For those of us with smaller yards, space is something to be used wisely. When it comes to planting flowering trees, there are several varieties that could meet your needs. From delicate blooms to brilliant fall color, these trees can brighten up your property in a pinch.
A Missouri native, serviceberry blooms from March to April. The flowers of this little tree are white and eventually gives way to berries that are edible when mature. These berries also attract birds. Tolerant of clay soils, serviceberry has no serious disease or pest problems.
Serviceberry can grow up to 30 feet in height and 20 feet in spread.
“Royal White” Eastern Redbud
“Royal white” eastern redbud is a low-maintenance tree that blooms in April and is best planted in part shade with well-draining soil. Native to eastern and central North America, its flowers are small and bloom on bare branches. Since this tree doesn’t transplant easily, it’s highly recommended that you plant young from a local nursery to lessen transplant shock.
Royal White can grow up to 25 feet in height and 25 feet in spread.
This Missouri native is a deciduous small tree that is a great option for urban homes in that it is tolerant of air pollution seldom needs pruning other than to remove unwanted branches. This tree is also a Plant of Merit, meaning it is easy to grow and maintain, is resistant or tolerant of disease and insects, and is not known to be invasive.
With creamy white fringe-like flowers that bloom from May to June, Fringetree is great at attracting birds.
Fringetree can grow up to 20 feet in height and 20 feet in spread.
There’s no wonder the flowering dogwood is the state tree of Missouri. This Missouri native has distinctive flowers that come in colors ranging from pink to white and attracts birds and butterflies. In fall, its leaves can turn a brilliant red.
Dogwoods range in sizes depending on the cultivar. Common sizes range from 15 to 20 feet in height and spread.
“Little Girl Series” Magnolia
The “Little Girl Series” are hybrid magnolias that are considered specimen trees perfect for peripheries. Since they flower later than other magnolias, Little Girls have a lower risk of damage to the flowers from late spring frosts. Many all tolerate of urban air pollution but grow best in neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade
Depending on the variety, these magnolias can grow from 10 to 15 feet in height and spread.