10 Spring Flowering Trees (that won't take over the yard)

10 Spring Flowering Trees (that won't take over the yard)

That moment in spring when flowering trees burst into a blizzard of blooms is when you know that a new season has truly begun.

There are many flowering trees from which to choose–all of them wonderful–but we wanted to share a few that are right-sized for smaller spaces. Smaller is, of course, a relative term. None of these get larger than 20 ft tall or wide, and several are much smaller. Here are ten we recommend.

As you begin to assess the garden this spring, consider adding an early-flowering tree or two. Think of it as a gift from you to you after a long winter.

If you have questions or need to fill a specific space, leave a note in comments below. We’re here to help.

Krauter Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum
Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’

Perhaps the most colorful of all flowering plums! Beautiful dark purple-black summer foliage is preceded by a profusion of showy pink flowers in spring. Deciduous. Up to 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Full sun. Zone: 4 – 9


Teddy Bear® Southern Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Southern Charm’ P.P. #13,049

Very compact, upright grower whose shiny, deep green leaves have a heavy reddish-brown felt beneath. Large 6 to 8 inch fragrant white flowers dot the plant throughout the warm months.

Superb small specimen or accent in the landscape. Highly adaptable tree tolerates mild drought, when established.

Evergreen. Full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Zone: 7 – 9


Dove Tree
(Davidia involucrata)

Large showy white bracts flutter like handkerchiefs in the slightest breeze. Deciduous. Partial to full sun. Slow to 20 ft. tall (taller with age). Zone: 6 – 8


Royal Raindrops® Flowering Crabapple
Malus x ‘JFS-KW5’ P.P. #14,375

Stunning small landscape tree for front yards or courtyards.Deciduous. Full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Zone: 4 – 8


Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud
Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ P.P. #22,097

Weeping canopy, heart-shaped leaves, spring flowers. Deciduous. Partial to full sun. Up to 8 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Zone: 5 – 9


Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis ‘Monhews’ P.P.  #11,078

Improved desert willow cultivar introduced by Monrovia is notable for its long bloom period from spring through summer. Fragrant blooms appear in clusters at branch ends; flowers do not set seed.

Gorgeous specimen to anchor a border, or as a large patio container feature. Drought-tolerant once established.

Deciduous to semi-evergreen. Full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 7 – 9


Bonsai Blue Jacaranda
Jacaranda mimosifolia ‘Sakai01’ P.P. #26,574

New and truly dwarf. Remarkably heat and drought tolerant. Semi-evergreen. Full sun. Up to 12 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Zone: 9 – 11


Double Weeping Rosebud Cherry
Prunus pendula ‘Pleno-rosea’

Graceful, long, weeping boughs densely packed with magenta buds that open to double, pink, spring flowers. Deciduous. Full sun. Slow to 20 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 4 – 8


Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood
Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’

For the collector. Ivory-striped wavy leaves fade to pink-red in fall. Bright berries follow iconic flowers. Deciduous. Full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 5 – 8


Romeo™ Sour Cherry
Prunus cerasus ‘Romeo’

Bird friendly! Edible! Fall color! Fast growing! Showy fruit!

Beautiful clusters of fragrant, white, self-pollinating flowers in mid-spring. Abundant clusters of dark purple-red fruit in midsummer. Glossy green foliage turns yellow in the fall. Excellent variety for cooking, baking, and canning.

Deciduous. Full sun. Fast up to 8 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Zone: 3 – 8

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