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Trees and Plants with Red Flowers – Buying & Growing Guide

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on December 2, 2021

No color is more eye-catching than a bold shade of red. When your trees show blooms in that hue, you can rest assured that your garden will have plenty of visual interest. Trees with red flowers make a strong statement in the landscape regardless of the variety you choose to plant. Below are some favorites among green thumbs.

Types of Trees With Red Flowers

Type  Growing Zones Mature Height Harvest Season Sun Features
Red Dogwood, Cornus florida 5-9 20-25 feet August Part Shade: 3-5 hours Many red flowers with a slight pinkish tinge
Miracle on the Hudson™ Rose Tree, Rosa ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ 3-9 5-8 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Small, disease-resistant rose with striking red petals
Black Diamond® Radiant Red Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia hybrid ‘PPAF’ 6-10 10-12 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Petals are bright red the leaves are nearly black
Royal Poinciana Tree, Delonix regia 4-11 20-30 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Irregular branches hold vibrant red flowers
Fire Light® Hydrangea Tree, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire Light’ 3-8 4-6 feet None Full Sun to Part Shade: 4-8 hours Large flower panicles that are red, white, and pink
Garnet King™ Emerald Empire® Crape Myrtle Tree, Lagerstroemia indica 6-10 15-20 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Moderate size between small tree and shrub, impressive scarlet blooms
Black Diamond® Crape Myrtle – Best Red™, Lagerstroemia indica 6-10 10-12 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Multi-stemmed plant, amazing color contrast between red flowers and leaves
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket’ 6-9 20-30 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Profuse blooms are primarily red with tiny yellow accents
Thunderstruck™ Coral Boom™ Crape Myrtle Tree, Lagerstroemia x ‘JM5’ PPAF 6-10 12-15 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Upright form with dark leaves and vibrant red flowers
Petite Red Imp™ Crape Myrtle Tree, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Monimp’ 7-9 3-5 feet None Full Sun: 6-8 hours Pinkish-red flowers, overall small size, and shape

How to Plant and Care for Red Flowering Trees

The wide variety of trees you can plant gives you many options to select from. However, that variety makes plant care a bit more complicated. Before you plant any species, make sure you have taken time to study the conditions and care that the plant needs. 

Choose a planting location that includes a suitable amount of daily sunlight and has the ideal degree of soil moisture. Once you find a good place, dig a hole with a generous width and depth that matches the root ball’s height. 

After planting, provide plenty of water for your new flowering tree so it can overcome the shock of the planting process. At this stage, prune any branches or stems that are dead, broken, or diseased. 

Regarding ongoing care, you must give your red flowering trees fertilizer. Each plant calls for a different type of fertilizer and a distinct fertilization frequency. You will want to continue with regular pruning. In most cases, removing spent blooms at specific parts of the year will cause more flowers to emerge in the next season.

If you are planting red flowering trees that bloom in the early spring, you may want to consider providing wind protection. In some instances, a late-season winter wind can damage the newly-emerged flower petals. Shelter from wind goes a long way in protecting the blooms that give red flowering trees their exceptional ornamental value.