Spring Flowering Trees in South Florida and the Caribbean!
When streets start blooming and turning its colors with vivid hues you know spring has arrived. And, even though many don’t call our winters real, as they are more a winter – spring combo. We do take spring seriously mostly for its true colors! So, at Florida when temperature rises, we definitely enjoy our time outdoors, specially in our gardens.
This why, at TreeWorld Wholesale, we’ve taken the time to write our top 5 best spring flowering trees in South Florida for the season:
Tabebuia (Handroanthus) Season
Our first runner up is not a specific specie, is the Handroanthus genus that belongs to the Bignoniaceae family and consist of 30 species of trees. Which area known not only for being vividly colored, but because you can choose from a large palette. As you can find from delicate whites, to vibrant yellows. All mesmerizing specially during this season. As this moderate size trees tend to stand out in striking contrast to the almost monochromatic green. Some of the varieties you can find in our nursery are: Tabebuia Bahamensis (white tabebuia), Tabebuia Caraiba (Yellow Trumpet), Tabebuia Chysotricha (Golden Trumpet), Tabebuia donnell-smithii (Primavera tree), Tabebuia Guayacan, Tabebuia Heterophylla (Pink Trumpet), Tabebuia Roseoalba (White Ipe) and Tabebuia Impetiginosa (Purple Trumpet)
Bauhinia X Blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid)
This Indian native with a wide canopy is definitely vibrant and colorful! Actually, the Hong Kong Orchid is popular because of its striking flowers with are up to 15 cm wide purple to magenta with delicate veins of lighter shades setting up the perfect spectacle. Also, leaves are of the bauhinia genus – beautiful, simple, “butterfly-like”, and bilobate in shape. A great addition for lawns and patios and any South Florida garden!
Cassia Bakeriana (Pink Cassia)
This spectacular tree slowly becomes a cascade of pink-purple flowers with yellow stamens, that delicately wrap around along its feathery branches, creating 4-10” long drooping racemes! Native to Myanmar and Thailand, this semi-deciduous small bush or tree, tends to drop its leaves in late winter in order to push new growth in early spring.
Bombax Ceiba (Red Silk Cotton)
A stunner thanks to its showy 5-petaled red to orange-red flowers about 7, which mostly bloom in clusters although they can also bloom in a single manner. Moreover, the fruit is also up to 6 inches (15.24 cm) long, filled with a cottony fiber into which small brown seeds are embedded. Making this large, spiny, deciduous tree stand out in the crowd, as it ads texture to the landscape.
Either with its blooms red or yellow the African Tulip is quite captivating! With its large and open, round crown. This evergreen tree, has green, pinnate leaves, made up of 5-19 oval leaflets and overall, 1-2 feet long. Which partner with flowers that are borne at the branch tips with a crinkle texture. About 2-inch long and bell-shaped with fuzzy buds filled with water.
BONUS Spring Flowering Tree
This attractive and festive tree definitely deserves a spot on the list! The Florida Poitea commonly known as Wattapama; is somewhat confusing as it’s not a native to Florida, although Wattampama does mean flowery. With a straight trunk that features a gray fissured bark, that leads up to an umbrella-shaped crown with distinctive long slender spreading branches this small tree shows off some of the most beautiful and delicate pea-shape blooms, that go from blue to purple.