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.
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.
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.
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.
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.