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11 of the Prettiest Flowering Trees You Can Grow Today

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Written By Lyrae Willis

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With so many gorgeous flowering trees around the world, choosing the prettiest of all was very challenging!

No matter which growing zone you live in, there are lots of pretty flowering trees for you to choose from. Even if your winters are too cold, many gorgeous flowering trees can be grown in pots on your patio and brought indoors for winter.

Let’s take a look at 11 of the prettiest flowering trees you can plant today!

11 Pretty Flowering Trees to Plant Today

1. Jacaranda – Jacaranda mimosifolia

The gorgeous Jacaranda will quickly become your new favorite if you love beautiful trees with purple flowers.

The stunning, vibrant lavender purple silky blossoms cover the entire tree and stay in bloom for a long time before finally falling to the ground, producing a lush purple carpet beneath your tree.

Jacaranda’s delicate fern-like green foliage is very attractive in summer and turns a pleasant shade of yellow in the fall for three full seasons of beauty.

This fast-growing tree grows in virtually any soil but is becoming invasive in some areas. Check its status in your area before planting it.

USDA Growing Zones: 9 – 11

Average Size at Maturity: 25 – 50 ft tall, 15 – 30 ft spread

Flowering Season: Flowers appear in May or early June and often bloom again in the fall

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees

2. Weeping Extraordinaire™ Cherry Tree – Prunus x ‘Extrazam’

Flowering cherry trees are gorgeous trees that produce profuse spring blossoms that typically cover all their bare branches.

Choosing the prettiest flowering cherry was challenging, but the fluffy pink double blossoms of the Weeping Extraordinaire Flowering Cherry put it ahead of the rest. You can’t go wrong with so many gorgeous pink petals in one single flower!

And the way this pink flowering trees flowers cover its delicately weeping branches will leave you breathless!

After the flowers fall, their glossy, deep green leaves provide summer beauty, followed by rich burgundy tones when they change color in the fall.

USDA Growing Zones: 5 – 8

Average Size at Maturity: 15 – 20 ft tall, 15 – 20 ft spread

Flowering Season: Flowers emerge in early to mid-spring

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

3. Tulip Tree – Liriodendron tulipifera

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The Tulip Tree is a gorgeous eastern North American native tree with gorgeous yellow, tulip-like flowers that greet you every spring.

They also have huge, beautifully lobed leaves that provide excellent summer shade before turning a gorgeous golden yellow in the fall, providing three full seasons of color.

Tulip Trees are also fast-growing, long-lived trees that grow to be the tallest native American hardwood trees.

These trees are incredibly easy to grow in any well-drained soil, making them a perfect tree for anyone with room for them to grow.

USDA Growing Zones: 4 – 9

Average Size at Maturity: 60 – 100 ft (to 150 ft) tall, 30 – 50 ft spread

Flowering Season: Showy flowers bloom in May and June

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

4. Royal Poinciana Tree – Delonix regia

Royal Poinciana Trees are lush tropical trees native to Madagascar that thrive in subtropical and tropical climates. However, they can also easily be grown in a pot on your patio and brought indoors for winter for those in cooler climates.

This gorgeous red flowering tree has unique spring blossoms, famous for their gorgeous fiery crimson-red color. This tree will undoubtedly be the brightest in your neighborhood, attracting the attention of all those passing by. Their semi-evergreen, lush, long, slender leaves continue providing beauty throughout summer.

Poinciana trees are extremely drought-tolerant and grow well in poor soils, so no special care is needed.

USDA Growing Zones: 10 – 11 outdoors; 4 – 9 patio

Average Size at Maturity: 20 – 30 ft tall, 20 – 30 ft spread* *when grown outdoors

Flowering / Fruiting Season: Flowers bloom from late spring to summer; bean-like fruits mature in late summer

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees

5. Anne Magnolia – Magnolia x ‘Ann’

With so many gorgeous magnolia trees, choosing the prettiest one can be challenging, to say the least! However, it would be hard to deny that the Anne Saucer Magnolia is at least one of the top three contenders.

The beautifully scented gorgeous fuchsia pink to red-purple blossoms that cover its branches in spring are a sure crowd-pleaser. Their large, chalice-shaped flowers grow 7-9” and look stunning in bloom against their emerging lush green leaves.

Anne Magnolia is a compact tree that is easy to grow with no maintenance once established, bringing years of hassle-free beauty to your yard.

USDA Growing Zones: 4 – 9

Average Size at Maturity: 10 – 15 ft tall, 10 – 12 ft spread

Flowering Season: Flowers emerge from April to May and often bloom again in mid-summer

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

6. Oklahoma Redbud – Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Oklahoma’

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Everyone loves Redbud trees for their gorgeous pink blossoms that bloom before anything else in spring, signaling the end of winter and the beginning of a beautiful new year.

The Oklahoma Redbud is easily the most beautiful redbud for its intensely colored bright pink-rose to wine-colored flowers. Later, its gorgeous glossy green heart-shaped leaves provide summer shade before turning a beautiful yellow shade in the fall.

Oklahoma Redbud is a compact tree that would fit almost any yard and is incredibly easy to grow in full sun in well-drained fertile soils; it’s the most drought-tolerant of the Redbud trees.

