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Southern Tree Farm Photos-Flowering Trees

Flowering Trees add a picturesque look to your landscape. Not only do we grow lovely flowering trees on our farm, but we also offer landscaping and transplanting services. Here you will find descriptions of flowering trees, growing conditions, tree height and more. The photos show the assortment of flowering trees found at our farm.

  • Golden Rain-The mature golden rain tree reaches a height of 20 to 40 feet, with a spread of between 20 and 35 feet. They are rapid growing trees, thus providing fast-growing shade to gardens.  The golden rain tree grows best in full to partial sun, and well-drained, moist, rich and deep soils. But the golden rain tree does have a high tolerance for pollution and a remarkable tolerance for difficult growing conditions, handling drought, wind, heat and is able to adapt to poor and compact soils and soils with various pH levels.

    Golden rain trees and add floral color in late summer when other popular landscape trees are green. Golden rain trees shed their leaves annually during the winter time.

    There are three noteworthy species of golden rain trees, which are native to eastern Asia; the bouganvillea golden rain tree, which  notoriously produces thousands of seeds from its branches each fall, the panicle golden rain tree which is the most cold-hardy of the trio and the Chinese rain tree or flamegold, which is the subtropical species and yields bumper crops of seeds that germinate readily.

    The leaves of the golden rain tree are pinnate, meaning that they look like a feather in appearance. Their many dark green leaflets are serrated and irregular. The bouganvillea golden rain tree's leaves are twice-pinnate, meaning its larger leaves have second tiers of branches that bear leaflets. In late summer, these trees produce millions of tiny yellow flowers on wispy clusters on branch tips to make the tree look like a powdery, airy golden "rain" or mass of lace. After the flowers appear, papery seed pods form that contain small black seeds. Their color at first is pale green, then they ripen to shades of deep salmon-pink or tan and brown. These seed pods, which look like three-sided lanterns, continue into winter and at times look like flowers themselves, adding color and texture to the tree's canopy when viewed from a distance.

    The prolific seed production of golden rain trees potentially causes weediness in landscapes, as seedlings sprout all over. Their weed status can become invasive and need to be monitored to get rid of tree seedlings.

  • Ligustrum-can grow up to 40 feet high depending on what kind of ligustrum it is. There are about 50 species of the ligustrum and most are native to Asia, Europe, Australia and Malaysia., Ligustrum is a glossy privet tree, meaning it is an evergreen shrub or  small tree. It has glossy pointed leaves which typically fold upward like a V.  Small white flowers, which emit an unpleasant odor, appear in the late spring or summer, it then produces small blue or purple berries later in the season.

    The ligustrum can be used as hedges, shrubbery, foundation plantings, accent shrubs and stand alone trees as single ornamentals. Ligustrum is often used as a thick privacy screen.

    It is a hardy plant, but is generally limited to warmer, southern climates and along coastal areas. It is easy to grow to the point of becoming an invasive weed in some areas. Ligustrum plants need only a moderate amount of water. For this reason, they are commonly planted along roadsides and in parking lots where little maintenance is required. The ligustrum can survive in most soil conditions. It is not limited in its growth by its location in a yard, growing well in both shady and sunny parts of the landscape. Ligustrum also grows well in containers.

    The most common forms of ligustrum are:

    • Ligustrum japonicum, known as Japanese privet, also called wax privet is either a tree or large shrub that generally grows to a height of 6 to 18 feet. It is commonly sheared and pruned into hedge form Japanese privet has thick, glossy leaves up to 4 inches long and white flowers that look pretty but do not smell good.
    • Ligustrum lucidum, also called the glossy privet, is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to a height of about 30 feet. As indicated by it's common name, the leaves are a shiny dark green.
    • Ligustrum sinense, also known as Chinese privet, is a common semi-evergreen large shrub or small tree that usually grows to heights of 6 to 21 feet and is characterized by hairy shoots. The plant It is often used as a bonsai tree. It is considered to be an invasive weed in moist areas of the southeastern United States. It should not be used as a landscape plant in Florida.
    • Vicary Golden Privet can grow up to 12 feet tall, and produces golden leaves. This deciduous ligustrum grows better as a tree than pruned as a shrub and makes an lovely ornamental tree. This tree tolerates drought and its small, white flowers and black berries attract birds and butterflies.
  • Loquat Trees-are also called the Japanese medlar, usually grow to a height of around 10 feet, but can grow to as high as 20 to 30 feet. The leaves of a Loquat tree are usually shaped like the head of a lance or spear and are 5-12 inches in length with a width of three to four inches. The upper surface of the leaves are generally glossy and dark green, while the underneath is rusty, hairy or whitish and are stiff and thick, with oblique veins. New leaves may be tinged with red at times.

    They grow best in full sunshine and the soil should be neutral to acidic, as loquats do not grow well in alkaline soil. The soil should be fertile, loamy and well drained. These trees are best grown in a mild-temperate to subtropical climate. Loquats are usually planted for ornamental purposes.

    In early winter or late fall, the tree bears sweet fragrant flowers, which are small and white in color. Before the flowers bloom, they show an unusual rusty-wooly texture. Once pollinated, the flowers form loquat fruits. The fruit size can be from one to two inches long. They grow in clusters and are either pear-shaped, oval or rounded. The skin is usually orange or yellow in color, or may at times be red-blushed in color. To produce fruits of the highest quality, the flower clusters may be bagged so as to protect them from being damaged by birds and sunburn. The seed of the loquat fruit is poisonous if ingested.

  • Magnolia-are able to grow as high 60 to 80 feet high and spread out from 30 to 50 feet wide. They are large evergreen trees known for their beautiful large, fragrant flowers, large leaves, fruit and plant forms. These trees are unique in that magnolia flowers don't produce true nectar, but yield pollen in large quantities. The pollen, which is rich in protein, is a food supply for beetles that typically pollinate the tree's flowers.

    There are more than 80 types of magnolia trees in the world and are resistant to most diseases and insects and are easy to grow. Magnolias do not tolerate cold temperatures. The most popular Magnolia Tree Varieties are southern magnolia, cucumber magnolia, Sauder magnolia, star magnolia, sweet bay magnolia, magnolia grandiflora and Asian magnolia-each one being unique and attention grabbing.

  • Golden Rain

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    Golden Rain Tree
  • Ligustrum

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    Ligustrum Tree
  • Loquat

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    Loquat Tree
  • Magnolia

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    Magnolia Tree
  • Magnolia Bloom

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    Magnolia Bloom