PLANT NOW FOR BEAUTIFUL Red FLOWERS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER
Lemon Bottlebrush, Crape Myrtle, Oleander, and more
Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.
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As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful red blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with yellow blooms!
The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover the entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange. When it comes to a 'wow' factor in your landscape, this is the tree for you.
Lemon Bottlebrush Tree
Named for its bright crimson bottlebrush shaped flowers, the Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon citrinus) is a perfect fit for our region. There are two aspects that make the Bottlebrush a fantastic choice. It's ability to create a massive amount of year-round shade, because it's an evergreen, and its red flowers that have a lemony scent to them. Pollinators, especially butterflies and hummingbirds love this tree. Now, don't let the graceful appearance of this tree throw you off. The Bottlebrush is one of the hardiest trees around. It is drought tolerant and it can handle both cold and heat. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree in tree form or as a shrub for a colorful privacy wall.
These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander, Nerium oleander) displays a long lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are vibrant may extend into the wilder winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the trees ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year. We offer tree and shrubs versions of the Oleander at Moon Valley Nurseries.
African Tulip Tree (California only)
This fast growing, large evergreen adds a touch of beauty to any home. The African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata) produces large tulip shaped flowers in a circular pattern that looks like a large sunflower. Birds, butterflies and pollinators are attracted to the bloom, creating a natural habitat teeming with small wildlife. African Tulip Trees tend to perform better in areas where is doesn't get as hot in the summer. This tree is commonly seen throughout the coastal and inland areas from San Diego, Orange County, and up to Hollywood. If you love the tropics, this is the perfect tree for your yard. We offer a variety of sizes at Moon Valley Nurseries and a larger African Tulip tree will provide a good amount of shade to add some relief during those hot spring and summer months.
New Zealand Christmas Tree (California only)
The New Zealand Christmas Tree, Metrosideros excelsa, is a beautiful medium to large tree that can bring vibrant color and shade to any landscape. Homeowners looking to add color to their landscape will love the beautiful, showy dark red flowers that bloom in late spring. When in bloom, this New Zealand Christmas Tree will feature vibrant dark red flower clusters that create a dramatic and beautiful contrast with the dark green foliage. The strikingly beautiful, bottlebrush-like, wiry flowers attract a variety of pollinators to your garden. The New Zealand Christmas Tree is both heat and cold tolerant.
Now that you know the best red flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for yellow flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.