10 Beautiful Red Flowering Trees

Red flowering trees are ideal for bringing some color to your garden during the spring and summer months.

They’re also great for attracting hummingbirds, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.

Here are 10 stunning trees with red flowers to plant in your yard.

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1. Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Dogwoods are deciduous flowering trees that grow best in areas with cool winter temperatures and warm summers.

In spring they produce beautiful flowers that can be red, pink or white and in fall the leaves turn a beautiful bright red color before they fall off.

Dogwoods can grow up to 16 feet (5 metres) tall and they do well in full sun or part shade.

red dogwood flower

2. Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp) 

Crape Myrtles are deciduous flowering trees that bloom from summer until fall.

As well as red, the flowers can be pink, purple or white.

During fall the leaves turn yellow, orange and then red before falling off.

Crape Myrtle trees can tolerate a range of conditions including light frosts and hot summer temperatures.

red crape myrtle flowers

3. Royal Poinciana tree (Delonix regia)

Royal Poincianas are stunning evergreen trees that produce bright orange/ red flowers in the spring and summer.

They grow best in a spot that receives full sun and they’re not frost tolerant.

Royal Poincianas can grow up to 40 feet (12 metres) tall and spread out 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 metres) wide so they’re best suited to large gardens.

RELATED: How To Keep Poinciana Trees Small

red poinciana tree

4. Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.)

Bottlebrush is a beautiful Australian native plant that can be grown as a shrub or small tree.

The red brush-like flowers bloom from summer to fall and they provide valuable nectar for bees and birds.

Bottlebrush is a low maintenance plant that is reasonably drought tolerant and grows well in full sun or partial shade. 

red bottlebrush flower

5. Eucalyptus Tree

Eucalyptus is another Australian native tree with fragrant leaves and beautiful red flowers.

They grow best in warm climates in a spot with full sun throughout the day.

There are over 500 varieties of Eucalyptus trees including some small varieties that are ideal for backyard gardens. [1]

red eucalyptus flowers

6. Crabapple Tree (Malus sylvestris)

Crabapples produce beautiful flowers that can be red, pink or white and the flowers come in single, double and semi-double forms.

Some of the flowers are strongly scented while others have very little fragrance.

The trees produce small fruits that are about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and you can harvest them in fall and use them to make jellies and jams.

Crabapple trees grow best in a spot with full sun and they’re beautiful low maintenance trees to have in the garden.

red crabapple flowers

7. Red Silk Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba)

Cotton trees, also known as kapok trees, are large red flowering trees that can grow 65 to 82 feet (20 to 25 metres) tall.

They grow best in tropical climates and need a full sun position.

Red Silk Cotton Trees are deciduous and bloom on bare branches beginning in late winter or early spring.

red silk cotton tree flowers

8. Pomegranate tree (Punica granatum)

Pomegranates are attractive small fruit trees that produce beautiful red flowers in spring.

It usually takes 5 to 6 years for the trees to produce fruit so you’ll need a bit of patience to harvest your first pomegranates.

Pomegranate trees grow best in warm climates and can tolerate full sun or partial shade.

pomegranate flowers

9. Japanese Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles japonica)

Japanese flowering quinces are beautiful small trees that grow 10 feet (3 metres) tall.

They bloom in spring and the flowers can be red, orange, pink or white.

Japanese flowering quince trees also produce small edible fruits, but they’re very tart tasting so they’re best used for cooking.

japanese flowering quince

10. Waratah (Telopea spp.)

Waratahs produce stunning large red flowers that attract bees and nectar feeding birds.

They grow best in a spot that receives morning sun but is shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

Waratahs do well in sandy soil and can reach 13 feet (4 metres) tall.

red waratah flower

Caring for red flowering trees

Choose a spot in your garden where there’s plenty of room for the tree to grow and spread out.

Dig some aged compost or manure into the soil before planting and regularly water the young tree until it becomes established.

Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help it retain moisture.

Prune annually and remove any dead or diseased branches to keep the tree healthy.

Apply fertilizer in early spring to encourage the trees to produce large, long lasting flowers.

So there are ten beautiful trees with red flowers that are sure to stand out in the garden.

Planting a few of these trees in your garden is a great way to bring color to your yard while also attracting birds, bees and other pollinators. 

tree with red flowers


Which of these red flowering trees do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Kat

    These are all so beautiful in the pictures! Having a red flowering tree really can be a great point of focus in a garden. I never knew that the Eucalyptus produced red flowers – clearly, I haven’t seen too many in the cold areas where I live.

  2. Britt K

    There are some really pretty options here. We have a flowering tree in our front yard, but it’s more of a pink/purple in colour. That being said, I have NO idea what it is lol! It was here when we moved in and comes back every spring to bless us with some beautiful colours in our yard. I have never had a flowering tree before that one (and the tulip poplar in our backyard). That being said, I love it so much that I would definitely make a point of adding one if we move somewhere in the future that doesn’t have one.

  3. Morgan Paxton

    These flowering trees are all so beautiful! I suspect that dogwood would be best for Canadians! We get quite cold winters, but some hot summers. Especially recently. I really loved the look of the japanese flowering quinces though. They are stunning! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge on red flowering trees!

  4. Luna S

    These are all gorgeous! I wish I could grow more trees and plants in my yard but without building some shade, once summer hits the sun always turns my garden into a crisp. I may eventually try again.

  5. Sonia Seivwright

    These trees with red flowers are beautiful. Growing them would be fun and amazing to look at from the window.

  6. Doris Jean

    These flowers are gorgeous. My favorite from your list is the BottleBrush…such an interesting-looking flower. I plan to start gardening so I always enjoy reading your posts as I have zero experience.

  7. Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    These are all such beautiful trees! Red flowers and trees make a gorgeous focal point in any garden. My favorite one on your list is the Waratah. I’m saving this post so I can add that to my garden plans. I’ve been slowly making a list and drawing out how I want everything to look.

  8. rosalee

    how can I order one of your RED (not bright pink) DOGWOODS with WHITE DOT TIPS on the end?

    1. Kelly Martin

      Hi Rosalee, this is just an informational post about the different types of trees with red flowers. To buy one you’d need to order through an online nursery or local nursery in your area.

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