USDA Growing Zones: 6 – 9

Average Size at Maturity: 15 – 20 ft tall, 10 – 15 ft spread

Flowering / Fruiting Season: Flowers emerge in late winter or early spring; bean-like pods mature in summer and persist into winter

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

7. Scarlet Bottlebrush – Melaleuca citrinus (Callistemon citrinus)

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Scarlet Bottlebrush is a lovely large shrub with unique red flowers that really do look like a bottlebrush but in a vibrant fiery red that will catch everyone’s attention, especially when they catch the light of the setting sun in their delicate petals.

These evergreen shrubs are incredibly easy to care for and have low water requirements once established.

While they are not at all frost-hardy, the Scarlet Bottlebrush takes well to growing in containers, so if your winters are cold, you can grow it in a pot on your patio and bring it indoors for winter.

USDA Growing Zones: 9 – 11 outdoors; 5 – 8 patio

Average Size at Maturity: 10 – 15 ft tall, 10 – 15 ft spread

Flowering Season: Flowers bloom from spring through summer

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

8. Cherokee Brave Dogwood – Cornus florida ‘Comco No. 1’

While it’s safe to say that all dogwood trees are gorgeous, the Cherokee Brave Dogwood is absolutely stunning! With its vibrant pink petaloid bracts with pink lines and reddish hues on the borders becoming more white in the center, these are a surefire show-stopper.

Cherokee Brave Dogwood’s leaves emerge with a reddish tint in spring, maturing to a rich, lush green canopy before turning a magnificent shade of maroon in fall. When the beautiful leaves fall from the tree, you see their vibrant red berry-like fruits that stand out against the bright gray bark, providing winter color to your landscape.

USDA Growing Zones: 5 – 9

Average Size at Maturity: 20 – 30 ft tall, 25 – 35 ft spread

Flowering / Fruiting Season: Flowers emerge in March; fruits mature in late summer or early fall

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

9. Azurri Blue Satin Rose of Sharon Althea Tree – Hibiscus syriacus ‘Marina’

Stunning blue flowers in trees and shrubs are rare, but this Azurri Blue Satin Rose of Sharon Althea Tree is truly amazing.

The large, beautiful blue blooms have a purple/red contrast and a white center, making them glow with a violet hue. The best part is they bloom all summer long, providing non-stop beauty for everyone to enjoy.

Azurri Blue Satin Rose of Sharon Althea Tree is easy to grow in any soil type and drought-tolerant once established. Their compact size allows you to grow them next to your front door or patio so you can appreciate their beauty close-up.

USDA Growing Zones: 5 – 9

Average Size at Maturity: 8 – 10 ft tall, 4 – 6 ft spread

Flowering: Flowers bloom all throughout summer

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

10. Tom Knudsen Camellia – Camellia japonica ‘Tom Knudsen’

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The Tom Knudsen Camellia has gorgeous velvety rose-red flowers that bloom from mid-winter to early spring when little else is blooming, attracting hungry bees and butterflies to your yard for added natural beauty.

This evergreen shrub also has glossy, deep-green leaves that will look gorgeous year-round, and its small size means you can easily fit this beauty in even the smallest gardens.

Tom Knudsen Camellias prefer partial shade but are highly adaptable and require no maintenance to keep them looking gorgeous. They are not frost-hardy, however, and can only be grown outdoors in warm climates with mild winters.

USDA Growing Zones: 8 – 10

Average Size at Maturity: 6 – 8 ft tall, 6 – 8 ft spread

Flowering Season: Showy flowers bloom from mid-winter until early spring

Available at: Nature Hills

11. Corinthian Pink Double Flowering Peach Tree – Prunus persica ‘Corinthian Pink’

The Corinthian Pink Double Flowering Peach Tree is an ornamental peach tree grown for its profuse spring pink double blossoms with deep pinkish-purple to purple centers and a delightful fragrance everyone will love.

After its blooms fade, it features serrated purple leaves that change from a spring burgundy to a lush summer green before turning a pleasant shade of yellow in the fall, giving you three full seasons of vibrant colors.

The narrow columnar habit of the Corinthian Pink Double Flowering Peach Tree makes it suitable for small yards or larger yards where you want to fill a narrow space.

USDA Growing Zones: 5 – 9

Average Size at Maturity: 20 – 25 ft tall, 10 – 15 ft spread

Flowering / Fruiting Season: Showy flowers appear in early to mid-spring; inedible peaches mature in late summer

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees & Nature Hills

Pretty Flowering Trees For You To Enjoy

I hope you have enjoyed learning about the pretty flowering trees that I found the most stunning!

No matter what USDA Planting Zone you live in, you can find pretty flowering trees to enjoy in your yard.

Be sure to choose the right tree for the right spot in your yard so that it will thrive and produce gorgeous flowers for years to come.

Happy tree planting!

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Lyrae Willis

Environmental Scientist & Plant Ecologist

Lyrae grew up in the forests of BC, Canada, where she got a BSc. in Environmental Sciences. Her whole life, she has loved studying plants, from the tiniest flowers to the most massive trees. She is currently researching native plants of North America and spends her time traveling, hiking, documenting, and writing. When not researching, she is homeschooling her brilliant autistic son, who travels with her and benefits from a unique hands-on education about the environment around him.