11 Stunning Red Flowering Trees for You to Add to Your Garden

Every Spring I think to myself, what a stunning row of red flowering trees. The neighbors on my street seemingly thought this through many years ago or all planted similar trees by chance. 

In any case, we all now get to reap the rewards of these vibrant red flowering trees. While some may be short-lived they create a pop of color as they wake up from their winter slumber. 

Red Flowering Dogwood
Red dogwood tree flowers in blossom

So whether you are growing red flowers for good luck, to add some contrast to your green foliage, or simply want to plan ahead for the next generation, take a look at some of my favorite red flowering trees to plant this year.  Most of the trees here will grow wonderfully next to Orange or Yellow flowering trees based on their hardiness zones and warm color pallets. 🌸

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway

Micheal Pollan

1. Red Silk Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba )

Red Silk Cotton Tree
Red Silk Cotton Tree

Often used for medicinal purposes, the red flowers on this tree can be tossed into your daily cup of tea. The red silk cotton tree grows quite tall and wide, so ensure you have enough overhead space. 

The silk cotton tree gets its name from its billowing blooms that resemble silky cotton clouds. The Bombax ceiba is culturally significant in many of the tree’s native regions and is a popular flower to nearby pollinators like bees and butterflies. 

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Botanical Name: Bombax
Growth Rate: Medium 
Native Range: Southeast Asia, Australia 
Hardiness Zones:10-12 
Dangers:Seed is poisonous if ingested 
Soil Needs: Sand, Clay soil
Exposure:Full sun 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Propagation:Possible through cuttings
Fertilizer:Organic matter 
Pests:Red cotton stainer bug
Blooming Period:March-April
Pruning:Prune the damaged areas in late winter to early spring 
Water needs:Drought tolerant once established
Red Silk Cotton Tree Growing Guide Chart

2. Black Diamond Blush Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Black Diamond Blush Crape Myrtle
Black Diamond Blush Crape Myrtle

This thin but stocky tree grows relatively quickly and is quite the looker. The Black Diamond Blush Crape Myrtle has multiple varieties ranging from bright red flowers to pink and lavender blooms. 

This particular variety of Crape Myrtle is known for its stunning dark burgundy foliage that complements and contrasts against the lighter pink and red flowers. 

Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica 
Growth Rate: Fast: 24” per year
Native Range: Central Himalayas, South China, Japan, Indonesia 
Hardiness Zones:6-9 
Soil Needs: Clay, loam, sand, shallow rocky, high organic matter 
Exposure:Full sun 
Ease of Care:Medium 
Diseases:Prone to fungal diseases like powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, and sooty mold
Propagation:Seed, stem cutting 
Fertilizer:Use general-purpose fertilizer sparingly 
Pests:Aphids, Japanese beetles
Blooming Period:June-Fall
Pruning:Prune in the spring before the tree comes out of dormancy
Water needs:Medium: 20-40L per week  
Black Diamond Blush Crape Myrtle Growing Guide Chart

3. Red Dogwood (Cornus Florida var. Rubra)

Red Dogwood
Red Dogwood

The Flowering Red Dogwood has got to be one of my favorite trees native to my growing region. While the booming period on this tree is short, the showy blooms are well worth the wait. 

 Other than the bark of the lower trunk, the entire red dogwood tree is red. Planting this tree is a surefire way to brighten your garden, but it will take some time to grow to its full potential. Make sure you plant this on its own so it doesn’t overpower other plants nearby. 

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Botanical Name: Cornus florida var. rubra 
Growth Rate: Medium-fast (12-24” per year)
Native Range: Eastern America, Eastern Mexico, South Eastern Canada
Hardiness Zones:5-9
Dangers:Dogwood berries can be a skin irritant and cause rashes
Soil Needs: Anthracnose. Dogwood anthracnose, Spot anthracnose, Armillaria root rot, Botrytis blight
Exposure:Full sun, partial shade 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Diseases:Anthracnose. Dogwood anthracnose, Spot anthracnose,Armillaria root rot, Botrytis blight
Propagation:Seed, stem cutting 
Fertilizer:Apply a balanced fertilizer in February-March 
Pests:Dogwood borer, dogwood club-gall midge, and scales
Blooming Period:April-May
Pruning:Cut back every 2 years 
Water needs:Weekly 
Red Dogwood Growing Guide Chart

4. Bottlebrush (Callistemon)


The Bottlebrush tree gets its name from the weeping brush-like blooms. It’s perfect for small spaces since it doesn’t grow very wide and is a relatively quick-growing tree that develops red tubular flowers.  

Native to Australia, the bottlebrush tree is a common ornamental that is prized for the abundance of nectar the tree provides to hummingbirds and honeyeaters. 

