Trees serve several purposes: They provide shade and windbreaks, borders for paths or driveways and add majestic beauty to the landscape. Flowering trees can also add a splash of color here and there, breaking up the green monotony of lawn and foliage. The selection of flowering trees is wide and varied as to size, utility and color.
There are three different types of redbud grown in the United States: Eastern Redbud, Chinese Redbud and Western Redbud. These beautiful trees, with their lobed and rounded leaves, bear a profusion of color with clusters of small, sweet pea-shaped flowers in white, pink, lavender, deep purple and wine-red. Redbuds offer year-round beauty with spring flowers, attractive summer foliage and interesting fall pods. They grow from 10 to 35 feet, depending on the species.
Magnolias are found in both evergreen and deciduous varieties. The classic magnolia has big, white, showy flowers that are very fragrant, and glossy, evergreen leaves. Deciduous magnolias may have saucer-shaped flowers resembling tulips, or star flowers. All varieties require a great amount of care and roots can be damaging to concrete or pavement, so select its placement carefully. Magnolias grow from 10 to 50 feet, depending on the species.
Idaho locust will grow in all zones and is well suited to Rocky Mountain gardens. These tall, shapely trees grow up to 40 feet in height. They don feathery, roundish leaflets, and their showy, 8-inch flower clusters are a bright magenta-rose in mid-spring to early summer. Locusts will tolerate dry, hot conditions and poor soil and are fairly fast growing.