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.

Redbud

Cercis spp. • Zones 4 to 10

After a long winter, the sight of a blooming redbud tree reminds us that spring is on its way! An early-spring showstopper, this tree bursts with a profusion of red, pink, purple or white blossoms before leaves emerge. Plant yours in a spot that has room to spread out, as redbuds are wider than they are tall.

Tree Growing Tip from our Experts: Redbud’s flower clusters appear not only on new growth, but also on the trunk and older branches.

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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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