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15 Types Of Trees with Purple Flowers

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Trees are generally long-term investments, requiring considerable forethought as they’ll be around for many years, creating their own ecosystem, adding shade, creating a windbreak, or simply adding beauty and stature.

Purple was a costly hue in antiquity, with a pound of Tyrian purple dye said to cost anything up to $7,000 in today’s value. Purple flowering trees can be an exquisite addition to any garden, evoking a sense of tranquility and beauty in addition to their practical use.

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    Because every desire has a fulfillment burden, especially for long-term decisions, making an informed decision is prudent.

    To help you make a choice that suits your needs, I’m sharing 15 different purple flower trees, with the pros and cons of each one.

    I hope that helps you choose well. Please note they’re listed alphabetically – not by my preference,

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    1. Chastetree (Vitex Agnus-Castus)

    Chastetree
    Chastetree

    Chastetree is notable for its spectacular summer display of fragrant, upward-pointing, terminal panicles of lavender blossoms that are highly alluring to butterflies and bees. It can be cultivated as a large, deciduous, multistemmed shrub or a compact, 10 to 15 feet tall tree.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:7b – 11
    Flower Color:Lavender
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy
    Flowering Time:Late winter to early summer
    Light Requirement:Full sun, partial sun, or partial shade
    Soil:Sand; loam; clay; acidic; alkaline; well-drained
    Height:10 to 15 feet
    Spread:15 to 20 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:An invasive, non-native tree
    Uses:Specimen; container or planter; trained as a standard; deck or patio
    Chastetree Details

    2. Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

    Crepe Myrtle
    Crepe Myrtle

    The individual blooms have a crepe-paper-like texture, with ruffles and crinkles. Most tree shapes are vase-shaped, upright-spreading, or upright-spreading while ascending.

    Although several miniature varieties are available, most tree types reach 20 to 25 feet. The tall-growing varieties are excellent for planting as street trees because of their erect, vase-shaped crowns.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:7 – 9a
    Flower Color:Lavender; pink; purple; red; white
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy
    Flowering Time:Spring and Summer
    Light Requirement:Full sun
    Soil:Sand; loam; clay; slightly alkaline; acidic; well-drained
    Height:10 to 30 feet
    Spread:15 to 25 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:Potentially
    Uses:Near a deck or patio; trainable as a standard; shade tree
    Crepe Myrtle Details

    3. Desert Willow (Chilopsis Linearis)

    Desert Willow
    Desert Willow

    The smooth, willow-like leaves and lovely blossoms of this native North American tree are well recognized in hot, arid locations where they provide a pleasant reprieve. Desert willow has rather loose, open branches and grows to a maximum height and width of 30 feet. Despite being deciduous, the long, narrow leaves are 5 to 12 inches long and do not significantly change color in the fall.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:7b – 11
    Flower Color:Lavender and white, cream, gray, or pink.
    Flower Characteristic:Showy
    Light Requirement:Full sun
    Soil:Clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; well-drained
    Height:20 to 30 feet
    Spread:15 to 25 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:Weedy native
    Uses:Container or planter to cover a deck or patio
    Desert Willow Details

    4. Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

    Eastern Redbud
    Eastern Redbud

    Eastern Redbud, the official tree of Oklahoma, grows moderately too quickly when young, reaching heights of 20 to 30 feet. Rare thirty-year-old examples can grow to 35 feet and resemble a spherical vase.

    This is an excellent, appealing tree for understory or specimen planting due to its yellow (but rather varied and unreliable) fall color and tolerance to partial shade.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:4b – 9a
    Flower Color:Light pink to dark magenta
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy
    Flowering Time:Early spring, before new growth
    Light Requirement:Full sun, partial sun, or partial shade
    Soil:clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; occasionally wet; well-drained
    Height:20 to 30 feet
    Spread:15 to 25 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:Potentially
    Uses:Near a deck or patio as a shade tree
    Eastern Redbud Details

    5. Fragrant Lilac Tree (Syringa vulgaris)

    Fragrant Lilac Tree
    Fragrant Lilac Tree

    The common lilac is one of the most popular and frequently spotted flowering shrubs in the Midwest. Older stems are gray, whereas younger stems are brownish-gray with elevated lenticels.

