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14 of the best flowering trees

  • 14 of the best flowering trees
  • 14 of the best flowering trees
  • 14 of the best flowering trees
  • 14 of the best flowering trees
  • 14 of the best flowering trees
  • 14 of the best flowering trees
  • 14 of the best flowering trees

Flowering trees can transform a garden, not just in Spring, but through the year. So think of the highlights you will create through the seasons when selecting your trees.

Here are 14 of our favourites with the times they show best:

Acacia dealbata (Mimosa) - yellow scented pom-pom flowers in Winter and Spring, light fronded, evergreen foliage (1st photo)
Aesculus californica (Californian buckeye) - large white sweetly scented panicles in Spring, followed by green fig-shaped fruit (2nd photo)
Amelanchier (June berry) - showy white flowers in early Spring followed by red/purple berries in Summer. Good Autumn colour
Arbutus x andrachnoides (Hybrid strawberry tree) - small creamy white flowers, followed by red strawberry-like fruit in Autumn. Strong evergreen foliage. Attractive, peeling cinnamon-brown trunk (3rd photo)
Catalpa bignonioides (Indian bean tree) - showy bell-shaped flowers in late Summer followed by slender bean-like pods. Impressively large leaves (4th photo)
Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree) - bright pink pea flowers in spring; flattened purple pods in Autumn (5th photo)
Crataegus (Common hawthorn) - creamy white flowers in Spring; red or black fruits in Autumn
Eucryphia (Brush bush) - pure white flowers against glossy green leaves in late Summer
Laburnum x watereri (Voss's laburnum) - pendulous racemes of bright yellow flowers in early Summer. Bright, smooth green bark
Lagerstroemia (Crepe myrtle) - pink, red, lavender or white flowers in Summer. Peeling reddish brown bark, good in Winter
Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree) - vigorous tree with large yellow/green tulip-shaped flowers, with orange-marked centres. Distinctively shaped leaves, with good Autumn colour (6th photo)
Magnolia campbellii (Pink tulip tree) - often the first Magnolia to flower in Cornish gardens in early Spring; goblet-shaped pink flowers with white inside
Paulownia tomentosa (Foxglove) - Lilac, purple flowers in Spring. Handsome, large deciduous leaves
Sophora microphylla (Kowhai) - Dense clusters of yellow drooping flowers in Spring born on wiry branches with small fern-like leaves (7th photo)

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Good thought Alya - fragrant and very prolific blossom. The RHS gave it an award of garden merit.

    • 14 of the best flowering trees
  2. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    I'd also add the Persian Silk Tree to the list which has delightful pink, fluffy flowers in late Summer/early Autumn.

    • 14 of the best flowering trees

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