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Summer’s rainbow of flowers

So many flowers…so little time. Summer’s flowering tree displays range from the warm orange-red hues of the Royal Poinciana (count yourself VERY fortunate if you own a yellow poinciana – they are quite uncommon), and the scarlet tones of the Black Diamond© Crepe Myrtle (notable for their deep burgundy leaves), to the cooler violet hues of the Chaste Tree. Also in the summer flower palette are the pink, white, and lavender varieties of the Crepe Myrtle, as well as the yellows of some Cassia species.


Royal Poinciana

Royal Poinciana – Delonix regia – is a large tree with a height of 35 to 40 ft. and a spread of 40 to 60 ft. Its blooming period extends from late May to September, but most trees bloom in June or July. At the end of the flowering season, the tree bears seedpods which can be used to propagate more trees.

Royal Poinciana [Credit: Pixabay]

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle (alternate spelling Crapemyrtle) Lagerstroemia indica –  is considered a small to medium-sized tree (depending on variety), with a height of 10 to 30 ft. and a spread of 15 to 25 ft. Its blooming period extends from June to August.

Crepe Myrtle varieties [Credit: Green Acres Nursery]

Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree – Vitex agnus-castus – is a small tree with a height of 10 to 15 ft. and a spread of 15 to 20 ft. Its blooming period extends from June to August.

Chaste Tree [Credit: UF/IFAS]

Summer-flowering Cassia

Although there has been significant reclassification of botanical names for plants in the Cassia and Senna genera which has created some amount of confusion, there is no debate on the glorious splash of color which these trees add to the summer landscape.

Cassia [Credit: Pixabay]

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2 Comments on “Summer’s rainbow of flowers

  1. I grew up with my father teaching me of all these varieties of old southern landscape gems. So glad to see you’re teaching others about them as well. Keep the gems coming and alive

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