- Top 10 Flowering Trees
- Top Trees For White Flowers In Spring And Summer
- Fruit, Shade and Curbside Trees with Non-Invasive Root Systems
- Trees with Roots that Don’t Spread (By Zone)
Top 10 Flowering Trees
The season of vibrant blossoms and sweet scents is almost here. Although the weather says otherwise in some parts of the country, many people will start their spring planting. Flowering trees are great choices if you’re looking to spruce up your landscape and add splashes of color to your yard.
Here are the top 10 flowering trees sold from the Arbor Day Tree Nursery , in order of the most popular.
- Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)
There’s no better way to welcome the coming of spring than with the profusion of yellow blooms covering graceful, arching branches. The forsythia is a fast-growing, hardy shrub that blooms early—providing a sunny sight before the rest of the landscape greens up.
- Fragrant Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Spectacular flowers in shades of lilac, light purple, or lavender make this old-time lilac a garden favorite. The long-lasting flower clusters bloom in April or May and are framed with lush green foliage. Their nostalgic fragrance adds to the “coming of spring.”
The lilac is an extremely hardy shrub and can be used as an individual specimen plant, informal hedge, shrub border, windbreak or screen.
- Pee Gee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’)
This is the most common H. paniculata form. It can be grown either as a large shrub or small tree, and it is known for its large panicles of white flowers. In fact, with some good pruning, this shrub can produce flower clusters measuring up to 12-18″ in length!
- Crapemyrtle (Crape Myrtle) (Lagerstroemia indica)
The crapemyrtle is often referred to as the “lilac of the South.” With its striking flowers, handsome bark and attractive foliage, this species is a favorite for landscapes. It can be grown as either a shrub or small tree and is often used in groupings, containers, hedges and screens. You can even find the common crapemyrtle used as small street trees in urban settings. If you live in the right region, this could be a show-stopping addition to your yard.
- Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis)
The Japanese flowering cherry (also known as the Yoshino cherry) is the darling of the flowering tree world and the star of such renowned events as the National and International Cherry Blossom Festivals. This stand-out tree is, of course, known for its vibrant display of white-pink blossoms and faint almond fragrance in the springtime. In the summer, this tree will be a highlight in the yard with its oriental branching pattern, glossy bark and dark green leaves.
- White Dogwood (Cornus florida)
An excellent landscape choice for all four seasons, the White Dogwood is a favorite in many yards and gardens. White “flowers” show their beauty in spring, foliage turns a vibrant red-purple in fall and glossy red fruits attract winter songbirds for the enjoyment of all.
This tree is a great option to plant near utility lines, next to larger buildings or near patios. It also offers nice contrast when planted along with Pink or Red Dogwoods with larger evergreens in the background.
- Pink Dogwood (Cornus florida rubra)
The pink dogwood is a very popular landscape tree. In fact, millions of seedlings and budded trees are produced every year for commercial nurseries around the country. Just one look at this stunning specimen in full bloom, and you’ll know why.
This is a good tree for planting near utility lines, next to buildings or near patios. It is also an excellent contrast tree for larger evergreen backgrounds.
- Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
Southern magnolia is a magnificent tree with a name that is somewhat misleading. Although it is most prevalent in the South—and the state tree of Mississippi—its zone 6 planting range means it can grow in many northern areas, even as far north as parts of Maine, Michigan and Washington. As an ornamental, it is beloved for its year-round foliage and delightful, large, late-spring flowers.
- Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)
The saucer magnolia is a landscape show-stopper. The stunning early spring blossoms have been said to open “like a thousand porcelain goblets,” and lush summertime leaves are dark green and leathery—adding nice contrast to silvery-gray bark. One of the most popular flowering trees in the United States, the saucer magnolia is also widely planted in Europe. If you’re in search of a specimen tree or shrub to make a splash in your yard, look no further.
- Prairifire Flowering Crabapple (Malus ‘Prairifire’)
Its showy, dark pink to red flowers are what draw most people to the prairifire flowering crabapple. And for good reason. The stunning, long-lasting spring blossoms are a sight to behold. But this variety also offer year-round beauty with its changing leaf color. Glossy maroon or purplish-red in spring, the leaves become dark green with purplish-red veins in the summer then a beautiful bronze color in autumn.
And to add to its visual appeal, the prairifire flowering crabapple is disease-resistant and able to adapt to many different site conditions.
What to expect when your new trees arrive
Each tree order comes with step-by-step planting instructions on planting your trees.
Watch this planting video on how to plant bare-root trees.
Our membership trees (the 10 free trees you received with a donation) are small seedlings extending less than 12 inches in length. They will be color coded with a guide to help you identify which tree is which. Nursery trees will have tags on the branches to help you identify them. Your trees are living organisms and should be planted as soon as possible.
There is still time to buy trees for this spring shipping season. Check out the tree shipping schedule to learn when the cutoff date is for spring shipping in your area.
Top Trees For White Flowers In Spring And Summer
Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.
Best trees for red flowers | Best trees for yellow flowers | Best trees for purple flowers
As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful white blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with red blooms!
