Flowering Ornamental Trees:
Discovering their Beauty

Adding flowering ornamental trees to your landscape will dramatically change the appearance of your home.

They come in a range of sizes from 4' up to around 25' so you can put them in any size yard. You can even grow them in containers if you don't want to put them in the ground.

In containers you can set them on your deck or patio to enjoy the  blooms in spring and when they leaf out you will have shade for the hot summer months.

Below are some that I offer in my nursery. Come for a visit in the spring to see them in bloom.

Pink Flowering Almond (Prunus Glandulosa)

An orchard of pink flowering almond trees

Adding this small (4-5' tall and wide) pink flowering almond will be breath-taking when it's in bloom in early spring.

These flowering almonds like regular pruning after they are done blooming to enhance better flowers for next year.

They are great in containers on your deck or patio and can be a little drought tolerant once they are older.

Double Pink Flowering Plum (Prunus triloba)

A bunch of double pink blossoms

Growing 10-15' tall, this flowering plum blooms in late spring and really puts on a show.

It's a good container plant or mass planting, it's drought tolerant once established but also thrives in moist well drained soil along with clay or sandy soil.

It sometimes produces small non-showy fruit

Fuji Cherry (Prunus incisa)

Fuji cherry tree in full bloom loaded with pink blossoms.

Having incredible zigzag branches with green leaves turning maroon in the fall, these ornamental trees blooms single pinkish white flowers with pink centers in early spring and produces edible fruit in autumn.

It will grow 7-8' tall in many different soil types, including clay and sand and will look absolutely stunning in any landscape.. 

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Eastern redbud in full bloom with beautiful pink flowers in spring.

Beautiful pinkish purple flowers in spring, this fast growing (12-24" per year) Eastern Redbud will get 20-30' tall and wide.

It loves full sun but can tolerate part sun. Being a native to Ontario it can handle different soil conditions including clay soil. It can also grow around black walnuts and the deer tend to stay away from it.

Magnolia Tree (Magnoliaceae)

large beautiful soft pink cup-shaped flowers on bare branches.

Everyone wants one of these ornamental trees in their yard. In spring when they start to flower they really stand out. 

Growing to about 15' tall, these magnolias will thrive in full sun.

Sand Cherry (Prunus × cistena)

small pinkish white flowers with purple leaves

Adding colour to your garden with the purple leaves and the springtime pinkish flowers. This low maintenance garden tree can be grown in full sun or part shade.

It will grow to about 7' tall and wide

Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)

clusters of creamy white flowers with dark green leaves

The lilac tree flowers in late spring to early summer and fills your yard with it's magnificent aroma.

It can get up to about 25' so you might want to trim it right after it flowers. It loves full sun but can handle part shade.

Serviceberry Trees (Amelanchier)

Large white five petal flowers with green throats on bare branches

Serviceberries are great for a larger yard as they do tend to sucker but they are worth growing for their incredible fall berries. They are perfect for syrups, pies, jams and a lot more.

They will grow 10' or more and are amazing with the spring blooms. They love full sun but can handle light shade and just about any soil conditions.

Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria)

small Purple leaved tree with in bloom. Blooms look like puffs of smoke.

An absolute amazing ornamental tree or large shrub with the medium size round foliage and "puffs-of-smoke" when it's in bloom.

It will grow about 10-15' tall and wide in full sun but can be pruned to stay smaller.

Quince Tree (Chaenomeles x superba)

Blooming in the spring gives way to edible fruit that is ripe late fall. The fruit has a very aromatic sweet smell which is addicting.

They are the perfect size for growing in your backyard as they only get about 5' tall when mature.

Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum)

2 Japanese Maple trees in a garden setting. One red tree and one yellow.

Japanese Maples are sought after by pretty much everyone for their unique shapes and foliage. 

They come in a variety of colour and sizes and will fit into any garden size and do great with some afternoon shade as the sun will dry out their leaves and they could end up getting sun burned.

Planting Flowering Ornamental Trees

If you want to add flowering ornamental trees to your yard, here are some things to think about.

  • how big or small do you want it compare it to the size of your yard
  • where in your yard do you will put it
  • what type of tree you want to grow - do you want blooms in spring, fall colour, winter interest
  • will it need full sun or shade

Keep these things in mind when finding the perfect spot and you will have a very happy specimen.

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