The bottlebrush tree is a hardy species that can tolerate a wide range of soil types and weather conditions making it a great choice for a fussy garden. 

Botanical Name: Callistemon Viminalis 
Growth Rate: Low (10” per year)
Native Range: Australia 
Hardiness Zones:9-11
Soil Needs: Prune after the flowering period
Exposure:Full sun 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Diseases:Anthracnose Fungal Leaf Spot, Powdery Mildew, Fungal Rust Spot, Witches Broom
Propagation:Semi-mature wood cuttings 
Fertilizer:Low Phospherous fertilizer
Pests:Scale insects, thrips and sawfly larvae
Blooming Period:Long – all summer
Pruning:Low Phosphorus fertilizer
Water needs:Drought tolerant once established 
Bottlebrush Growing Guide Chart

5. Pomegranate Tree (Punica granatum)

Pomegranate Tree
Pomegranate Tree

By now, you should be all too familiar with the fruit that comes from a  pomegranate tree. Not only does this tree produce bright red fruit, but the blooms are also bright red too.

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The pomegranate tree grows at a slow to medium pace. However, giving it the right amount of nutrients and protecting it from fungal infections and bug infestations will reward you with delicious fruit to feast on as you admire your growing garden.  

Botanical Name: Punica Granatum 
Growth Rate: Medium (12-24” per year)
Native Range: North East Turkey to Afghanistan
Hardiness Zones:8-11
Dangers:Poisoned fruit 
Soil Needs: Clay, loam, sand 
Exposure:Full sun, partial shade 
Ease of Care:Medium 
Diseases:Bacterial leaf and fruit spot, anthracnose, fusarium wilt, IPM
Propagation:Seeds and cuttings 
Fertilizer:NPK Foliar fertilizer. Fertilizer is only needed if you plan on growing it as a fruit tree
Blooming Period:Short 
Water needs:Low, average 
Pomegranate Tree Growing Guide Chart

6. Eucalyptus Tree (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus Tree
Eucalyptus Tree

The eucalyptus tree is one of the tallest known species of trees around growing to a staggering height of 55 metres if well cared for. 

Eucalyptus trees are commonly used for the essential oils in their leaves although we’re not the only ones who look to harvest from this green giant. A wide range of pollinators prize the eucalyptus tree for its pollen that comes from the red flowers that bloom.

The Eucalyptus Globulus is incredibly fast-growing and quite resilient to pests due to those essential oils we love so much. It does shed a lot, though, so you need to be consistent with upkeep.  

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus Globulus 
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: Australia, Tasmania 
Hardiness Zones:8-11
Dangers:Foliage and bark are poisonous 
Soil Needs: Loam, clay 
Exposure:Full sun 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Propagation:Seeds and cutting 
Fertilizer:NPK fertilizer in the first year 
Pests:Small birds and insects 
Blooming Period:Short 
Water needs:Low 
Eucalyptus Tree Growing Guide Chart

7. Scarlet Rosemallow Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)

Scarlet Rosemallow Hibiscus
Scarlet Rosemallow Hibiscus

The Scarlet Rosemallow Hibiscus is known for its vibrant red flowers and showy blossoms that resemble a star

The Hibiscus tree is another excellent landscape option especially if your soil type is prone to erosion. Being large size and fast growth rate of this bright red flowering tree make it an excellent option for you if you’re eager to see blooms the first year after planting. Add the Scarlet Rosemallow Hibiscus if you’re looking for a dramatic pop of color to your garden this year. 

Botanical Name: Hibiscus coccineus 
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: Southeastern United States 
Hardiness Zones:6-9
Dangers:None reported, but it is not considered safe for consumption
Soil Needs: Moist, well-draining loam, sand 
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade 
Ease of Care:Moderate 
Diseases:Fungal diseases such as leaf spot 
Propagation:Seeds and cuttings 
Fertilizer:Basic fertilizer during the growing season 
Pests:Aphids and spider mites
Blooming Period:Long 
Pruning:Pruning in spring promotes bushy growth 
Water needs:High 
Scarlet Rosemallow Hibiscus Growing Guide Chart

8. Indian Coral Tree (Erythrina variegata)

Indian Coral Tree
Indian Coral Tree

The Indian Coral Tree or Tiger’s Claw is a fast-growing tree that gets quite tall. The brightly colored flowers on this tree are clustered together in dense spikes making a vibrant addition to any garden. Like many other flowering trees on this list, the Indian Coral Tree has flowers that are a favorite among pollinators

The Erythrina variegata is a captivating species with vibrant red flowers, but to get the most out of this plant, manage water treatment and minor problems like mildew. 

