Trees perform so many functions in a yard, offering greenery, oxygen, and shade to plants (and humans). Flowering trees are especially lovely to have in the garden, often bringing in more blooms than the rest of the flowering plants combined. There are many flowering tree varieties that produce flowers in all different sizes and colors.
A native of the Eastern United States, flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is a striking ornamental tree that boasts a dense, wide canopy of green leaves. The plant flowers in the spring, producing sizable pink or white blooms for several weeks. Rarely reaching heights over 20 feet, the tree is excellent for those who are low on space. Flowering dogwood does best in filtered shade, with soil that is moist, fertile and well-drained.
A native of Japan, saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) is a deciduous tree that reaches heights of about 30 feet. In winter or spring, the plant boasts large, waxy blooms in shades of pink or crisp white. Commonly grown as a shade tree, the tree also offers broad, deep-green foliage. Saucer magnolia does best in rich, fertilizer-enhanced soils that are kept consistently moist. Ideally, sunlight should be filtered or partial.
Yellow poinciana (Peltophorum pterocarpum) is a showy flowering tree native to the coasts of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Northern Australia. Reaching heights of up to 50 feet, yellow poinciana is an imposing tree made especially dramatic when it bursts into bloom with clusters of translucent, yellow flowers. The tree does best in moist, well-drained soils in filtered shade or partial shade. The plant will tolerate full sunlight if watered often.