How to Choose Ornamental Trees


Ornamental trees are everywhere. From crabapple on the golf course to Magnolias in front southern lawns, nothing complements a yard more than a bright blooming ornamental tree. Well maintained ornamental trees are also an excellent tool for increasing property values and adding aesthetic appeal to an otherwise plain yard.

Step 1

Review the USDA hardiness zone map and determine your hardiness zone. The map can be found at For example, if you live in San Diego, California, then your hardiness zones are 9 through 11.

Step 2

Decide which season and for how long you desire the tree to bloom. Some trees bloom in early spring, while others bloom from late spring through autumn. The crape myrtle is the longest blooming tree.

Step 3

Decide what color of blooms are preferred. There are trees available in every color imaginable, including pink, purple, red, white and yellow.

Step 4

Determine the maximum growing space permissible to your yard. Ornamental trees range from 10 feet to 80 feet high. Examples of miniature ornamental trees include the staghorn sumac and golden raintree.

Step 5

Consider any special circumstances with your yard. For instance if you have a dog, you may not want to purchase an ornamental tree with toxic leaves or flowers. Other concerns may include leaf and flower cleanup and allergies.

Step 6

Look through pictures of various ornamental trees to get an idea of what the tree will look like once it reaches maturity. A great place to view pictures of ornamental trees is a retail site, such as or


  • Fast Growing Trees: Flowering Trees
  • Nature Hills: Ornamental Trees
  • USDA Hardiness Zone Map
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