Botanical Name: Erythrina variegata
Growth Rate: Fast 
Native Range: Tropical regions of Asia and Oceania 
Hardiness Zones:9-11
Dangers:Seeds and bark are toxic 
Soil Needs: Loam, clay, sand, well-draining soil
Ease of Care:Moderate 
Diseases:Fungal diseases, mildew 
Propagation:Seeds and stem cuttings 
Fertilizer:Organic fertilizer 
Pests:Caterpillars, aphids, mealybugs 
Blooming Period:Medium 
Pruning:Pruning in late winter and early spring helps growth 
Water needs:High in hot weather, but avoid overwatering 
Indian Coral Tree Growing Guide Chart

9. Azaleas (Rhododendron)


Azaleas are one of my favorite flowers beginning with A. Azaleas are best grown if you need to fill up a patch in your garden or create a space to combine plants with different colors. Its low profile makes it easy to fit in any area. 

Azaleas are known for their long-lasting red flowers with extended blooming periods all the way into the fall. 

This species can be a little challenging to grow due to their acidic soil preference which is why I grow mine next to low-growing perennials like Hydrangeas and can attract various pests, so keep it away from other sensitive plants.

Botanical Name: Rhododendron 
Growth Rate: Moderate 
Native Range: Different species come from different regions, including Asia, Europe, and North America 
Hardiness Zones:4-9
Dangers:Can be toxic if ingested 
Soil Needs: High in organic matter, acidic soil, well-draining 
Exposure:Partial shade
Ease of Care:Moderate to high 
Diseases:Mildew, root rot 
Propagation:Layering and stem cutting 
Fertilizer:Acidic fertilizer 
Pests:Azalea lace bugs, caterpillars, spider mites
Blooming Period:Long 
Pruning:Not needed 
Water needs:Moderate. They prefer moist soil 
Azaleas Growing Guide Chart

10. Japanese Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles japonica )

Japanese Flowering Quince
Japanese Flowering Quince

The Japanese Flowering Quince tree can grow into a very dense bush-like structure. The vivid red flowers on this tree are produced well before the leaves and are often the first sign of spring in the native region of Japan. 

The Japanese Flowering Quince is a great choice to fill up a large area. After the flowers fade away you can expect a fruit called Quince that resembles a yellow apple. The taste of this fruit is similar to a sour pear and is quite nice when boiled down into jams or jelly. 

Botanical Name: Chaenomeles japonica
Growth Rate: Slow-Moderate 6-7 years to full establish 
Native Range: Basic pruning to remove dead leaves and flowers to promote next year’s growth
Hardiness Zones:5-9
Dangers:No serious problems. Fruits are hard to digest when raw. 
Soil Needs: Well-draining soil, loam, sand 
Exposure:Full sun to parietal shade 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Diseases:Fire blight, mildew, and leaf spots 
Propagation:Seeds and hardwood cuttings 
Fertilizer:Balanced fertilizer in early spring will help 
Pests:Scale insects and aphids 
Blooming Period:For a few weeks in March or April
Pruning:Basic pruning to remove dead leaves and flowers to promote next years growth
Water needs:Moderate 1” per week
Japanese Flowering Quince Growing Guide Chart

11. Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Red Buckeye
Red Buckeye

The Red Buckeye is a US native variety that’s known for its striking red flowers that are sought out by hungry nearby pollinators.

This plant grows to a medium size and has small red tubular flowers. It is another great space-filler if your garden looks empty as it takes on a wide shape. The moderate size o the Red Buckeye makes it a perfect tree for small garden spaces.  

Botanical Name: Aesculus Pavia 
Growth Rate: Moderate 12” – 24” per year 
Native Range: Southeastern United States 
Hardiness Zones:4-8
Dangers:The seeds are toxic if ingested 
Soil Needs: Loam, sand, well-draining soil 
Exposure:Partial shade to full sun 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Diseases:Leaf blotch, Leaf scorch, Diseases caused by Fungi
Propagation:Root cuttings or seeds
Fertilizer:Not needed 
Blooming Period:Medium: Apri – May
Pruning:Sensitive to damage, only prune in late winter to early spring 
Water needs:Deep and infrequent 
Red Buckeye Growing Guide Chart

Final Thoughts 

This list covers a lot of different tree types. Big ones, small ones, broad ones, narrow ones, those that grow fruit, and those that don’t. These trees are easy to maintain if you create the right environment. 

While these trees will spruce up your yard with a pop of color and shade, they may take some time to develop and give you the desired appearance entirely. Fortunately, I have included fast-growing options, so you can always stick to those for quicker results. 

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