Flowering trees are not the short little plants that we usually think of when we hear the word "flower." In fact, some of them are so big that they can tower over our houses. They can provide us with protection from the wind, some of them filter air and other are resistant to certain diseases. But with the good also comes the bad, which means that some of these trees also have to ability to kill, both animals and humans. But we're not here to talk about the things these trees can and cannot do, although you may find some of that in our questions. We want to know whether you're able to identify some of the most popular flowering trees in the world.
Now although they all possess flowers, they do not all bear fruit. It's up to you to use what you know and have seen of these plants to match them to their names. We've added the popular cherry tree, crape myrtle, witch hazel and hibiscus in, but there are also some unfamiliar ones like the forsythia and mimosa tree.
If you're up to the challenge of trying to name these flowering trees from an image, it's time to get started.
The cherry tree is a beautiful ornamental that is widely grown across the world in many temperate regions. The climate in that region ensures that it can germinate. However, it can also be grown in the tropics, where its fruit can be seen during the summer months.
Hibiscus, also known as rose mallow, is a flowering plant with more than 200 species. The type of hibiscus will determine how it is grown. It may be cultivated into a kind of bush or a small tree. The beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers are often used for medicinal purposes.
Crabapple is a small, colorful tree that has been referred to as "jewels of the landscape" due to its beautiful foliage. They are native to the Eastern countries such as Russia and Asia but can be found in the United States. It produces a small apple that is described as having a sour taste.
The white dogwood, also known as Cornus florida, is a tree commonly found in the eastern parts of the United States and it is actually the state tree of Virginia and the state flower of North Carolina. This tree produces bright flowers, mostly in the spring.
The southern magnolia, also called magnolia grandiflora or bull bay, produces flowers of purple, white, red, yellow and pink. The tree is a tall one and may grow from about 60 to 80 feet tall and produce oblong-shaped leaves that can grow as much as ten inches in length.
In North America, witch hazel is sometimes called winter bloom. Witch hazel is a deciduous tree that may sometimes be found as a shrub and can grow from 5 to 15 feet tall. There are different species of it such as Chinese witch hazel, but generally, the leaves are about 3-5 inches long. Witch hazel grows in shady, moist areas.
Tonto crape myrtle, usually referred to as crape myrtle, is a tree that grows easily and very quickly, and so should be carefully planted with lots of space for it to grow. This crape myrtle is the ideal backyard tree; its flowers of purple, white, mauve or pink add bright colors to the outdoors.
The oleander is a small tree or evergreen shrub with long, slender leaves and flowers of a bright pink that bloom from the early summer months until mid-fall. Do not be fooled by its pretty sight though, as the oleander is very toxic and should not be consumed in any way.
Wisteria is a vine that grows well in fertile soil that has full exposure to sunlight. This invasive vine produces beautiful flowers of lilac, pink and lavender that can be seen drooping from walls and buildings. Wisteria can be trained and grown into a lovely tree, as long as proper care is maintained.
The jacaranda tree is a South America tree that is loved for its trumpet-shaped flowers of a bright lilac bluish hue that come to life around October. This tree grows very quickly and is ideal for landscaping along streets and parks, as it will bring vivid colors into the neighborhood.
The plumeria tree thrives in the warm, tropical climate of the islands in the Caribbean, some countries in Central America and others in India and Asia. It produces fragrant flowers that are usually yellow in the center and provide a perfect contrast to the petals that may be red, pink and other sunset colors.
The blue moon wisteria is a variety of the wisteria plant that produces clusters of blue, lavender flowers. Despite its beauty, one should also bear in mind that the entire plant contains wisterin, a toxin which makes it dangerous to animals and humans and so it should not be consumed.
Forsythia is a flowering shrub that is named after a botanist named William Forsyth, who took the shrub from China. This shrub grows quickly, about one-two feet yearly and it should be planted about 4-6 feet from other shrubs and plants.
The fringe tree is an ornamental that, in the case of the common fringe tree, blooms white, sweet-smelling fringy flowers from May-June. Male and female flowers may be found on different trees, where the females produce fruits that are similar to olives and are consumed by birds.
Chaste tree, sometimes called Vitex chaste tree, is one that is indigenous to Europe and Asia. It has multiple trunks, grows about 10-20 feet and spreads for an additional 10-15 feet. Chaste tree is used in herbal remedies to manage hormonal problems in women such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
The red bird of paradise is a medium green shrub that is often referred to as the crane flower, due to its unique flowers that resemble a bird's feathers and beak. These flowers may be orange-reddish in color and bloom after the shrub is planted in the sunny outdoors in well-drained soil.
The fragrant lilac is a hardy shrub that can be planted to suit one's preference. It can be into a plant, hedge or as a windbreak. True to its name, the flowers are fragrant and bloom in clusters during April or May. Though the flowers are usually purple or lilac, they may be white, magenta or pink.
This tree comes from the family of dogwood trees called Cornus Florida that is indigenous to some countries of North America and Mexico. The pink dogwood is a popular variety that is widely planted in time for its bright pink bracts to blossom during spring.
