Flowering Trees in the Landscape
Trees that provide colorful flowers are a nice addition to the landscape. The
bloom time for flowering trees range from very early spring through early
summer. Most types only bloom for a few weeks. Following are a few flowering
trees that perform well in the Kansas City area under the right conditions.
- Crabapples in bloom are spectacular. Flower colors are red, white and
pink. There are numerous varieties that range in height from 10 to 30 feet.
Choose the proper varieties to avoid common disease problems.
- Flowering Dogwood is a showy tree that requires a shaded spot for best
growth. Flower colors include white, pink, and red. White flowering
varieties tend to be easiest to grow in the Kansas City area.
- Ornamental Pear selections must be chosen with care. Avoid planting the
common Bradford Pear, it has many bad habits. Newer improved varieties
include ‘Aristocrat’, ‘Capital’, ‘Redspire’ and ‘Cleveland
Select’. The pears are early flowering, one of the first to emerge and
loaded with white blossoms.
- Redbud is a wonderful tree found growing in the woodlands. In the
landscape this small tree provides bright pink flowers. Do not overlook the
Whitebud, a white flowering variety.
- Serviceberry is an often-overlooked small tree. A blueberry like fruit
that is a favorite of birds follows showy white flowers in the spring. Fall
color is excellent ranging from yellow to red or orange.
- Fringetree is a small, slow growing tree that would make an excellent
accent in the landscape or flower garden. White flowers shower the tree in
spring. After bloom the plant has a pleasant structure.
- Japanese Tree Lilac flowers after the rush of spring color, often loaded
with creamy white flowers. This medium sized tree can reach 30 to 40 feet.
The tree is underutilized and should be planted more.
- Goldenrain tree produces golden-yellow flowers later than any flowering
tree in the area. After flowering seedpods develop that can become
attractive as they turn from chartreuse to brown.
These are just a few of the flowering trees that will grow in the area.
Adding any of these species to the landscape will result in a showy display each
Dennis Patton, DPatton@oznet.ksu.edu
County Extension Agent, Horticulture
Johnson County, Kansas
Kansas State University Research and Extension