If you're thinking about buying flowering plants this Mother's Day, or you just want to spruce up your yard a bit, trees with gorgeous blooms might be just what you're looking for. Not only will they provide an outdoor space with seasonal color, but they'll continue to dazzle year after year - definitely gifts Mom would like! Here are 10 of the prettiest flowering trees to consider.
1. Eastern redbud. According to The Honey Tree Nursery, Eastern redbuds are small trees with purpley-pink flowers. They have heart-shaped leaves and are often the first trees to bloom in the spring. They also grow to 20 or 30 feet and thrive in a variety of conditions.
2. Weeping cherry tree. MichiganBulb.com points out that this beautiful species features cascading branches full of lush pink blossoms. It also prefers full sun to partial shade, and shouldn't be planted where pedestrian traffic is heavy, as the branches could get damaged.
3. Southern magnolia. If you're looking for something larger, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggests the Southern magnolia, which grows to 60 to 80 feet tall. With white fragrant flowers and shiny leaves, this tree is a sight to see in springtime.
4. Kousa dogwood. These 20- to 30-foot trees have large white flowers, reports MichiganBulb.com. They bloom in the early summer so the flowers aren't affected by late frosts.
5. Flowering crabapple. These trees can take on a variety of shapes, including mounds and narrow uprights, according to Better Homes and Gardens. They also feature fragrant white, pink or red flowers with small apples in the fall.
6. Empress tree. According to The Honey Tree Nursery, this Chinese tree is a favorite in North America because of its fast growth and violet flowers. It enjoys full to partial sun.
7. Mimosa tree. The feathery flowers of this Oriental tree are fragrant and pink, reports the University of Florida. It's also called the silk tree and can grow to 20 or 40 feet tall.
8. Fringe tree. According to The Honey Tree Nursery, these small trees are native to North America and often showcase soft white blooms. They have interesting bark and are very hardy, even when faced with drought.
9. Flowering almond tree. SummerStoneNursery.com reports that these non-producing trees have frilly pink flowers in the spring. They're very hardy and capable of spreading, making them a great ornamental addition.
10. Golden chain tree. These trees have hanging chains of showy yellow flowers, reports The Honey Tree Nursery. They only grow to be 10 to 18 feet tall and thrive in well-drained soil.