Pink Flowering Trees: Choosing A Tree With Pink Flowers For Your Yard

Lane Of Pink Flowering Trees
(Image credit: Ultima_Gaina)

Flowering trees add so much beauty to a landscape. They may provide shade, fragrance, and even fruits in addition to their ornamental appeal. Many gardeners like to bring in a tree with pink flowers to brighten up a garden corner. 

If you are thinking of doing the same, there are many pink blossom trees out there. Whether you want a small tree with pink flowers or a large one, read on for our recommendations.

Pink Blossom Trees

When you are looking for a small tree with pink flowers for the backyard, why not start with ornamental fruit trees? Though many gardeners bring in regular fruit trees for their orchards, it’s the ornamental fruit trees that have the best spring blossom displays.

One to put on your list is the Japanese flowering cherry tree (Prunus serrulata), an upright ornamental cherry that doesn’t grow beyond 25 feet (8m) tall and wide. For showy, bright pink blooms with double flowers, consider the cultivar ‘Shirotae’ (‘Mt. Fuji’). For a graceful weeping tree, you can’t do better than the weeping Higan cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’). It is larger than the Japanese flowering cherry and better in a large-scale landscape. 

Pink Dogwood Tree 

If you have room for a larger tree with pink flowers, a pink dogwood tree (Cornus florida) is a good alternative. This medium-sized tree, native to the eastern United States, grows in shade or full sum, blooming in early spring on bare branches. It grows to 40 feet (13m.) tall with a similar spread. 

If you want a pink dogwood tree but prefer a selection of tree forms and blossom types, take a look at Stellar dogwoods, a series of hybrids bred from Cornus kousa and Cornus florida. The cultivar ‘Stellar Pink’ offers abundant pink flowers in springtime.

Pink Magnolia Tree

Among the oldest flowering plants on the planet, the magnolia (Magnolia spp.) is also one of the most beautiful. Though some trees are renowned for their shiny, bone-white blossoms, others grow pink blossoms. 

There are many magnolia species, some smaller, some taller, some evergreen, some deciduous. The star magnolia ‘Rubra’ (Magnolia stellata ‘Rubra’) offers glorious pink flowers in spring. It is one of the earliest trees to flower.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.