Flowering Trees for Your Backyard

Flowering trees just might be the best of both worlds! You get the height and size of a tree, plus the beauty of blooms and sometimes even sweet aromas. Check out our nine favorites and get tips for growing trees in your yard.

Tulip Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera • Zones 5 to 9

Though hard to see from a distance, the tulip tree’s unique early-summer flowers are sure to dress up your yard. The cup-shaped blooms have greenish-yellow petals with orange bases. But be patient: Most types won’t begin to flower for 10 to 12 years.

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  1. Mary Polansky says

    I have two Natchez crape myrtles that are about 20 feet tall. Everyone calls them bridal bouquets when they bloom. They started out as spindly 2′ ones which we rescued.

  2. mamie says

    Awesome! We have lived in a rental in northern IN for two years come June, and we have a spring-blooming redbud that I never knew was a redbud until I saw this Google+ post! Now it makes sense that my favorite tavern/restaurant in the area is on Redbud Trail :) when in bloom, it really brings summer into view. The tree…not the tavern!

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