What Tree Has Purple Flowers?

Several trees have purple blossoms
Beautiful tree with purple flowers

Purple Flowering Tree Identification

It is easy to identify purple trees by studying the flowers, leaves, and barks or trunks. You can classify the plant according to the arrangement of petals, stamen (male reproductive parts), and pistil (female reproductive parts). Another helpful clue could be the maximum height and the plant’s climate. Here are examples of purple trees identified using these criteria.

Sweet-Pea Shaped Flowers

Cercis canadensis (Eastern redbud) is a small evergreen shrub that can be trained to a small tree with time. It grows to a maximum height of 20 ft and a width of 12 ft. it has 3 to 7-inch bluish lavender flowers. Another one is a multi-trunk with heart-shaped leaves and small purple flowers.

Big Open Flowers

The purple orchid tree blooms from summer to winter with orchid-like purple flowers and attains a mature size of 20 ft tall and 25 ft wide. It is semi-deciduous and has round leaves.

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Identifying trees that have purple blossoms

What Tree Has Purple Flowers in Spring?

Several trees bloom with purple flowers in the spring. These include but not limited to:

Table – Trees with purple flowers scientific names and information

Common tree name Scientific nameMore information
Purple orchid treeBauhinia purpureaPurple orchid grows up to 30 to 35 ft tall. It thrives in full sun, but it can withstand partial sun. It can grow in any well-drained soil type. It is drought-resistant. It starts to bloom from September until November. The flowers are purple, pink, or lavender.
Royal purple smoketreeCotinus coggygria “Royal Purple.”The royal purple is a slow-growing tree that reaches 12 to 15 feet in height and 10 to 18 feet in width. It has a rounded and symmetrical canopy. It has deep purple deciduous leaves. It flourishes in full sun. It requires acidic, alkaline, well-drained sandy, loamy, or clay soils. It becomes drought-resistant after its establishment. Its bloom season is late spring to early summer. Royal purple smoketree produces red or purple flowers.
Purple robeRobinia pseudoacaciaThe purple robe is fast-growing tree that can reach 30 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 35 feet wide. It grows well in full sun. It flourishes in well-drained acidic, alkaline clay, sandy, or loamy soils. It is drought-resistant once established. It blooms with lavender flowers in spring and lasts ten days. The flowers become seed pods that last throughout winter.
Fragrant lilac treesyringa vulgarisIt is a multi-stem shrub that can grow up to 12 to 15 feet tall. It thrives in full sun but cannot withstand hot, humid conditions. It requires well-drained moist soils. It blooms in spring; April, and May. The fragrant lilac tree produces clusters of light purple, lavender, or lilac flowers.
Empress treepaulownia tomentosa Empress is a fast-growing tree that can reach over 20 feet in its first year and a maximum height of 40 feet. It thrives in deep, well-drained, moist soils. It blooms in spring. Empress tree bears pale violet, tube-like, fragrant flowers that appear in clusters.
Flowering crabappleMalusFlowering crabapple attains a mature size of 15 to 20 feet in height and 12 to 20 widths, with the dwarf varieties being 1/3 of the standard size. It is a flowering fruit tree. It thrives in full sun exposure. It requires rich, well-drained, moist loamy soil. It grows well in acidic to neutral Ph (5.5 to 6.5) It blooms in the late spring with purple, pink, or white flowers. Its seeds could be toxic to animals and humans.

Name a Tree with Purple Flowers North Carolina

The eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a tree with purple flowers in North Carolina. It is an ornamental deciduous tree that can grow up to 20 or 30 feet tall. It grows well in full sun but can tolerate partial shade and requires moderately fertile sandy or clay soils. The tree cannot withstand hot conditions, drought, or wet soil. 

Eastern redbud blooms in early spring before the leaves appear. It produces clusters of light purple or rose-pink flowers. It cannot tolerate root disturbance and requires shielding from strong winds because the branches can easily break. 

What Kind of Trees Bloom Purple Flowers?

The Jacaranda tree (Jacaranda mimosifolia) is one kind of tree that produces purple flowers. Jacaranda blooms in spring and summer with purple or blue-purple flowers. It attains a mature size of 25 to 50 feet in height and 15 to 30 feet in width.

It grows best in warm climates with full sun throughout the day. It thrives in well-drained sandy soil with neutral or acidic Ph. It is an original tree of South America. 

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5 trees with small purple flowers (blossoms)
Which trees have purple flowers?

What Kind of Tree Has Lavender Blossoms?

Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a flowering tree that produces lavender blossoms. It grows to nine meters tall and seven and a half meters wide. It requires full sun exposure, at least six hours daily for maximum bloom.

It thrives in well-drained acidic, alkaline clay, loamy, or sandy soils. It is drought-resistant but cannot tolerate heavy and wet soils. It blooms in April through September with lavender or pink flowers. It is deciduous in winter.

Where Can You Find Purple Trees?

Purple trees grow in various places as long as the area has the right climatic conditions to support the growth and survival of the tree. Most of them require full sun to partial shade and well-drained soils. Here are some areas that you can find purple trees:

  • Brazil 
  • Southwestern United States
  • southern California
  • Washington DC
  • South Africa
  • Los angels
  • Argentina
  • Southwest and Southeast Florida

What Tree Has Purple Leaves?

Purple leaf plum or cherry plum tree (Prunus cerasifera) is the number one tree with purple leaves. It is a deciduous medium-sized ornamental tree. It is medium-growing and attains a mature size of 25 inches of height and 25 inches of width.

It flourishes in full sun exposure for the best foliage. The leaves will not get their rich color in the shade and may turn almost green. 

The purple cherry tree thrives in average well-drained loamy soils. It produces edible red fruits that are ready in the summer. It blooms in the early spring with pink or white flowers. 

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