery and other color, since our growing season is basically all year long. And winters here are short-lived.

The majority of our small flowering trees will blossom on and off all year, though we'll see more blooms in warmer months.

Some, like desert cassia and parkinsonia, bloom in spring and fall. Others have a heavy spring flowering with some blooms then throughout the year.


Ways to use a low height flowering tree in your landscape

  • as a focal point near the entry
  • at the corner of the house as a large accent
  • to anchor a garden bed that needs some height
  • several grouped close together as a small "stand" of trees on one side of the yard to balance a larger landscape element (such as a large shade tree) on the opposite side
  • as an "understory" planting around or between tall pines or palms to soften the vertical effect of the tall trunks. Pines and palms let plenty of sunlight shine through and the flowering trees will draw the eye down toward the house and yard.
  • lining a long driveway
  • flanking a walkway to create a natural arbor and create a space for a focal point (your front door?) seen under their canopies

Generally, anything that flowers shouldn't be used to "hide" something. Colorful blossoms draw attention to the spot you're trying to camouflage. An all green plant is a better choice.

Many flowering trees of Florida have more benefits than just beautiful color...some attract butterflies and make a perfect specimen to anchor a butterfly garden. Others like Little Gem magnolia have sweet-scented flowers - a single blossom can send its perfume throughout your home.


What color flowers should I choose?

Use a color to complement or contrast with other colors in your landscaping. Avoid blooms the same color as your home's paint color so they don't "wash out" against a similar backdrop.


Small flowering trees featured in this section include:

Bottlebrush Standard - Red Cluster

Bottlebrush - Weeping

Bougainvillea Standard

Cassia Trees - Desert Cassia, Cassia surattensis and Cassia fistula

Crape Jasmine (AKA Cape or Crepe Jasmine)

Crape Myrtle

Frangipani

Geiger

Golden Dewdrop

Hibiscus-Weeping Hibiscus Tree & Hibiscus Standard

Jatropha

Magnolia - Little Gem

Oleander

Parkinsonia

Poinciana - dwarf

Powderpuff

Tibouchina granulosa

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