The Top 10 Flowering Trees For Spring & Summer Blooms - Updated 2022

The Top 10 Flowering Trees For Spring & Summer Blooms - Updated 2022

By Garrett Cleverly on March, 28 2016
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Garrett Cleverly is versed in all native and non native species of plants, trees, succulents, and cacti that grow throughout the southern region. Garrett has a love for gardening and all things outdoors.

Our 10 Favorite Flowering Trees for Summer

Beautiful blooms of fresh flowers aren't just limited to spring.  There are many trees that thrive in our climate and produce the most colorful blooms around throughout the year.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we carry a broad range of flowering trees that are perfect for any desert, tropical, water-wise, or Mediterranean landscape, and if you're looking for some design ideas and inspiration for adding these trees to your yard, our designers are happy to help!

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If you're looking to turn some heads this spring and summer, check out our favorite flowering trees below!

Crape Myrtle Catabwa with Purple Flowers

1. Crape Myrtle

The Crape Myrtle has something to offer for every season but stands out in late spring to summer when it begins producing stunning blooms of purple, pink, red, and white flowers that are pleasing to the eye when planted in clusters or accent locations. The Crape Myrtle is known for its long and constant bloom cycle and works well in just about any landscape. In the fall, the Crape Myrtle’s foliage turns to a showy bright orange.


Large Magnolia Tree with Huge White Flowers

2. Magnolia

Both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree, the Magnolia is sure to turn heads in any landscape. Its large spoon-shaped leaves provide a thick canopy of shade and produce magnificent large billowing white blossoms that have a fragrant smell to them. They prosper in many conditions, and there is very little maintenance with this tree. It is loved for its year-round foliage and ability to look fantastic in many different landscapes.



Tipu Tree with Yellow Flowers

3. Tipu

This tree has become a popular choice in the Houston and Austin areas for its rapid growth and eye-catching apricot yellow flowers during the summer. In just a few years, the Tipu can reach great heights quickly creating massive canopies of shade for your home, patio, home playground, or to protect the other plants in your yard from the summer sun. This tree requires little maintenance and it performs well in many soil and drought-like conditions.



4. Jacaranda

One of our favorite flowering trees, the Jacaranda is known for it's breathtaking and picturesque blooms of vibrant purple flowers and unique fern-like foliage which makes them adaptable to many landscape designs from desert to tropical. The Jacaranda’s canopy is layered, giving it a “light” look in your landscape while also providing much-needed shade where it is desired. Though soft looking in appearance, Jacarandas are very hardy trees that love and thrive in the warmer months of the year.


White Flowers on a Flowering Pear

5. Flowering Pear

Wonderful coverage of snow-white flowers overtakes this tree when it is in bloom for an awesome display of color.  It gives off a formal-looking appearance while producing a thick umbrella-shaped canopy after it blooms. One of the most desirable aspects is the fiery red fall color that Flowering Pear trees gain in the fall.



Purple Blooms on Vitex Tree6. Vitex

This multi-trunk tree is known for its breathtaking displays of purple blooms on long spikes that jet out at every growth tip during the late spring into summer. The Vitex’s twisting trunks under the bright flowering canopy gives this tree a unique, grand appearance. Its canopy is large and layered, which allows sunlight to penetrate the ground below. The Vitex requires minimal water and little maintenance while its blooms attract many pollinating insects and hummingbirds.



Untitled design (12)-17. Texas Mountain Laurel

These small trees turn heads, especially when the fragrant, early spring bloom of violet-blue flowers make an appearance, attracting hummingbirds and helping to make your yard the most attractive one on the block! Their smaller size makes them perfect for tight spaces! We like to plant them in courtyards, in front entryways, or in sunny patio areas!


Red Lemon Bottlebrush Tree

8. Bottlebrush

Displaying red tropical bottlebrush-shaped blooms, the Bottlebrush tree loves our climate, is drought tolerant, and is hardy to heat and cold. Its bright red flowers make it a fantastic focal point to any landscape and are a must-have for our customers seeking a tropical-themed landscape. Additionally, the Bottlebrush Tree can handle high winds with its strong trunk and can grow to a medium to large height creating a sun block for shade relief.


Oleander Tree with Pink and Red Flowers

9. Oleander

These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander tree displays a long-lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are vibrant and may extend into the milder 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 borders because of the tree's ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.



5-Jan-19-2021-04-14-44-39-PM10. Desert Willow

Named for its resemblance to Willows, the Desert Willow is not a willow at all and is related to the Catalpa tree. This water-wise and drought-tolerant tree produces magnificent blooms of exotic trumpet-shaped purple flowers that look fantastic when planted in accent locations. The Desert Willow has an airy canopy and is visually appealing in many landscape styles.





Planting now will give your new flowering trees an excellent opportunity to hit the ground running with beautiful blooms in the summer. If you have any questions regarding the proper care of any of these beautiful trees, be sure to contact one of our nursery pros at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations. For advice on where to plant these gorgeous trees in your yard, feel free to reach out to our professional landscape designers for a free design consultation!


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