The Flowering Pear (Purus calleryana) is a wonderful tree that does a great job showcasing each season. At the beginning of the year, the flowering pear produces a massive display of snow-white flowers that cover the entire tree. After it blooms out, it produces oval-shaped leaves that go from a glossy dark green in the summer to a rich, purple-red color in the fall. The flowering pear is a moderate to fast grower that can tolerate full sun. An ornamental tree, Flowering Pears produces a thick, umbrella-shaped canopy that not only has a fantastic color but also provides an abundance of shade
Magnolia trees (Magnolia grandiflora) are a popular choice our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries. Many are drawn to the magnolia’s softball-sized and fragrant white flowers, which are truly breathtaking. The flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall and they attract many of our pollinating friends. Now, the flowers aren’t the only thing that makes the Magnolia a popular tree for our region. Many of our customers love the attractive glossy leaves and the Magnolia’s ability to produce a thick canopy for summer shade relief. Magnolia are are super easy to grow and they can handle even the hottest of summer days.
The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover this entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the “something for every season”, the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange.
Many of our customers look for trees that require minimal maintenance and our nursery pros always show every customer the beautiful Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum). This fast growing evergreen provides both year-round shade and big seasonal color. In the late spring, fragrant white flowers bloom in large clusters, creating an attractive scene. If you love hummingbirds, you will love this tree. You will see hummingbirds and other pollinators attracted to the beautiful flowers of the Japanese Privet. The Japanese Privet is a great choice for those looking for year-round shade as well.
These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander tree (Nerium oleander) displays a long lasting bloom that may extend into the wilder winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the Oleadner’s ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.
Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Lime, And Apple Trees
Our climate is ideal for growing your own homegrown food and oranges , lemons, grapefruits, limes, and apple trees are some of the best and easiest to grow. In early spring, beautiful white flowers emerge producing a lovely citrus fragrance that will fill the springtime air. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all of our own citruses for decades and have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and plentiful harvest. Rootstock for citrus trees is extremely important as they can be grafted with nearly anything and many growers will use inferior rootstocks so the trees will grow faster. Moon Valley Nurseries takes no short cuts! We only grow trees from our most premium specimens so you are always guaranteed to get the best-tasting fruit.
Now that you know the best white flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for red flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.
Fruit, Shade and Curbside Trees with Non-Invasive Root Systems
Walking through the local nursery and seeing all the flowering, fruiting and shaded treasures you can choose is pure joy.
As you’re picking the right tree for the right place, think about how big that tree will get–and how far its roots will spread. That way, you won’t have to cover up or deal with unsightly roots later.
If there are obstacles, like sidewalks, close to your planting site, pick a tree with a non-invasive, small root system. Below, learn the benefits of these trees and discover which tree is best for you!
Trees with Roots that Don’t Spread (By Zone)
Tree roots want all the water they can get! Sometimes that causes trees to prod underground structures, like water tanks and sewer lines. Homes, sidewalks and driveways are also in danger of becoming puckered or injured when roots tunnel under them.
Luckily, non-invasive root systems are less likely to interfere with sidewalks, sewers or your home. Plant a tree with non-invasive roots to solve problems brought on by protruding roots. Remember: Choose a plant in your zone for best results, and plant at the right time of year.
Fruit trees with non-invasive root systems (Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
- Adams crabapple (zones 4-8): A vibrant burgundy-colored apple tree that’s notably resistant to common apple tree diseases, like fire blight and apple scab
- Cornelian cherry dogwood (zones 4-8): A slow-growing plant that can be grown as a small tree or large shrub and has bunches of delicate yellow flowers
- Pawpaw (zones 4-8): A tropical tree with large green fruit that tastes like banana or peach
- Kousa dogwood (zones 5-8): An ornamental tree that produces pinkish-red fruits and grows clusters of white leaves in spring that look like flower petals
Shade trees with small root systems (Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
- Amur maple (zones 3-8): A small shade tree with fiery red fall color
- American hornbeam (zones 3-9): A birch tree that’s native to Chicago and grows well in shady landscapes
- Trident maple (zone 5-8): A slow-growing shade tree that’s ideal for patios or curbside locations and tolerates a wide variety of soil types
- Chinese pistache (zones 6-9): A mid-size plant with dark green leaves and small flowers that grows well in drought conditions
- Southern sugar maple (zones 7-9): A short-spreading maple tree with yellow fall color and clusters of small hanging flowers
- Red tip photinia (zones 8 and 9): A red-leafed shade tree with a shapely round canopy and white flowers that also tolerates heat and dryness
Shrubs and curbside trees with non-invasive roots (Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
- Crape myrtle (zones 3-8): A brilliant pink flower tree commonly found in the South – which can be grown as a small curbside tree or large shrub
- Skyrocket juniper (zones 4-9): A tall, skinny evergreen with blue-green foliage that’s low-maintenance and tolerant of hot and cold climates
- Japanese maple (zones 5-8): A popular scarlet-red maple that will grow in shade or sunlight and is ideal for a patio or curbside location
- Hollywood juniper (zones 5-9): A fast-growing evergreen shrub that is tolerant of salt, drought, wind and cold
- Fraser photinia (zones 8 and 9): A full, busy shrub with apple-red leaves