Flowering trees are a beautiful addition to any garden. Not only do they provide you with beautiful blossoms, but they can also create privacy for your home and color to your backyard. Some, like the crabapple, even bear edible fruit that can be made into jams and sauces. 🙂
Here are our 10 favorite trees with pink flowers that you could consider planting to liven up your garden.
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Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus ‘Amanogawa’)
Native to Japan, these award-winning blooms appear as fragrant pale-pink flowers that emerge in pairs in mid to late spring. Each flower has 6-15 petals that appear pale pink before fading to white as they mature. Its sweet smell is known to attract birds.
Hardy and strikingly elegant, Japanese Flowering Cherry trees grow upright in a column, up to 25 feet (8 meters) tall by 8 feet (2 meters) wide. Their narrow, compact size also makes them ideal for small gardens. They are not known to be invasive.
- Easy to grow; thrives in partial to full sun
- Grows in a column, up to 25 feet by 8 feet
- Compact size ideal for small gardens
Prairifire Flowing Crabapple (Malus ‘Prairifire’)
Members of the rose family, Rosaceae, Crabapples are known as the roses of the tree world. This particular cultivar delights with bold, full deep pink-red flowers in spring and purple-red fruit in autumn. While tart, the fruit is edible and can be made into jams.
During fall, their leaves turn a striking orange. Crabapple trees are broad and round, growing 15-20 feet (4-6 meters) tall and wide. You can expect them to grow up to 1 foot (30cm) a year.
Unlike some other cultivars of Crabapple trees, Prairifire is disease-resistant and tolerant to various growing conditions. They last from 50 to 150 years if you take care of them.
- Does best in full sun and fertile soils
- Generally hardy and disease-resistant
- Fruit is edible and can be made into jams
Cherokee Brave Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Comco No. 1’)
Native to North America, the ornamental pastel pink blossoms of the Cherokee Brave Dogwoods appear in showy clusters in mid-spring, with each flower fading to a stunning white center. Foliage turns burgundy in spring, and dark red berries emerge through fall. The berries are edible, attracting birds to your Dogwood.
Though this tree is undoubtedly stunning and can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) tall at a rate of 2 feet per year, it requires moderate maintenance. For best results, plant this tree in well-drained, acidic soil and use mulching to ensure adequate moisture.
- Smaller ornamental trees, growing up to 30 feet tall
- Benefits from 2-4 inches of cedar mulch, which helps the soil to retain moisture
- Grows well in partial shade to full sun
Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense)
Native to China, Japan and the woodland regions of the Himalayas, the Chinese Fringe Flower is an excellent option for warmer climates. These evergreen shrubs produce red-pink tassel-like flowers that present in prolific clusters. They bloom in mid-spring, may re-bloom through the year, and are hardy plants requiring little maintenance.
This is a versatile plant, tolerating partial shade to full sun. They prefer loamy but well-drained soil and are deer-resistant. They are also non-toxic to pets.
- Partial shade to full sun; well-draining, acidic soil is best (use a soil test kit to check this)
- Shrub habit, growing 1-10 feet (0.3 – 3 meters) tall and 5-10 feet (1.5 – 3 meters) wide
- Whilst hardy, they can fall victim to common pests and diseases such as spider mites and root rot
Pink Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’)
Pink Kousa Dogwoods are deciduous mid-sized shrubs (12-15 feet or 3.6-4.5 meters tall and wide) known for their prolific, pastel-pink flowers that bloom in the spring and ivy-green foliage. The flowers give way to strawberry-like red fruits which persist through the summer months.
The fall colors of this tree are spectacular, delighting your garden with shades of bronze, gold, and red.
Like the Heaven Scent Magnolia, Miss Satomi is the recipent of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, laying claim to its beauty and ability to thrive in most gardens.
Need another reason to love the Miss Satomi? They are easier to care for than the American Dogwood. 🙂 However, they are not fast growers so you have to be patient! You can expect them to grow up to 12-24 inches (30-60cm) per year.
- Thrives in partial shade to full sun with light mulching
- Generally pest-resistant
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp)
The Crape Myrtle is a group of 50 cultivars from the genus Lagerstroemia. They produce dramatic flowers ranging from white to red and purple pinks. They emerge as small to medium sized shrubs or small trees.
Thankfully hardy, these trees have long-lasting flowers that have a crinkly, crepe-like texture. They thrive in full sun (6 hours per day is best) in tropical climates.
However they can be messy – dropping leaves, flowers and flaking bark means you should opt to plant them away from patios, porches, and decks.
- Small to medium sized shubs or small trees
- Prefer tropical climates, and bright sunny spots
- Plant away from patios, porches and decks
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Oleander is a rapidly-growing evergreen with clusters of pink flowers (or white or yellow, depending on the cultivar) that bloom from June to October. They tolerate various kinds of soil, heat and drought and are generally unfussy. However they do require warmer climates to survive (68 degrees F / 20 degrees C and above).
However, the foliage, flowers and stems of an Oleander tree can be fatally toxic when ingested. So these are not the best option if you have pets of small children around. Even when handling the foliage and flowers can result in skin irritation or burns – so always use thick gardening gloves!
- Grows best in full sun; tolerates a range of soils
- Can be fatal when ingested by humans and animals
Weeping Cherry (Prunus pendula)
These are a variety of ornamental cherry trees whose prolific flowers cascade down from pendulant branches. Growing up to 20-30 feet (6-10 meters), these are a striking addition to driveways or front lawns. In spring, attention-grabbing blooms emerge as prolific clusters of 2-5 pale pink flowers.
What’s more, their fragrant blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies. These trees may take 10 years to grow 30 feet (10 meters).
As an ornamental tree, the Prunus pendula has a non-aggressive root system.
- Perform best in full fun; require well-draining soil
- Requires good air circulation
- Minimal care requirements. Pruning is not essential
- Add a layer of mulch to trees
Heaven Scent Magnolia (Magnolia ‘Heaven Scent’)
These are rapidly-growing compact deciduous trees with dark green foliage. Heaven Scent Magnolias produce reddish-pink cup-shaped flowers in spring that fade to pale pink in summer. Unlike most magnolias, the Heaven Scent has a prolonged flowering season, blooming for 4-6 weeks.
This cultivar is the recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, which is a reflection of its ability to perform well in most gardens.
True to their name, they produce large (up to 4 inches / 10cm in length) fragrant flowers with a magenta stripe on the outside. They can reach a height of 33 feet (10 meters) tall and wide in 20 years.
- Small hardy trees ideal for most gardens
- Generally pest-resistant
- Long-lasting cup-shaped blooms
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Native to North America, this hardy tree is a favorite. They boast heart-shaped leaves and showy pink-purple flowers that emerge as clusters on their branches in the spring. By mid-summer, these give way to legumes that may persist through winter.
These smaller trees (20-30 feet, 6-9 meters) are ideal for patios or cosy gardens. They grow at a rate of 7-10 feet (2-3 meters) in 5 years.
- These are unfussy trees which adapt to most light exposure levels
- Blooms last for 3 weeks
- Moist, well-drained soil is best
That’s it! We hope this article helps you decide on which flowering pink tree you’d like in your garden. If you need some inspiration, here are some Plant Shelfies to get you started:
Deborah is a plant enthusiast and founder of Gardening Collective.