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Street Flowering Trees

Natchez Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-11

The white Natchez Crape Myrtle plants can be purchased as a single trunk or multi-trunk tree, bush or shrub, depending on how one chooses to prune them. In Tifton, Ga. the city chooses to plant the popular Natchez Crape Myrtle as a street tree in front of banks, churches and shopping malls. Crape Myrtle trees are pruned severely to 6 foot stubs each winter so that all the new growth in the spring surges to great lengths, and the weighted new branches arc downwards into a cascade of fluffy white.
Flowering Pear
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USDA Zones 5-10

Flowering pear trees are often a preferred street tree to establish along busy streets or even in urban neighborhoods. The Bradford pear tree is a very fast growing street tree that grows into a beautiful globular, leafy canopy that turns brilliant yellow and red in fall. The 12 ft.height does not normally interfere with power lines lining city streets. In the early spring the gray twigs are hidden and encircled by fragrant cluster of pure white flowers that remain extended in spectacular bloom.
Golden Rain Tree
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USDA Zones 5-9

A perfect street tree for spectacular yellow flowers is the golden rain tree that in late spring is filled with giant 1 ft. sprays of golden, fragrant flowers whose favorite visitors are honey bees that gather the aromatic nectar for honey making while traffic flows by. Following the extended flowering are huge green seedpods formed from hanging, little lanterns that change color to pink, tan and finally brown with the seasons. the exotic oriental tree shape is asymmetrical & leafy greened.
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-10

The red rocket crape myrtle tree is an excellent flowering tree suited for street planting to muffle traffic sounds and provide spectacular red flower clusters that last continuously for several months. Busy noisy city streets in the South planted with crape myrtle trees are heavily pruned to 6 ft. in winter to flower explosively - a dramatic fireworks red during extended summer months to repeat a flowering extravaganza in the fall. The ornamental colored bark arcs and peels during dormancy.
Muscogee Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-11

The Muscogee crape myrtle trees line the streets of the South as a favorite lavender colored flowering tree with an extended summer blooming period lasting several months & reblooming in the fall. This crape myrtle plant is fast growing into a large tree that decorates interstate highways and busy city streets, adding canopies of dark green leaves that absorb the noxious carbon dioxide fumes flowing from automobile exhaust pipes, and the gases are converted into a breathable oxygen refreshment.
Miami Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-11

This video shows many examples of crape myrtle trees used as landscape specimens in various Churches located in Tifton, Georgia. The Churches used are the St. Anne's Episcopal Church, The First United Methodist Church,The First Baptist Church,The Catholic Church and the First Presbyterian Church landscaped gardens. The Crape Myrtle cultivars used are Red Rocket, Natchez, Yuma, Dynamite and Miami crape myrtles. The crape myrtle tree is popular to use at Churches because of the vibrant flowers.
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-10


Yuma Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-11


Magnolia 'Little Gem'
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USDA Zones 5-10


Southern Magnolia
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USDA Zones 5-10


Acoma Crape Myrtle
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USDA Zones 5-11

The Acoma Crape Myrtle is and excellent flowering tree for gardeners who search for a white semi-dwarf tree that appears perfectly adapted for growing as street flowering trees that are small enough that buildings or city sites located at curbside are not obscured. The huge clusters of white flowers begin during the last week of May and continue blooming for weeks, and then return to rebloom several times. Acoma literally thrives on neglect and growth even continues during extended droughts.