Meet 11 Trees and Shrubs with White Flowers

Clusters of dainty white flowers are formed on the American elderberry
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    Meet 12 Trees and Shrubs with White Flowers

    One of the most glorious sights you can behold is a tree or shrub that has burst into a profusion of white flowers. It brightens up the landscape and signals that spring has finally arrived.

    Each of these 11 trees and shrubs has at least one cultivar that will bear white flowers each year. One hint that a cultivar may have white flowers is when the botanical or common names include words like alba, snow or snowball.

     Click on the arrow to the right to meet some trees and shrubs with white flowers.

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    American Elderberry

    Clusters of dainty white flowers are formed on the American elderberry
    Image by F.D. Richards under a Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

    Growing profile for the American elderberry

    • Latin Name: Sambucus canadensis
    • Family: Adoxaceae
    • Other Common Names: Pie elder, black elderberry, American elder, elder-blow, sweet elder or simply elderberry
    • Native to: Eastern North America
    • USDA Zones: 3-10
    • Size: 10-15' tall and wide
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Angel's Trumpet

    Angel's trumpet blossoms hang down beautifully from the tree.
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     Growing profile for the angel's trumpet

    • Latin Name: Brugmansia spp.
    • Family: Solanaceae
    • Other Common Names: Angel star, brugmansia and tree datura
    • Native to: South America
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Size: 6-20' tall and 10-15' wide
    • Exposure: Full sun is best with some afternoon shade in the hotter regions
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    Black Chokeberry

    Lovely white flowers on a black chokeberry
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    Growing profile for the black chokeberry

    • Latin Name: Aronia melanocarpa
    • Family: Rosaceae
    • Other Common Names: Aronia, aroniaberry, chokeberry
    • Native to: Eastern North America
    • USDA Zones: 3-8
    • Size: 3-6' tall and wide, can be 10' wide
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    Bridal Wreath Spirea

    • Latin Name: Spiraea prunifolia
    • Family: Rosaceae
    • Other Common Names: Bridal wreath spirea, popcorn spirea, bridalwreath spirea, shoe button spirea or just bridalwreath
    • Native to: China, Korea and Taiwan
    • USDA Zones: 5-9
    • Size: 4-8' tall and wide
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Growing profile for the bridal wreath spiraea
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    Buttonbush

    Picture of buttonbush
    Image by Manjith Kainickara via Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
    • Latin Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis
    • Family: Rubiaceae
    • Other Common Names: Jazmin, pinball, crouperbrush, crane willow, river-brush, rosa de Juan, Spanish pincushion, swampwood, uvero, little snowball, pond-dogwood, button-willow, button-wood, common button-bush, riverbush, globeflowers, honey-bells and common buttonbush
    • Native to: North America
    • USDA Zones: 5-10
    • Size: 3-20' tall and 4-15' wide
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Growing profile for the buttonbush

    This species works...MORE especially well in your garden spots that tend to stay pretty moist.

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    Carolina Silverbell

    Picture of Carolina silverbell
    Image by homeredwardprice via Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license
    • Latin Name: Halesia carolina
    • Family: Styracaceae
    • Other Common Names: Silver bell, little silverbells, snowdrop-tree, opossum-wood, common silverbell and mountain silverbell
    • Native to: Southeastern United States
    • USDA Zones: 4-8
    • Height: 15-60' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Growing profile for the Carolina silverbell
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    Fringe Tree

    The scientific name for the fringe tree is Chionanthus virginicus
    Image by Ryan Somma via Flickr Creative Commons
    • Latin Name: Chionanthus virginicus
    • Family: Oleaceae
    • Other Common Names: White fringe tree, old man's beard and Grancy Greybeard 
    • Native to: Eastern United States
    • USDA Zones: 3-9
    • Size: 12-20' tall and wide
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Growing profile for the fringe tree

     

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    Giant Dogwood

    Picture of the giant dogwood
    Image by westher via Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license
    • Latin Name: Cornus controversa
    • Family: Cornaceae
    • Other Common Names: Wedding cake tree
    • Native to: China, the Himalayas, Japan and Taiwan
    • USDA Zones:  5-8
    • Size: 20-50' tall and 20-40' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Growing profile for the giant dogwood
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    Kobus Magnolia

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    For an early flower show, choose the Kobus magnolia. Image by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) under a Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License
    • Latin Name: Magnolia kobus
    • Family: Magnoliaceae
    • Other Common Names: Kobushi magnolia and northern Japanese magnolia 
    • Native to: Japan
    • USDA Zones: 5-8
    • Size: 25-40' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Growing profile for the Kobus magnolia
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    Natal Plum

    Natal plum
    Natal plum. Photo © Flickr user nautical2k
    • Latin Name: Carissa macrocarpa
    • Family: Apocynaceae
    • Other Common Names: Grootnoem-noem, Amatungulu and big num-num
    • Native to: Natal, South Africa
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Size: 2-8' tall on average, can be 20' + tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to light shade
    • Growing profile for the natal plum
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    Orange Jasmine

    Orange jasmine smells like orange blossoms
    Orange jasmine smells like orange blossoms. Photo © Flickr user Stryker W@SP
    • Latin Name: Murraya paniculata
    • Family: Rutaceae
    • Other Common Names: Chalcas and orange jessamine
    • Native to: China, southern Asia and Australasia
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Size: 8-12' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to light shade
    • Growing profile for the orange jasmine