Top 6 Pink and White Spring-Blooming Trees

Celebrate spring with a pink or white flowering tree and attract more birds to your backyard!

When you plant pretty pink and white blooming trees in your backyard, the spring air fills with their sweet scent and lovely flowers. It’s like getting the best of both a backyard tree and a flower garden. And not only do they look lovely, but plenty of backyard birds are attracted to flowering trees, too! We’ve rounded up six of our favorite spring-blooming trees that burst into pink and white blooms.

Bonus! 3 Summer-Blooming Trees

  • Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia): “Camellia” in its botanical name says something about the flowers. Zones 5 to 8.
  • Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum): Tiny, fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers hang in cone-shaped clusters. Zones 5 to 9.
  • Korean evodia (Tetradium daniellii): It’s also called the bee tree, thanks to small white blossoms on female plants. Zones 4 to 8.


Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 15 to 40 feet tall and wide

Gorgeous blooms in white, pink, yellow and purple balance like teacups or starbursts atop branches that later bear green leaves, some as glossy as lacquer. Plant in full sun to part shade.

Why we love it: There’s one for almost every region, from star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) in the chilly north to southern and champaca magnolias in the balmy south, and saucer magnolias everywhere in between.


Apple serviceberry

Amelanchier grandiflora
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 20 to 25 feet tall and wide

Apple serviceberry is just one kind of serviceberry that’s perfect for most landscapes, thanks to its moderate size, bird-attracting berries and ability to thrive in sun to part sun locations.

Why we love it: It’s a special tree with four seasons of beauty: spring blooms that become red-purple edible fruits, green leaves that flush with orange to red fall color, and smooth silver bark that’s gorgeous in winter.


Eastern redbud

Cercis canadensis
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 20 to 30 feet tall, 25 to 35 feet wide

Dainty rose-purple blooms dramatically hang from the branches of this North American native well before the heart-shaped leaves appear. Plant in full sun to part-shade.

Why we love it: The small size fits most yards. You can select alternate leaf colors, such as burgundy Forest Pansy or lime-gold Rising Sun.

Bonus tip! Plant your eastern redbud tree in a spot where it has space to spread out, because this spring showstopper is wider than it is tall.


Japanese flowering cherry

Prunus serrulata
Zones: 5 to 8
Size: 40 to 50 feet tall, 25 to 40 feet wide

You might ooh and aah every spring at the photos of the cherry tree display in Washington, D.C., but you can plant a flowering show of your own. Choose a spot in full sun.

Why we love it: With the right cultivar, those gorgeous pink or white blooms turn into fruits that birds crave, especially robins, cardinals, and waxwings.



Cornus kousa
Zones: 5 to 8
Size: 20 to 40 feet tall and wide

Flowers up to 4 inches wide grace the spring branches of North American and Asian dogwoods. Test your soil pH before planting because dogwood grows best planted in acidic soil in full sun to full shade.

Why we love it: In addition to the graceful spring flowers and fall leaf colors, the colorful red fruits produced by dogwood are gobbled up by backyard birds.


White fringe tree

Chionanthus virginicus
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 12 to 20 feet tall and wide

Native from southern Pennsylvania, south to Florida and west to Texas, fringe tree bursts onto the spring scene with lightly fragrant strappy white petals. They’re held in small groups attached at the top like tassels.

Why we love it: It’s the best-kept secret among spring-blooming trees, yet it’s one of the most adaptable, thriving in full sun to part shade. Female trees produce blue fruits that birds love.

Kaitlin Stainbrook
Kaitlin Stainbrook, Associate Editor, Birds & Blooms Although Kaitlin is a newbie when it comes to birding and gardening, she loves getting to learn on the job. (She's already impressed a few friends by being able to identify a couple songbirds!) Previously, she worked on other Reader's Digest magazines like Reminisce and Country Woman. Hidden talents include playing the ukulele and speaking Japanese.