When you plant flowering trees in your landscape, you’re assured of bursts of red, white, pink or yellow every year at about the same time. These seedlings will bloom for years with just some watering and taking care of any pests they attract. Besides adding beauty to your landscape, eventually these trees will also provide shade. When established flowering trees not only increase the value of your property, but also attract birds and various forms of wildlife.
Some gardeners recommend planting three trees together to create a grove. However many you decide on, it’s a good idea to plant new seedlings when rain is predicted for at least four days in a row.
Plant one, two or all ten of these, just make sure each will thrive in your climate zone.
1. Eastern Redbud
On the smallish side, this tree reaches 15 to 25 feet. The flowers in bud show a reddish-purple and in bloom they emerge rose colored while sometimes turning a vibrant yellow in the fall. Hardy in zones 4-9.
2. Southern Magnolia
This Southern tree produces fragrant creamy white blossoms and polished, evergreen leaves. During the fall the magnolia bears red fruit. Usually this tree grows from 60 to 80 feet tall and is also very wide. Make sure you have enough room. Grows best in zones 7-9.
3. Flowering Dogwood
The height varies according to the climate, but ranges from 20 to 40 feet tall. Its horizontal branches make the dogwood almost square in shape. Leaves change to a reddish-purple in the fall and flowers can be white or pink in the spring depending on the variety. Hardy in zones 5-9.
4. Flowering Crabapple
Comes with white, pink or red flowers and in upright, narrow or weeping shapes. In the fall, the crabapple bears its namesake in small yellow, orange or red apples. Grows well in zones 3-8, depending on type.
5. Fringe Tree
These don’t usually grow taller than 20 feet. If you plant in groves of three, you have a better chance of obtaining both male and female trees. Males bloom more displaying white feathery, fragrant flowers and females attract birds with their fruit. Rarely seen, but easy to grow. Hardy in zones 3-9.
6. Crape Myrtle
Found mostly in the Southern states, this tree needs hot summers to flourish where it will reach heights of 15 to 25 feet. Flowers can be scarlet, grape, cotton-white or any number of colors. Hardy in zones 7-9.
7. Mimosa Tree
Not to be confused with the breakfast cocktail of the same name, this tree has also been dubbed a “silk tree.” The deep pink flowers draw butterflies and birds to your yard. Drought-tolerant and better-suited to dryer climates. Grows in zones 6-9.
8. Washington Hawthorn
Look for white flowers in late spring and leaves which first appear reddish-purple before changing to dark green. Wildlife is attracted to the Hawthorn’s red fruit which lingers on the branches into the winter. Reaches 25 to 30 feet in height. Grows best in zones 4-8.
9. Flowering Cherry
The Japanese flowering cherry comes in different sizes and shapes from sprawling to dwarf to weeping. Flower color can be white, light pink or a deep pink and the tree blooms most of the spring. Depending on the variety, the cherry tree can grow to 25 feet. Grows in zones 5-9.