UI Freezes Even with Task & Platform.runLater (JavaFX)

I’ve read similar questions but my UI is still freezing when I add many nodes to a VBox. I’ve provided a fully functional program below which demonstrates the problem clearly.

After 4 seconds, the ProgressIndicator freezes as 5000 nodes are added to the VBox. This is an excessive amount used to demonstrate the JavaFX thread freezing despite using Task (for non-UI work) and then Platform.runLater() for adding the nodes to the scene.

In my actual application, instead of adding blank TitlePanes I’m adding a TitlePane obtained from an FXML file via new FXMLLoader(), and the resulting loader.load() then initializes the associated controller, which in turn initializes some moderately demanding computations – which are being performed on the JavaFX thread! So even though I’m adding closer to 250 nodes, the UI still freezes when the Platform.runLater is eventually used. How do I keep the ProgressIndicator from freezing until the red background is shown?

Full Example:

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.application.Platform;
import javafx.geometry.Insets;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Accordion;
import javafx.scene.control.Label;
import javafx.scene.control.ProgressIndicator;
import javafx.scene.control.TitledPane;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.stage.Stage;
import java.util.Timer;
import java.util.TimerTask;

public class FreezingUI extends Application {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

    public void start(Stage primaryStage) {

        VBox mainBox = new VBox();
        mainBox.setStyle("-fx-background-color: #f1f1f1; -fx-alignment: center");
        Label label = new Label();
        label.setStyle("-fx-font-size: 24px; -fx-text-fill: #515151");

        ProgressIndicator progressIndicator = new ProgressIndicator(ProgressIndicator.INDETERMINATE_PROGRESS);
        mainBox.getChildren().addAll(progressIndicator, label);

        Scene scene = new Scene(mainBox, 500, 800);

        Timer timer = new Timer();
        TimerTask task = new TimerTask(){
            private int i = 4;
            public void run(){
                if (i >= 0) {
                        label.setText("Freezing in " + i--);
        timer.scheduleAtFixedRate(task, 0, 1000);

    private void addNodesToUI(VBox mainBox) {
        final int[] i = {0};
        Platform.runLater(() -> {
            Accordion temp = new Accordion();
            while (i[0] < 5000) {

                TitledPane tp = new TitledPane();
                tp.setPadding(new Insets(10));
                tp.setStyle("-fx-background-color: red;");