9 Attractive Flowering Trees for Spring in Texas

  • By: SFUAA
  • Date: April 21, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Blooming trees can be an attractive addition to any home or garden. When the flowers begin to blossom, they leave a delicious aroma lingering in the air. Not only do flowering trees smell amazing, but they’re beautiful as well. 

Some of the best flowering trees for spring in Texas include the Desert Willow Tree, Retama Tree, American Smoke Tree, Crepe Myrtle tree, and the Magnolia tree. Make sure to provide these trees compost and a fertilizer for flowering plants to maximize the number of blooms you get in spring.

The remaining article will explore the lavish colors and attractive traits of these nine Texas flowering trees for Spring. 

American Smoke Tree

Photo 231547784 / Smoke Bush © Ayt Bar | Dreamstime.com

The American Smoke tree, also known as Chittamwood or Smokebush, is a type of tree native to Texas and displays a cloud-like illusion resembling smoke in the early Spring. 

Their leaves are a blueish green in the Spring and Summer, turning red and orange in the fall, while their blossoms are pinkish white. This soft pale pink color is what gives this charming tree its name. 

These stunning Texan trees grow best in alkaline or limestone-rich soil and aren’t common in many tree nurseries. The American Smoke trees also need a large amount of sunlight and won’t thrive if left in shaded areas. 

Texas Redbud Tree

Texas Redbud | Photo 112052908 © E. R. N. Reed | Dreamstime.com

The Texas Redbud, commonly referred to as Judas Tree, has gorgeous purple and pink hues cluttered over a small base trunk. These flowering trees may have a white bloom, but that’s relatively rare among the Redbuds. 

These small trunk trees can usually grow from 10-20 feet (3.05-6.10 m) and sometimes resemble a shrub rather than a tree. Regardless, the colors are stunning and will stand out in any garden or yard. 

This attractive tree grows lavishly in limestone-rich soil and thrives under some afternoon shade. Direct sunlight isn’t needed when nurturing your Texas Redbud. 

Desert Willow Tree

Desert Willow Tree | Photo 195192682 / Chilopsis Linearis © Bakusova | Dreamstime.com

The Desert Willow tree is a stunning twisted small trunk tree. Its bloom is deep purple with gentle strokes of white within the core. Its vines hang as a willow tree would and blooms between early spring and late fall. 

Named for its likeness of willow, it technically isn’t a willow tree. It’s related more closely to catalpa trees. This beautiful flowering tree is fairly drought resistant and can grow under stressful heat, making it an excellent addition to any Texas yard or garden. 

The Desert Willow does best in limestone-rich soil and thrives in the sand, clays, and other rocky soils. 

Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

Texas Mountain Laurel | Photo 114672182 © David Hayes | Dreamstime.com

The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree is a beautiful flowering tree with dark purple flowers. These small trunk trees can grow up to 30 feet (9.14 m) tall and thrive in rocky climates if left unattended. 

Not only do these stunning trees look attractive in any yard, but they have a faint scent that’s similar to that of grape soda or other grape artificial flavoring. 

The Texas Mountain Laurel thrives in dry and rocky soils. Because of this, it’s easy to take care of and grows all year round. It may be an evergreen, but the blossom only happens in early spring around March. 

Retama Tree

Retama Tree | Photo 158323344 © Cheri Alguire | Dreamstime.com

Retama trees, also known as Jerusalem Thorn or Horse Bean trees, are delicately attractive with their yellow and orange flowers blooming in spring. 

These trees have small trunks with thorny twigs at the tips and lose all their foliage during the colder months. They can grow up to about 20 feet (9.14 m) and thrive in moist soil. 

They live their best life in moist soil; however, they’re still relatively drought-resistant, and that’s why they’re found mainly in Texas and other dry climates. 

Texas Wild Olive Tree

Texas Wild Olive | Photo 133318465 © Gene Zhang | Dreamstime.com

The Texas Wild Olive tree is a beautiful twenty-foot tree with large white and yellow flowers that bloom late spring-early summer. These stunning trees are indeed a sight to see and have extravagant, twisted roots. 

The Texas Wild Olive tree resembles a shrub and also grows small olive-like fruits. These fruits aren’t edible for humans and shouldn’t be eaten, although they smell sweet and are an enjoyable treat for birds, deer, and small animals. 

These trees are native to Texas; however, they can’t thrive in cold temperatures, they won’t grow anywhere in northern Texas. These attractive trees thrive in gravel or sandy soils. 

Magnolia Tree

Sweetbay Magnolia | Photo 113537782 © Claudiodivizia | Dreamstime.com

Magnolia trees are one of the most well-known kinds of trees found throughout the United States. These stunning white blossom trees bloom in spring and have a pleasant scent. 

These trees are a popular favorite among many Texans who enjoy a centerpiece in their garden or yard. The flowers attached to Magnolia trees are purple and white, giving them a royal feel. 

These trees are versatile and can grow under many different climates. They need little care and have a lifespan of a hundred years or more. 

If you have any yellow leaves, you should have your soil tested to ensure it is up to standard before applying fertilizer. 

Texas Buckeye Tree

Texas Buckeye AKA Ohio Buckeye AKA American Buckeye | Photo 194825784 / Aesculus Glabra © Gabriela Beres | Dreamstime.com

Texas Buckeye Trees are native to Texas and have beautiful white flowers that blossom in the springtime. The tiny fruit that grows on the Buckeye tree smells delicious; however, they’re toxic and aren’t edible. 

These attractive trees make for a great addition to a yard but can grow anywhere from 30-40 feet (9.15-12.19 m). They grow best in limestone-rich soil and thrive in the shade. 

These trees can be grown from seed, and it’s best to collect these seeds as soon as they drop and replant them elsewhere. Otherwise, you may have more than one Buckeye growing in your yard or garden. 

Crepe Myrtle Tree

Crepe Myrtle | Photo 21161307 © Darryl Brooks | Dreamstime.com

Crepe Myrtle Trees have beautiful red and dark pink flowers that bloom anywhere from May to June; they can even begin blooming at the first frost. They’re unique and stunning trees that can grow in drought areas. 

These trees love the sun and should be given at least six hours of sunlight each day. They may not blossom or do so well in shaded areas. 

Crepe Myrtle will grow in any soil as long as they have direct sunlight. Be aware of over-pruning; this can cause the tree to die if too much is removed. 

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