There are many varieties of purple flowering trees, all beautiful and colorful. They are a great addition to any yard or street. Some bloom year round, others bloom in spring and summer.
Jacaranda is the most beautiful of the purple flowering trees. They are indigenous to South America, and are plentiful throughout Southern California. They burst to life in the spring, and bloom until October most years. But, they are a sticky mess. The flowers fall to the sidewalk and streets (they mostly line the streets), and become a slippery, sticky, gooey, mess. However, they are gorgeous.
Magnolia is the most famous of the purple flowering trees. They have cup-shaped, light purple, almost pink, flowers that appear before the leaves, making for a majestic and glorious flowering tree. They're great on a lawn, and grow to 25 feet. There are many kinds of magnolia trees, one for each area. They are mostly found in the Deep South, with large white flowers. These trees grow quite large and are difficult to move once grown, so choose your spot carefully.
The Catawba produces masses of dark purple flowers clumped together that last throughout the summer. The Catawba is always changing, from season to season, from bright green to a bronze hue fall into winter. This tree needs lots of water and full sun.
The Red Bud produces purple blossoms in the spring, that last into the summer. It's great as a shrub tree. When the flowers drop off, they are replaced with green pods. This tree needs little water and is very durable in all kinds of soil.
The Empress tree is fast growing, great for those who are impatient for a beautiful, flowering, shade tree. It's an aromatic tree covered with foxglove shaped flowers that drape the tree, quickly. It cannot tolerate wind, so be sure it will thrive in your area.
Crape Myrtle come in many colors, one of them is purple. The flowers resemble crepe paper, and bloom from July to September. These are often found in the South and need a lot of sun. Watch the leaf colors change throughout the fall. These grow to 25 feet. The Purple Twilight Crape Myrtle is the brightest and most aromatic. These make for great shrub trees.
Purple Wisteria are difficult to miss, they are so unique and beautiful. They bloom in spring and put on quite a display. Their leaves are shiny and gorgeous in the sun. Their fragrance is so pungent, it will sound the arrival of spring. Your neighbors will envy your beautiful tree if you choose a Wisteria.
The Profusion Crabapple tree blooms flowers in such a dark pink, one could call it purple. They are hardy and can grow in most any type of soil, are resistant to deer and do well in polluted cities. It's a rounded tree that can reach 25 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Your neighbors will marvel at this gorgeous deep pink/purple flowering tree, it's a real showpiece.