Flowering Landscape Trees

An Overview of Popular Blooming Beauties

Golden chain trees pleached to form an archway.
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Flowering landscape trees are the crown jewels of the yard. Perhaps no other plants, individually, can have as great an impact on how a yard looks in spring. Browse the articles linked to below for information on some of the best varieties. For photos, visit the Pictures of Flowering Trees photo gallery.

Crape Myrtles: Landscape Trees of the South

A popular choice in flowering landscape trees for Southerners, crape myrtles have a long blooming period (mid-summer to fall).

The blooming clusters of these flowering landscape trees come in pink, white, red and lavender. The clusters appear on the tips of new wood. Northerners can sometimes get away with treating these flowering landscape trees as perennials that die back in winter but come back in spring.

Dogwood: Landscape Trees for Spring, Fall, Winter

Cornus florida and Cornus kousa are two dogwoods that offer more than just spring blooms. Their fall foliage gives them added value. The colorful berries that they bear add further spice to your yard in fall. And, for good measure, they afford interesting branching patterns that show up best in winter (after their leaves have dropped).

Weeping Varieties of Landscape Trees

Not all specimens with a weeping habit are flowering landscape trees, but this article looks at several weeping varieties that do bloom, headed by four types of cherry, those iconic plants of spring.

Saucer Magnolias

The size and shape of the blooms are what suggested the common name for these flowering landscape trees. Want a specimen with a brilliant bloom as big as a saucer? Access information on these beauties here.

Rose of Sharon

Although some people think of it as a landscape "tree" (because it gets tall and can be pruned so as to have a single trunk), rose of Sharon is, in fact, a flowering shrub.

The fact that it blooms relatively late in the summer (August) -- and for a long time -- makes it a valuable plant for those looking to distribute their yard's color display throughout the growing season.

Hawthorn: Late-Bloomer

This article offers information on Washington hawthorn trees, which are perhaps most valued for the time at which they bloom (late spring to early summer). Many of the popular flowering specimens bloom earlier in the spring, and while their blossoms are pleasant sights for eyes sore from winter's barrenness, they desert us too quickly.

Golden Chain Trees: Goldilocks Is Fussy, but She's Worth It

Golden chain trees (Laburnum × watereri) are fussy, like the Goldilocks of fairy-tale fame. They will not grow just anywhere, which is why they are not as widely grown as the other trees on this list. But if you have a suitable climate in which to grow them (which is discussed in the article linked to here), then do so. They are fabulous trees and bloom in late spring, just as the hawthorns do.

Runners Up:

  1. Eastern redbud
  2. Sargent crabapple
  3. Dawn Japanese apricot

  4. Star magnolia