One of our favorite trees! Who wouldn’t want a tree that has blue flowers throughout the summer? This fast growing tree is known as a “Texas Superstar” for how well it performs and the Texas Department of Transportation uses them in landscape designs on highways throughout the state. It is deer resistant, prefers full sun, is drought tolerant and likes well draining soil. If you trim off the spent seed pods you will be rewarded with another bloom cycle in late summer to early Fall.
These summer blooming trees come in 4 main colors – white, pink, red and purple. There are many different varieties available from trees that mature at a height of 10’ to those that reach 25’. They bloom best when planted in full sun and can be planted as a stand alone specimen plant or in groupings. For something different try planting 2 or 3 small plants of different colors in the same hole – it will look like 1 tree that has different color blooms. You see them lining driveways and is another staple tree used by DOT.
If you have a shady spot, consider planting a Japanese Maple. Whether you choose an upright variety or a graceful weeper they add an array of fall color to your garden. These are slower growing trees who require well-draining soil and will tolerate morning sun but like afternoon shade in our Texas summers.
Teddy Bear or Little Gem Magnolia
Enjoy the fragrant white flowers of the stately Southern Magnolia but on a much smaller tree. Both are shorter varieties with the Teddy Bear being more compact of the 2. Grows best in full sun, but is a slower growing tree. Part of its appeal is that it is evergreen and does not drop its leaves in the Fall.
Rose of Sharon
Many new hybrid varieties have been introduced within the past few years bringing about renewed interest in this old favorite. They bloom in a variety of colors; white, pink, red, purple, throughout the summer months. They will reach 10’ – 12’ tall and prefer full sun to partial sun for best performance.
These pink to burgundy colored flowering trees bloom early in the spring. They are a multi-trunk tree that is a slower growing tree but will eventually reach 15’ – 20’ tall and 15’ wide. They are also called Saucer Magnolias and are actually a Magnolia but most people call them Tulip Tree due to the tulip shape of the bloom.