    May sees the blooming of the well-known and highly scented purple blooms. The enormous conical to narrow-pyramidal panicles, which are 6 to 8 inches long, bear tubular blooms with four lobes.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:3 – 7
    Cultivar Recommendation:Syringa vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’ is a 10 to 12 feet high cultivar with an upright habit and reddish-purple flowers.
    Flowering Time:Spring-flowering shrub
    Light Requirement:Full sun
    Soil:Moist, organic-rich, well-drained soils
    Height:8 to 15 feet
    Spread:6 to 12 feet
    Pruning:Prune dead flowers
    Invasive Assessment:Unlikely
    Uses:Borders, hedges, or screens
    Fragrant Lilac Tree Details

    6. Jacaranda Tree (Jacaranda mimosifolia)

    Jacaranda Tree
    Jacaranda Tree

    Jacarandas are excellent for cooling patios because of their gentle, dappled shade. Still, you should avoid planting them close to swimming pools because of the frequent leaf and flower shedding.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:9b – 11
    Flower Color:Lavender to violet purple
    Flower Characteristic:very showy; lightly fragrant
    Flowering Time:Spring and Summer
    Light Requirement:Full sun
    Soil:Sand; loam; clay; slightly alkaline; acidic; well-drained
    Height:25 to 40 feet
    Spread:45 to 60 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:Not considered a problem species
    Uses:Tree lawn > 6 ft wide; shade; specimen
    Jacaranda Tree Details

    7. Korean Lilac Tree (Syringa pubescens)

    Korean Lilac Tree
    Korean Lilac Tree

    The spreading lilac Syringa meyeri has reddish-purple buds opening to delicate, fragrant lilac flowers. It is broader than tall, begins to bloom early, and blooms lavishly in the middle of the season, usually around mid-May. It can be used to create a low hedge by planting it in clusters or as a shrub border.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:3b – 7a
    Flower Color:Fragrant violet-purple flowers are densely packed on a 4″ panicle. Blooms in May.
    Flower Characteristic:Showy
    Flowering Time:Spring
    Light Requirement:Full sun to partial shade
    Soil:Moist, well-drained, and slightly alkaline
    Height:4 to 8 feet
    Spread:6 to 10 feet
    Uses:Patio, walkways, hedges
    Korean Lilac Tree Details

    8. Orchid Tree (Bauhinia Variegata)

    Orchid Tree
    Orchid Tree

    Orchid trees need full sun and well-drained soil to develop, trees are exceptionally resistant to drought, and dry soils are ideal for flowering. Young orchid trees may require occasional trimming to help them maintain a consistent shape.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:4b – 9a
    Flower Color:Purplish to white
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy, fragrant, and orchid-like
    Flowering Time:Late winter to early summer
    Light Requirement:Full sun to partial shade
    Soil:Clay; sand; loam; acidic; slightly alkaline; well-drained
    Height:20 to 40 feet
    Spread:25 to 35 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:In the South, it’s not recommended; it may be recommended in Central US but must be managed to prevent escape; in the North, there are no restrictions (yet)
    Uses:Tree lawn 4–6 feet wide
    Orchid Tree Details

    9. Persian Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

    Persian Silk Tree
    Persian Silk Tree

    It is an Asian native brought to the United States in 1745, also known as the mimosa. Its fragrant and eye-catching blossoms led to its cultivation as an ornamental tree.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:6b – 9a
    Flower Color:Pink
    Flower Characteristic:Showy, fragrant, and long-blooming (May – Jul)
    Flowering Time:Spring and summer
    Light Requirement:Full sun to partial shade
    Soil:Well-drained loam
    Height:20 to 40 feet
    Spread:20 to 50 feet
    Maintenance:High
    Invasive Assessment:In some states
    Uses:Tree lawn 4–6 feet wide
    Persian Silk Tree Details

    10 Princess tree (Paulownia tomentosa)

    Princess tree
    Princess tree

    Flowers are produced before the development of leaves, making them stand out beautifully, especially against an evergreen backdrop.

    Princess-Tree can grow quickly and, in an open setting, with an equal spread, grow to a height of 50 feet. The majority of trees are 30–40 feet tall and wide.

