White flowering trees planted among the landscape bring vibrancy and color to the garden. Their white clusters of blooms often emerge in spring and summer to light up the garden. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, white flowering trees are ideal planted in rows along a backyard or as a specimen tree in the front yard landscape.
Pin cherry (Prunus pennsylvanica), also called fire cherry, is a deciduous tree with a rapid growth rate and medium texture. Growing 25 to 40 feet tall, the pin cherry tree has an open, rounded crown and horizontal branches. The fruit of the pin cherry attracts winged wildlife like birds to the garden. Emerging in spring, the white clustering blooms emerge on the tree to bring warmth to the landscape. The oval green leaves grow 3 to 4-1/2 inches long to cast a maroon, orange or red color in fall. Pin cherry trees do not tolerate shade. They require full sun and grow in a wide range of soil types, making for an adaptable tree. Plant pin cherry trees in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 3 to 7.
Tea crabapple (Malus hupehensis) is a deciduous tree with fragrant white flowers. Growing 20 to 25 feet tall and wide, tea crabapple trees have a moderate growth rate and medium texture. The vase-shaped, broad form and arching branches makes the tea crabapple a striking variety. The green leaves grow 2 to 4 inches long to turn yellow and copper every fall. Growing under 1/2 inch wide, the pink buds of tea crabapple open to produce a 5-petaled white bloom. Tea crabapple trees cast light shade in the garden and are ideal grow in masses along a garden wall or backyard patio. Tea crabapple trees require full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. They have a moderate drought tolerance, making for an adaptable white blooming tree variety. Plant in USDA zones 4 to 8.
Japanese Crape Myrtle
Japanese crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia fauriei) is a deciduous tree with a rapid growth rate and medium texture. Growing 20 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide, Japanese crape myrtle has an upright and arching form that creates a commanding landscape presence. The clusters of white flowers emerge in summer to last into the fall. The whorled green leaves grow just under 3 inches wide to turn yellow in fall. Heat-tolerant and cold hardy, Japanese crape myrtles are hardy trees. Their red to brown bark is fluted to produce a showy display. Japanese crape myrtle trees require full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Plant in USDA zones 6 to 9.