Top Flowering Trees for Texas: Early Spring Bloomers

Spring is near! March 20th is the official first day and we can’t wait. However, our impatience is getting the better of us and we’re ready to see blooms earlier, rather than later. To ensure our own landscapes are some of the first to show color, we plant ornamental trees that are excellent early-spring bloomers. There are a number of small urban ornamental trees that are the perfect size for smaller landscapes, but still make a big impact.

Our favorite late winter, early spring flowering trees for the area are:

Mexican Plum Prunus mexicana This is one of our favorite blooming trees because not only is it a native, is one of the earliest bloomers. The abundant white flowers have an incredibly intense fragrance. If there is a Mexican plum in your neighborhood, your nose will know it!  The bark is dark, rough and peeling, which adds a rustic contrast in the landscape.

Texas Redbud Cercis canadensis var. texensis Even before the heart-shaped leaves begin to emerge on this Texas native, small deep rose-colored flowers open all along the branches for a very early spring show! Grows 15-20-ft tall with a slightly wider spread. Full sun to part shade. Adapts very well to our soil conditions.

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum rufidulum Not only will you be thrilled at the lovely, delicate white blooms you’ll enjoy in spring, this small tree also gives a great show of foliage color through fall. It gets its name from the thin, deep orange-colored hairs that grow along the undersides of the leaves. Berries in summer and fall attract birds. Grows to 18’. Another Texas native, it’s tolerant of our dry summers. Full sun to part shade.

Saucer Magnolia Magnolia × soulangeana If you’re looking for larger flowers, saucer magnolia offers up deep rose, cup-shaped blooms in early spring, along with a soft fragrance.  We southerners will always have a soft spot for magnolias and the saucer variety offers a smaller, more colorful version of the large-growing classic we love. Grows 20-25-ft. Full sun to part shade.

As with all trees, plant in native soil in a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Apply organic root stimulator at planting time and water in well. Or, we can plant it for you! See our tree-planting guide here.

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Reply #7 on : Mon October 20, 2014, 10:44:11
Betty - You might look at Chinese Pistache trees. They are moderately fast growers, good shade trees for urban landscapes and have great fall color.
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Reply #6 on : Mon October 20, 2014, 10:43:10
Cherie, Without seeing your trees it's difficult to provide any sort of accurate diagnosis. However, it sounds like there could be significant decay, especially if you're noticing it at the base of your trees. You should have them inspected right away by an arborist, as large decaying trees can pose a serious safety hazard!
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Reply #5 on : Mon October 20, 2014, 10:41:34
Lark, If there was any major trenching done to remove his trees, it's possible that your tree/plant roots were damaged in the process and this is why you may have lost plants. Also yes, if major drainage has been re-routed to your property it cold be drowning roots of your trees in plants if it's sitting and not draining away properly from your property.
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Reply #4 on : Sun October 19, 2014, 17:48:22
need fastest shade growing tree,must survive texas heat, thank you
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Reply #3 on : Sat October 11, 2014, 13:22:25
I live in West Central Florida. I have two oak trees that have green, white and brownish beige stuff on the bark. Bark is also coming off on trunk, and is worse closer to the ground. These are old trees either live or white oak. What can I do? It would cost a fortune to have them removed. Thx for any input
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Reply #2 on : Mon September 29, 2014, 15:42:55
Since my neighbor cleared his property of all his trees, I have lost 3 rose of sharon bushes and 3 trees which were fine prior to him clearing his land. I know he gets his grass treated but I am not sure why all of a sudden my trees are dying. He did change the way the water drains down the property line and I have more water coming from his property and this is where the Rose of Sharon died. Could it be something he is treating his grass with? The trees are in the same general area.
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Reply #1 on : Tue September 23, 2014, 21:23:31
I was on the trail in the spring when they were blooming and again today. Every tree that I saw in my earlier photos gave the appearance of being totally dead. Is this normal for this area?