Trees for Home Gardens

Add color and texture to the home garden by planting trees. Grown in a wide range of sizes and shapes, as well as bloom and foliage color, trees create a showy display among the garden. Flowering trees make an attractive addition to the garden because of their bright, colorful blooms. Other trees that have fiery fall colors also looks striking within the landscape. Choose those that grow within your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone to create an enduring garden.

Yoshino Cherry

Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) is a flowering deciduous tree with a rounded form and arching spread that makes for an attractive addition to the home garden. They reach a maximum height of 40 feet and a spread of 30 to 50 feet. Yoshino cherry trees have a cluster of double white or pale pink flowers that emerge in March or April followed by their small black fruit. They have a rapid growth rate and foliage that grows up to 4 ½ inches long. In fall, the leaves on Yoshino cherry trees turn a yellow to gold for a vibrant display among the landscape. Yoshino cherry trees grow best in full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil. They are suitable in Zones 5 to 8.

Flowering Dogwood

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is a slow growing deciduous tree that has a semi-rounded top and low horizontal branches. They reach a maximum of 30 feet in height and have a spread of 15 to 20 feet. Flowering dogwood trees have showy 4-inch wide white flowers that bloom in April followed by their glossy red fruit in fall. The oval green leaves on flowering dogwood trees grow 3 to 6 inches long and turn a red to purple in fall for a brilliant display. They grow best in part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Flowering dogwood trees are suitable in Zones 5 to 9.

Japanese Maple

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is a deciduous tree with bright foliage. They have a dense, rounded top and spreading branches that give them their layered look. Japanese maple trees reach 25 feet in height and have a spread of 10 to 25 feet. The green summer foliage ranges from 2 to 5 inches long, turning shades of yellow, purple, red and bronze in the fall. The small flowers on Japanese maple trees are red to purple, blending in well with the tree. Japanese maple trees require a smattering of shade and moist, well-drained soil. They grow in Zones 5 to 8.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in Travels.com and GardenGuides.com and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and Forbes.com.