Common flowering trees in Florida include the mimosa, crape myrtle, Geiger and southern magnolia. Florida's climate is mostly subtropical and conducive to growing many kinds of plants; flowering trees are those that bloom each year, with some trees having large, showy blooms while others are small but colorful. With the addition of a flowering tree, your yard can become an artist's palette.
The mimosa, also known as the silk tree, grows quickly and blooms fragrant, pink flowers that have long strings rather than petals. Many people enjoy this small, deciduous tree for its beauty, but also find it hard to clean up after. The mimosa's fragrance attracts honey bees and other insects. The deciduous Crape myrtle is popular due to its long blooming season, which produces white or varying shades of pink flowers. Crape myrtles range in height from 18 inches to 40 feet.
Geigers bloom orange flowers and tolerate poor soil. These evergreens grow about 25 feet in height, love full sun and bloom throughout the year. Southern magnolias are easily recognizable with their fragrant, white flowers. These evergreen trees are large, reaching heights of 80 feet and spreads of up to 40 feet.
The USDA hardiness zones in Florida range from eight to eleven. Within the USDA hardiness zones are four growing zones (north, central, south and tropical). Florida is mostly a warm state, but because ecosystems vary in temperature and soil conditions, you should determine which plants will thrive in your location before making a purchase. In general, Florida's soil is mostly sandy. Frequent watering during hot, dry seasons is necessary. Only north Florida regularly experiences the threat of frost and freezing, but it can happen in central Florida, too. Tropical plants thrive in south and tropical Florida where the climate is temperate, humid and warm. Keep these considerations in mind when choosing which flowering trees to plant in your yard.