Flowering Trees for Spring

Discover 10 gorgeous trees that will turn your yard into a springtime flower show.

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‘Ace Of Hearts’ Redbud

Welcome spring with the pretty pink blossoms of 'Ace of Hearts' redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Ace Of Hearts'). This dwarf variety grows to 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Flowers appear before leaves unfurl, transforming twigs into blooming branches. Heart-shaped leaves turn gold in fall. Hardy in zones 5-9.

Saucer Magnolia

Saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) is the single most popular magnolia, and it’s easy to see why. Its showy pink flowers steal the spotlight in early to mid-spring. The tree quickly grows to its mature height of 20 to 25 feet. Large blossoms to 8 inches across exude a beautiful perfume. In regions with lingering late spring frosts, don’t plant near the southern side of a structure because retained heat might trigger early flowering, which frost can quickly wipe out. Hardy in zones 4-9.

Hyperion Dogwood

Large white flowers cover Hyperion dogwood in early spring. Hyperion hails from the dogwood breeding team at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The oversize blooms nearly overlap to blanket the tree in white. Flowers fade to form red, strawberry-like fruits that birds love. Fall color offers a medley of hues: purple, gold and orange. Expect this dogwood to reach its mature size of 20 feet tall and wide in roughly 20 years. Hardy in zones 6-9.

‘Thunderchild’ Flowering Crabapple

Flowering crabapple trees paint spring with floral finery that’s tough to beat. 'Thunderchild' is no exception. Delicate pink blossoms open before deep purple leaves appear, releasing a delicate fragrance. All this beauty belies a tough-as-nails constitution, marked by strong disease resistance (no fireblight here!) and strong winter hardiness. Mature size is 15 to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Hardy in zones 3-7.

‘Newport’ Cherry Plum

Bronze-purple leaves complement pale pink blooms on 'Newport' cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Newport'). Blooms appear at the height of spring and fade to form an edible dull purple fruit that birds enjoy. Leaves turn deep purple by summer and shift to red hues in fall. Prune as needed after flowering. This is a small tree, growing 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Hardy in zones 4-9.

Pear Tree

The common pear (Pyrus communis) flowers at the height of spring, opening bright white blooms that pollinators can’t resist. A tree in full bloom literally buzzes with busy insects. Pear trees are tall, growing 25 to 30 feet and up to 20 feet wide. Pears do best in full sun and tolerate heavy clay, one of the few fruit trees that do. Hardy in zones 4-8.

Red Horse Chestnut

A hummingbird favorite, red horse chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) forms a round-headed tree that’s strikingly beautiful. It grows 35 feet tall by 25 feet wide. Look for the variety 'Briottii' or 'O’Neill Red.' Both offer good disease resistance and long flower clusters. Leaves turn gold in fall. Hardy in zones 4-9.

‘Dream Catcher’ Flowering Cherry

This small flowering cherry hails from the U.S. National Arboretum’s plant breeding efforts. It’s well suited to small yards, growing to 25 feet tall with a spread of 15 feet. Pale pink flowers open in early spring. Leaves appear after flowering, unfurling to dark green. Fall color is gold. This tree boasts a hearty disposition, tolerating insects and disease. Hardy in zones 6-8.

Early Bird Purple Crape Myrtle

Flowers appear as early as May and continue through fall on Early Bird Purple crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia hybrid). Plants grow a tidy 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, making them suitable for even the smallest yards. Prune to a single-stem tree form, or let them form multiple trunks. This small tree grows best in lean soil; too much fertilizer leads to lush leafy growth at the expense of flowers. Hardy in zones 7-10.

‘Beauty’ Japanese Plum

From late winter through early spring, 'Beauty' Japanese plum brightens the landscape with delicate white flowers. The white blossoms fade to form tasty red plums in midsummer, earlier than other plums. This small edible fruit tree grows 12 to 15 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Plums make a nice addition to the home garden. This plum needs another plum for cross-pollination; 'Shiro' makes a good choice. Hardy in zones 4-10.

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