The tulip tree is a large tree that can grow to a great height of 80-100 feet tall, with the tallest recorded one being 200 feet. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the yellow-orange, tulip-shaped blossoms. The tree is well-loved and serves as the national tree of the US states of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The golden chain tree is a spectacular sight; clusters of long, bright yellow flowers droop down from the branches of this small tree, that stands at about 15 feet. Laburnum may be the official name but, due to its appearance, this tree is sometimes called "golden rain" or simply, "golden chain."
The saucer magnolia, also known as the Chinese magnolia, is a tree or shrub that can be found in many parts of the United States and Europe. It gets its name from its large, saucer-shaped flowers of pink, purple and white. This tree is also quite adaptable and can easily flourish in sunny and shaded areas.
The red horse chestnut tree is a medium-sized hybrid that belongs to the Aesculus species of chestnut shrubs and trees. In the spring, it produces batches of pinkish red flowers and spiky, poisonous fruits.
The Cleveland pear tree is a small tree of 25-40 feet and maximum 16 feet wide, that was bred as a replacement for the Bradford pear. Despite its name, it does not produce any seeds or fruit but instead has raunchy smelling flowers. This tree is an ornamental that can be used to decorate streets and gardens.
The smoke tree is recognized by its wispy, hairy, panicles that are long, purple or red and give this tree its smoky appearance. This tree has a short trunk and branches that spread out as well as small berries that are sporadically seen on the stems.
This tree is noted for its production of gorgeous flower heads. PeeGee is the brief version of its scientific name, where the "P" in its name stands for paniculata while the G stands for grandiflora, which are both parts of its full name- Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora.
The mimosa tree has over 400 herbs and shrubs, of which the mimosa tenuiflora and the mimosa pudica are quite popular. Generally, this tree has a smooth, dark brown bark, soft fern-like clustered leaves and thin, silky, pompom flowers of yellow, red or pink.
The knock out rose tree is known for its flowers of mostly vivid pink or red that may also be yellow. These flowers bloom for weeks, from early spring and then right into winter. This rose is low maintenance and does not require constant trimming and it is resistant to most diseases that plague roses.
This tree is named "red rocket" for its speed. It grows as much as five feet per year and in a straight, upright manner. Its bright red, papery flowers are greatly admired and they bloom for 100 days, from July to September.
The pink weeping cherry tree is an elegant one; its slender branches grow upward then cascade gracefully. Its small clustered flowers often bloom into a rich pink or white and may change color while they are blooming. The flowers of this tree are similar to the shape of popcorn.
The evergreen Gardenia tree stands at about five to seven feet tall and two to three feet wide, when mature. It is known for its wavy white flowers that provide a stark contrast against its dark green foliage. This plant will also be ideal in a garden or as a potted plant due to its wonderful aroma that is sure to serve as a warm welcome to visitors.
The Royal Poinciana tree, also called the flamboyant or flame tree, is a tropical beauty that resembles a large umbrella when it is mature. It comes to life during spring, when it brings forth thousands of lovely red blossoms against a backdrop of lush green leaves.
Wolf eyes is a Chinese dogwood with flowers that have been known to bloom for six weeks at a time, from late spring to the early weeks of summer. It produces round berries that look like the pupil of a wolf ‘s eyes and the white bracts that surround the berries can be thought of as the white of the wolf's eyes.
Pink velour crape is a tree of 8 to 10 feet that is not of high maintenance like other trees; it is resistant to mildew and drought and can survive in almost all soil except one that is sodden. This tree produces bright pink flowers during summer and dark orange-red leaves during autumn.
Angel trumpet is the common name for two species of plants called Brugmansia and Datura that belong to the nightshade family. Brugmansia produces big trumpet-shaped flowers of many colors that are about 6 to 10 inches long and droop down from its strong branches.
The cassia tree is more commonly known as the golden shower tree, due to its lovely array of yellow flowers that bloom during the months of May-June and July. This tree is native to Malaysia and India and countries of southeast Asia and belongs to the family of Fabaceae.
The ylang ylang is another type of tree that is native to Asia, particularly countries of Indonesia and the Philippines. It is also known as the cananga tree or the perfume tree, due to its beautiful scented flowers of yellow, mauve or pink.
Rose of Sharon, also called shrub Althea, is a plant of many contradictions. Firstly, despite its name, it is not a rose, but it is, in fact, part of the mallow family along with the hibiscus species. Also, it is native to China and India rather than Syria, in spite of its name, where it has been grown for a long time.
The silk cotton tree, also called Ceiba Tree or Ceiba pentandra, is a large tree that can be found in tropical areas. It blooms flowers of various colors such as white, yellow, pink and red and pods of seeds that contain cotton fibers that are used to make mattresses and life jackets.
Krauter Vesuvius is a flowering plum tree that is a pretty sight. The leaves are dark purple and the flowers pop up in a lovely light shade of pink. This tree also produces vivid red plums in the fall that adds to its beauty. The KV is also urban-friendly, as it is tolerant of pollutants and will aid in filtering the air.
The desert rose is a tree that is native to tropical Africa and some countries in the Middle East. This plant does not thrive in the cold and should be planted in plentiful sun and given just the right amount of water. This plant should be handled carefully because the sap is very toxic to humans and animals.