Most of us take great pride in our front yards and we want them to look great. While some people prefer to stick with different color themes, trees with red flowers are always in style and might just be a great addition to your yard. Most are beautiful even when out of season, as they offer varying shades depending on the season. Let’s take a look at eight beautiful trees with red flowers that are perfect for front or back yards.
1. Royal Poinciana
Especially if your neighborhood already has evergreen trees scattered throughout, you can one-up your neighbors by getting a royal poinciana, or Delonix regia, tree. While these are evergreen trees, the bright red flowers are quite noticeable and can add an amazing “pop” of color to your front yard. These can grow quite large – up to 40 feet high and a 60-foot spread – so they are perfect for the centerpiece of a garden or a sitting area in the yard. If you live in a very cold region, these unfortunately might not be right for you, as they don’t tolerate frost and prefer a full sun environment.
2. Pomegranate Tree
Of course, we can’t leave out the pomegranate trees! These bring gorgeous red flowers in the springtime and the delicious fruit is normally ripe and ready-to-eat in October or November. The so-called “Wonderful Pomegranate” is possibly the most popular tree in the United States due to its adaptability to different soils and climates, though it would prefer a hot and dry climate. If you choose to buy a tree for your front yard, you may need to be patient, as some of them produce fruit their first year and others do not.
3. Red Silk Cotton
If you want your front yard tree with red flowers to stand out on your block, you most definitely can’t go wrong with a red silk cotton tree, or Bombax ceiba. These trees are huge and at full height can reach over 80 feet tall, though many remain around 65 feet tall. These require a lot of sun, so they are best in the wide open, middle of your yard. If you’re looking for one of these trees in your local area, note that they may be labeled as kapok trees, as they are the same thing as cotton trees. On the contrary to many of the trees on this list that bloom in the spring, these start to bloom in the later part of the winter.
4. Red Buckeye
The Red Buckeye tree, or Aesculus pavia, is another phenomenal option if you want a tree with red flowers in your front yard. The flowers bloom early in the Spring and this tree has derived its name from the white spot on each of its brown seeds, therefore making it look like the eye of a buck. This tree is not as large as others, normally ending up between 10 and 20 feet high, and the blossoms “cluster” together and attract wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. This tree tolerates heat well, so if you live in a hot climate, this might be the tree for you.
If you love having birds gather in your front yard, a Waratah tree (AKA Alloxylon flammeum) might be right for you. Native to Australia, the flowers on the Waratah are noticeably larger than those on other trees and the fruits grow in a unique spiral shape. Birds and butterflies flock to these trees, especially in the mornings. These grow to be about 13 feet, so they are perfect for a small garden, and unlike many other trees, they can handle light frosts on the colder days.
6. Autumn Blaze Red Maple
Maple trees are a fan favorite all across the board, but one species that deserves a shoutout is the Autumn Blaze red maple. This tree makes a huge statement, as the mature height is up to 60 feet and the mature width is up to 30 feet. Maples are known to adapt to various sorts of soil, so chances are they can thrive where you live. These are great trees to line in a row on a driveway or against a wall, but they also look stunning standing alone. They are also one of the more disease-resistant species and are rather low maintenance, just requiring rainwater in most areas.
7. Prairifire Flowering Crabapple
The Prairifire Flowering Crabapple tree, or Malus ‘Prairifire’, is a bold addition to any front yard with its dark red flowers that sometimes feature a more purple tint as Spring turns to Fall. It needs to be noted that while the red flowers on this tree are gorgeous, the bronze hue this tree develops in the Fall is also beautiful and unique. These trees produce small fruits that attract birds and various mammals, and they love full sun so they are great for the middle of the yard where there is direct sunlight.
If you want an extra unique-appearing tree, the Bottlebrush, or Callistemon spp., may just be the best thing for your front yard. Another tree native to Australia, these look exactly like the name suggests – a bottlebrush. This tree is usually on the smaller side, averaging out at about 15 feet high. The flowers appear red or crimson and usually continue to bloom throughout the summer months. One downside to this tree is that it doesn’t like cold temperatures, so if you live in a cold climate, you may want to plant it in a pot that you can move indoors when temperatures are low. However, if you live somewhere with a very hot climate, this tree should thrive.