    It has naturalized in many areas of the South and does best in deep, damp, but well-drained soil.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:5b – 9b
    Flower Color:Lavender
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy
    Light Requirement:Full sun to partial shade
    Soil:Sand; loam; clay; acidic; slightly alkaline; occasionally wet; well-drained
    Height:40 to 50 feet
    Spread:40 to 50 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:Invasive non-native
    Uses:Urban tolerant
    Princess Tree Details

    11. Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera)

    Purple Leaf Plum
    Purple Leaf Plum

    A short-lived ornamental tree planted for its lovely purple foliage is the purple leaf plum. It is a shrubby, twiggy tree with spreading branches that can be trained like vases and dense foliage.

    The crown is spherical. Although it can tolerate various soil types, it requires full light. Use as a screen or hedge, plant as a specimen, in a border, or in small groups.

    This little flowering tree is an excellent addition to a Japanese garden or a cottage garden.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:5b – 8a
    Flower Color:Pink – leaves purple
    Light Requirement:Full sun (>6 hours a day)
    Soil:Not very fussy but needs good drainage
    Height:15 to 25 feet
    Spread:15 to 20 feet
    Pruning:Needed for a strong structure
    Invasive Assessment:Invasive non-native
    Uses:For smaller spaces
    Purple Leaf Plum Details

    12. Purple Robe Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

    Purple Robe Locust
    Purple Robe Locust

    This black locust cultivar likely reaches a height of 40 feet and a spread of 20 to 35 feet. A lawn can grow beneath the tree due to its upright, rounded growth and short, erratic limbs, which create a tighter canopy than the species and cast light shade.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:4a – 8b
    Flower Color:Lavender
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy
    Light Requirement:Full sun (>6 hours a day) to partial shade
    Soil:Not very fussy but needs good drainage
    Height:30 to 50 feet
    Spread:20 to 35 feet
    Invasive Assessment:Native
    Uses:Shade Tree
    Purple Robe Locust Details

    13. Royal Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria)

    Royal Purple Smoke Tree
    Royal Purple Smoke Tree

    The prize-winning “Royal Purple” smoke tree is a substantial shrub or small tree with stunning purple foliage and a compact growth habit.

    The colors and texture create the appearance of smoke.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:4a – 8b
    Flower Color:Purple/Lavender
    Flower Characteristic:Showy, long-blooming
    Light Requirement:Full sun (>6 hours a day)
    Soil:Well-draining loam
    Height:10 to 15 feet
    Spread:15 to 20 feet
    Uses:Lawn, patio, hedge
    Royal Purple Smoke Tree Details

    14. Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangiana)

    Saucer Magnolia
    Saucer Magnolia

    A deciduous tree cultivated from a hybrid cross between M. denudata and M. liliflora. It is upright, pyramidal to rounded, and can reach 35 feet.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:4a – 9a
    Flower Color:Purple/Lavender
    Flower Characteristic:Showy and fragrant
    Light Requirement:Full sun (>6 hours a day) to partial shade (2 to 6 hours)
    Soil:Drains well, organic, loam
    Height:15 to 35 feet
    Spread:15 to 25 feet
    Uses:Lawn, patio, recreational shade.
    Saucer Magnolia Details

    15 Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora Secundiflora)

    Texas Mountain Laurel
    Texas Mountain Laurel

    A small native evergreen to North America, the Texas mountain laurel grows 15 to 25 feet tall with a spread of 10 feet but can grow as tall as 50 feet in its natural environment.

    Its thin, upright profile and dense foliage can be pruned into a tree shape.

    FactorDetails
    Hardiness Zone:7b – 10a
    Flower Color:Purple
    Flower Characteristic:Very showy
    Flowering Time:Late spring to early summer
    Light Requirement:Full sun, partial sun, or partial shade
    Soil:Clay; sand; loam; alkaline; well-drained
    Height:15 to 20 feet
    Spread:10 to 12 feet
    Pruning:Not much required
    Invasive Assessment:Low invasive potential
    Uses:Container or planter; hedge; deck or patio; screen; reclamation.
    Texas Mountain Laurel Details

    In Closing

    There are hundreds of tree choices for landscaping your yard. When it comes to trees with purple flowers, there are only so many – I’ve shared 15.

    Purple is an excellent choice to create a space of tranquility and beauty. Now it’s up to you to choose the right purple flowering tree for your purposes.

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