Ah, spring. Green, yellow, magenta, and purple are beginning to replace the drab gray and brown hues of winter. Each day presents more vivid brilliance than the day before, thanks to the colorful trees that we chose for our landscape!
If you’re considering planting an ornamental tree that will burst with color every spring, but aren’t quite sure what performs best in your region, we have some suggestions. Here are some of our top picks for amazing, colorful trees:
Colorful Trees for Northern Regions
Eastern Redbud for Zones 4-9
This bright beauty is considered the harbinger of spring. It’s one of the first to announce spring’s arrival, and it does so in a truly dramatic fashion.
Reaching 20 to 30 feet in height, the Eastern Redbud has an elegant irregular branching pattern, as its trunk often divides close to the ground. The slender branches arch outward, giving the tree a dense, rounded shape. In early spring, petite and rosy-pink blossoms appear in clusters covering the branches, and sometimes emerge along the trunk! Then, bright magenta-pink flowers surge, blending with the tree’s heart-shaped leaves.
Plus, this easy-to-grow tree is more tolerant of cold than most, and its blooms hang on when winds get rough.
Kwanzan Cherry for Zones 5-9
The display of color from this tree is breathtaking, giving one of the most spectacular shows as it flourishes each spring. The strong branches overflow with bright pink, massive flowers in March and April, creating a cloud-like profusion in bloom.
Because the tree often grows quite low to the ground, the branches provide admirers a close-up view of its brilliant blooms. Shaped similarly to a rose, they are fully double and are some of the largest seen on any flowering tree.
A star of the ‘National Cherry Blossom Festival’ in Washington, D.C., it’s easy to see why millions are drawn to witness city streets lined with this tree in full bloom.
And single ornamental is just as impressive. The Kwanzan Cherry will provide an astonishing show year after year when you make it the centerpiece of your landscape!
Colorful Trees for Southern Regions
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’ Tree for Zones 4-9
Contrasting the bleak backdrop of a winter landscape, the Magnolia ‘Butterflies’ Tree ignites with color as early as February, boldly signaling the first sign of spring. It’s one of the first trees to flower, showcasing bright canary-yellow blossoms that continue to thrive through April.
This magnolia grows to 15 to 25 feet, and its shape is elegant. The branches are long, slender and upright, offering a stunning framework for the colorful blooms. The flowers appear on bare branches before the leaves, and seem to perch like yellow butterflies throughout the tree.
Best of all, it’s low-maintenance, tolerant of cold snaps, drought, and even the strong heat of summer. This easygoing beauty and ultimately colorful tree is something to behold! And when we ship it to you, it’ll be ready to illuminate your yard the very first season.
Jacaranda Tree for Zones 9-11
Few trees rival the striking color of the tropical Jacaranda Tree each spring. This tree’s display of bright lavender color, combined with its impressive size, is awe-inspiring.
It can grow more than 40 feet high, and up to 30 feet wide, creating twilight-colored shade beneath a majestic purple canopy.
Even better, the Jacaranda’s flowers are tubular, long and trumpet-like. They’ll appear upon bare branches before the soft feathery foliage arrives. The blooms are packed into frilled purple clusters, and will cover the tree more than two months, from spring into summer.
Furthermore, this sun-loving tree is fast-growing and strong. It is drought tolerant and handles a variety of soil types. Though it can only be planted in landscapes across the Southern-most parts of the United States, anyone can admire its heavenly display as a patio plant.
Colorful Trees for Western Regions
Cherokee Brave Dogwood for Zones 5-9
Among dogwood trees, this classic beauty gets first prize when it comes to its incredible color. Each spring, this colorful tree is covered in crimson blooms.
Plus, it’s compact, growing 20 to 30 feet. And its sturdy horizontal branches create multi-layered tiers for a remarkable spring display. The flowers, emerging weeks before the leaves, are surrounded by four petal-like bracts that lay flat and clover-like. Their color is unmatched: rich burgundy tips blend to bright white centers.
Furthermore, this dogwood is more tolerant of cold than others, and bravely stands through snow, ice and sudden changes in weather. It is easy to grow and maintain, extending a splendid welcome to spring each and every year.
Prairifire Crabapple for Zones 4-8
Often considered the “jewel of the landscape,” the Prairifire Crabapple can appear to literally glow in the springtime! It has incredibly vivid ruby-colored blooms and its growth is compact and upright. You can expect yours to reach 20 feet in height.
Each spring, its branches fill with blooms of deep magenta and purple flowers. It will continue to blossom into summer, making this tree one of the most prolific in flower production.
And the fiery bright flowers of spring aren’t the only color this ornamental offers. Its leaves are red in the spring and purple-veined. As weather warms up, they’ll convert into a rich deep green color. Each season, a colorful surprise is in store from this tree, from its bright red berry-like fruit in the summer, to its gorgeous foliage in fall, then to its orange tinted bark in winter.
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Are you ready to enhance your surroundings with the most gorgeous colors that nature offers? We have hundreds of colorful trees that come alive in spring, with brilliant hues that you’ll enjoy for generations.
If you would like additional ideas regarding the best fit for your landscape, please give us a call! We love to share our knowledge and want you to choose a tree that you absolutely love.