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

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Brock Ingham
Brock Ingham

Have you ever imagined your outdoor space blossoming with vibrant shades of red? If you’re like me, you’re likely captivated by the charm of these stunning red flowering trees. However, selecting the right one for your garden might feel like you’re walking through a crowded forest.  

Red Flowering Dogwood
Red dogwood tree flowers in blossom

Plan your landscape now as we discover the charm and charisma of these magnificent trees. From early blooming dogwoods to the everlasting flowers on the bottlebrush tree, lets see which ones will best suit your needs.

Most of the trees here will grow wonderfully next to Orange or Yellow flowering trees based on their hardiness zones and warm color pallets. 🌸


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. 

Botanical Name: Bombax
Growth Rate: Medium 
Native Range: Southeast Asia, Australia 
Hardiness Zones:10-12 
Soil Needs: Sand, Clay soil
Exposure:Full sun 
Blooming Period:March-April
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 
Blooming Period:June-Fall
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. 

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
Soil Needs: Can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions
Exposure:Full sun, partial shade 
Ease of Care:Easy 
Blooming Period:April-May
Red Dogwood Growing Guide Chart

4. Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

Bottlebrush
Bottlebrush

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: Clay, loam or sandy soil
Exposure:Full sun 
Blooming Period:Long – all summer
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.

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
Soil Needs: Clay, loam, sand 
Exposure:Full sun, partial shade 
Propagation:Seeds and cuttings 
Blooming Period:Short 
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
Soil Needs: Loam, clay 
Exposure:Full sun 
Blooming Period:Short 
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
Soil Needs: Moist, well-draining loam, sand 
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade 
Blooming Period:Long 
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
Soil Needs: Loam, clay, sand, well-draining soil
Exposure:Full-sun 
Blooming Period:Medium 
Indian Coral Tree Growing Guide Chart

9. Azaleas (Rhododendron)

Azaleas
Azaleas

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: Asia, Europe, and North America 
Hardiness Zones:4-9
Soil Needs: High in organic matter, acidic soil, well-draining 
Exposure:Partial shade
Blooming Period:Long 
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
Soil Needs: Well-draining soil, loam, sand 
Exposure:Full sun to parietal shade 
Blooming Period:For a few weeks in March or April
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
Soil Needs: Loam, sand, well-draining soil 
Exposure:Partial shade to full sun 
Blooming Period:Medium: April – May
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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