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The Best Flowering Trees for Your Yard

Posted on September 21 2018

Flowering trees that will turn heads, dazzle eyes, and steal hearts!

Seeking an undeniable showstopper for your small yard or landscape? Look no further. You’re seconds away from a purchase that will bewitch your senses with its vibrant colors, lovely aromas, and gentle textures.

Picking through a myriad of delightful options to choose the perfectly tailored flowering tree for your yard can be tricky. That’s why we’ve collected a spectrum of absolutely breathtaking, reliable, and easy-to-grow varieties that have stolen the hearts and dazzled the eyes of gardeners and homeowners throughout the nation. Check out ten of our best flowering trees below and pick your favorites!


  • Kwanzan Cherry. The most popular of the cherry blossom varieties and a national landmark in D.C., the Kwanzan Cherry is a gorgeous flowering tree that can add a burst of sumptuous color to any small yard or landscape. Prunus kwanzan is low-maintenance and adores the sun; it is best characterized by breathtaking spring blossoms—typically pastel pink in color—which unfurl from April to May. This colorful flowering tree’s vibrancy is enhanced by its lush green foliage, which transitions to golden-bronze fall colors. Shop Kwanzan Cherry. 



  • Dolgo Crabapple. Rich colors and flavors make the Dolgo Crabapple an undeniable favorite when it comes to picking a valuable and ornamental flowering tree for your small yard since this species guarantees both romantic spring blossoms and handsome fall color. Snow white and rose red, Malus x “Dolgo” may seem like a tree extracted from a fairy tale; peeking out of its glossy green leaves, this specimen’s spring flowers are wide, white, and wonderful, lasting for weeks on end. A shift in seasons brings on delicious scarlet apples in August and sunny gold foliage in autumn. Shop Dolgo Crabapple. 



  • Pink Velour Crape Myrtle. Igniting in seasonal explosions of impeccable hot-pink spring blossoms and vibrant yellow-bronze fall color, Lagerstroemia indica “Whit III” is a dazzling flowering tree that is easily grown and effortlessly maintained. Typically growing to a moderate height of 15-25 ft. with a rounded spread of 6-15 ft., this vase-shaped specimen (notably drought tolerant and mildew resistant) is ideal for small yards and lawns. The Pink Velour Crape Myrtle’s name may be a mouthful, but its beauty and hardiness make it a worthy mention every time. Shop Pink Velour Crape Myrtle. 



  • White Fringetree. Who’s the fairest of them all? The Snow White of the arboreal realm—Chionanthus virginicus—is a definite contestant. This enchanting flowering tree is prized for its clusters of drooping blossoms that appear like a shimmering cloud of heavenly gold-green and white pinned in place by the tree’s branches. The White Fringetree’s leaves are unusually textured, being smooth on top and downy underneath. This foliage brightens to rich gold-yellow and cinnamon brown pigments in autumn. Note that this specimen can be cultivated in a small yard either as a tall shrub with multiple trunks or as a small tree. Shop White Fringetree. 



  • Magnolia Jane. Highly prized for its dazzling flowers and colorful foliage, this flowering tree is much appreciated for its hardiness and reasonable height as well (making it an optimal choice for small yards). Magnolia x “Jane” blossoms from April to May, revealing fragrant tulip-shaped flowers that are colored rose-violet with splurges of white. This plucky little flowering tree is part of “the Little Girl Series” of hybrid magnolias developed in the 1950s at the U.S. National Arboretum.



  • Thundercloud Plum. If you’re seeking a moderately-sized flowering tree that showcases a storm of spellbinding color, you’re looking at it; from its pale pink pastels to purple-ruby hues, the Thundercloud Plum glamorizes every small yard and lawn that it graces. This tree maintains the color of its stunning copper-tinted foliage throughout the spring and summer before shedding its leaves at the onset of winter. Scarlet globes of fruit decorate its branches in autumn and add to its fall color. In the spring, Prunus cerasifera “Thundercloud” erupts in a profusion of spellbinding pastel-pink blossoms that blanket the tree’s reddish-brown branches. Shop Thundercloud Plum. 



  • Eastern Redbud. Cercis canadensis is a gorgeous ornamental selection even for small yards, particularly given its bursts of spring and fall colors. It is celebrated for its hardiness, stability, and fire tolerance. This flowering tree’s heart-shaped dusky leaves morph into an illuminating autumnal patchwork of gold, copper, and sunny yellow-green. Its best pigments, of course, are reserved for another season: it is one of the first trees to excitedly announce spring’s arrival, unfurling decadent rose-violent flowers from its slender brown twigs. Shop Eastern Redbud.



  • Shadblow Serviceberry. This flowering tree will surprise you with its early clusters of snowy white blossoms that appear in March to help beautify drab landscapes and small yards emerging from winter’s grasp. Its fall colors are equally anticipated, as the tree’s leaves lighten from dark green to gold and sumptuous shades of auburn and bronze. Resistant to most major pests, Amelanchier canadensis can be cultivated as a tall shrub or small tree, reaching 25-30 ft. tall with a span of 15-20 ft. The Shadblow Serviceberry’s ripened red berries serve as an extra treat for the senses and are widely used for jams, jellies, and pies. Shop Shadblow Serviceberry. 



  • Kousa Dogwood. Cornus kousa is a gardener’s dream-come-true, fusing delicate beauty with surprising resilience. As a compact specimen that thrives even in urban small yards, this flowering tree is aesthetically pleasing during every single season. In the spring, its pale white bracts resemble petals; they’re so intriguingly patterned that it appears that the tree is crowned with small white stars. Later in the year, the Kousa Dogwood’s lush green foliage takes on vibrant red fall colors, transforming into a truly autumnal canopy. Shop Kousa Dogwood. 



  • Flowering Dogwood. Given its year-round beauty, Cornus florida is an all-American favorite prized for its gorgeous flowers, vivid fall colors that range from burgundy to reddish-purple, and glossy berries. As one of the nation’s most popular understory trees, its 15-30 ft. height and respective spread make it an excellent specimen for small yards. Broadly pyramidal, this flowering tree blooms from April to May, annually crowned with a beautiful array of pastel-colored blossoms that contrast handsomely against its dark leaves and highlight the tree’s shapely rounded canopy. Shop Flowering Dogwood. 


Within our lush nursery, we cultivate and provide a healthy and vigorous array of dependable and gorgeous flowering trees; we’re here to help you tailor your selection to your exact needs. Whether you’ve got a small space that needs quick shade or a larger landscape with the potential to provide shelter for centuries to come, you can find the perfect flowering tree that will suit your environment, budget, and taste. Let’s hear it for flower power!