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5 Small Flowering Trees to Brighten Your Yard

We understand the importance of having a beautiful yard. It’s hard work! It takes knowing which trees will work best in your yard, utilizing the space properly, and knowing whether the trees you plant will result in colorful flowers. The types of trees you plant and what their blossoms are or aren’t can make or break a yard. This is why it’s important that, if you want a bright, colorful yard, you need to know which small flowering trees you should plant.

Small flowering trees will give off just the right amount of color to brighten your yard. It also won’t overpower other plants or flowers you may have planted. If you’re looking for small flowering trees that really will take your yard up a notch, here are five great choices to choose from.

1. Crabapple 

There are many different varieties of crabapple trees, and you can choose which color you want in your yard. These trees can bear flowers in different shades of red, pink, and white. In addition to this, they will also produce fruit in red, burgundy, orange, or gold colors, which will give your yard an extra pop of color later in the summer.

One of the most popular varieties of crabapple trees that people opt to have in their yards is the ‘Prairifire’ cultivar, which produces dark pink flowers that turn into reddish-purple foliage, giving your tree color across multiple seasons.

In order to thrive, crabapple trees should be planted in an area of full sun and in soil that has medium moisture but is well-drained. These trees can grow up to 30 feet tall, but if you’re looking for a small flowering tree, some varieties grow to just 6 to 10 feet tall, so make sure you look at the correct variety for your yard.

2. Crape Myrtle

If you want a tree that will give you a big cluster of frilly flowers in different colors, the crape myrtle tree is for you. These trees produce flowers in shades of lavender, white, red, or pink and stay these colors throughout the summer. Some will even remain these colors in the fall, but other varieties will turn shades of orange, yellow, or red. Additionally, fall foliage will yield patches of green or silver on the underside of the bark, which peels. ‘Arapaho’ is a common cultivar of the crape myrtle tree. This variety has red blooms. The foliage becomes purple-tinted.

Crape myrtle trees need full sun to properly survive. They should be planted in soil that’s well-drained and with medium moisture. It’s also important to talk to an arborist about the variety of tree you’re purchasing, as crape myrtle trees can grow up to 25 feet, but there are varieties that grow no more than 6 feet.

3. Redbud

Contrary to their name, redbud trees will not leave you with red-colored flowers. Instead, they offer a breathtaking display of white or pink flowers come spring. These flowers grow in a heart-shape for even more beauty. In the fall, they turn to a golden-yellow color.

‘Forest Pansy’ is a popular cultivar of redbud that can grow in Oregon. In the spring, this variety has flowers that bloom in a mauve-purple color. These leaves turn to shades of orange, red, and gold in the fall time. Even in the winter, it still adds color to your yard, as the bare branches are a dark purple.

Redbud trees should be planted in full sun to part shade areas. The soil should have medium moisture and be well-drained. These trees grow up to 10 feet tall.

4. Flowering Dogwood

Dogwood trees are a popular choice across North America. In the spring, these trees produce flowers in white or pink. By the end of the summer, they also yield bright red fruits. In the fall, the foliage turns a purple-red color.

One of our favorites is the ‘Cherokee Sunset’ cultivar of flowering dogwood trees. These trees will not only attract your eye because of their pink blossoms but because of their leaves as well. The foliage has irregular patches and streaks of different colors, not just the same green. It adds a mix of color and texture to your yard.

These trees should be planted in an area that gets both full sun and part shade. The soil should have medium moisture and be well-drained. These trees are a bit bigger than those mentioned above, as they grow anywhere from 15 to 30 feet tall. However, if you want a smaller one, be sure to pick a variety that only grows up to 15 feet.

5. Mountain Stewartia

If you’re looking to add brightness to your yard in an elegant manner, the mountain stewartia is the tree for you. These trees aren’t as common as the four named above, meaning that you’ll be bringing distinctiveness to your yard too. These trees have camellia-like white flowers that sit on top of dark green leaves, giving almost a lily pad look. In the fall, the leaves turn to colors of red and orange.

To thrive, mountain stewartia trees should be planted in full sun to part shade areas in soil with medium moisture and that’s well-drained. They can grow up to 15 feet tall and wide, but it’s important to note that they’re slow-growing trees.

If you’re looking for small flowering trees to brighten up your yard, the above five trees are great options to look into. Additionally, if you’re also looking at flowering trees that are low maintenance, here are some recommendations of trees you might want to consider. It’s important to choose a tree that works best for your yard, your lifestyle, and your family. Give Vernon Imel Tree Service a call today, and we can chat more with you about your options and even provide you with a personalized recommendation.