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 tree growing tips for your yard.

Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora • Zones 7 to 9

Big, bold and beautiful‚ the southern magnolia is a legend in the Deep South. In fact, it holds the honor of being the state tree and flower of Mississippi, and is the state flower of Louisiana. It’s the granddaddy of flowering trees, with lemon-scented white blooms that reach up to 1 foot across. And its glossy deep-green leaves are just as impressive—up to 10 inches long.

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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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