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Trees provide all kinds of benefits, including bright colors in spring. Here are 12 spectacularly blooming trees by zone to consider for your outdoor space.

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Flowering trees are a fun addition to any garden. In the spring, these trees add explosive color to areas up high where most of your other plants can’t reach. Find the perfect tree for your garden with this handy guide to U.S. native trees that bloom in spring.

Note: These trees are only suitable to grow in certain climates. Make sure the area where you live is in a plant hardiness zone listed for the tree.

1. Dogwood

Zones 5-8

Dogwood blooms

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Dogwood blooms in a variety of colors including yellow, white, and pink. It also bears colorful fruits and has scarlet leaves in the fall.

2. Plum

Zone 5-9 (and others depending on species)

plum bloom

(image: Tempei Manaka)

Coming in before the beautiful reddish-purple leaves, the sparse but bright flowers of plum trees gather all the attention in spring.

3. Cherry

Zones 2-10

cherry blooming tree

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Although popular in Japan, species like the weeping cherry are native to the United States. These trees have pink or white flowers with lightweight petals that drift on a strong breeze.

4. Crabapple

Zone 2-9 (depending on species)

crabapple bloom tree

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This white or pink flowering tree is very popular for its hardiness in a variety of climates. Many species are susceptible to disease, however, so be sure to choose carefully.

5. Serviceberry

Zone 4-7

serviceberry bloom

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This tree starts off tall and grows wide with age. It bears clusters of white flowers in spring, soon followed by small edible berries that attract birds.

6. Tulip Tree

Zone 5-9

tulip tree bloom

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The orange and green blooms of Liriodendron tulipifera are quite beautiful, but are sometimes hard to see from a distance.

7. Crape Myrtle

Zone 7-9

crape myrtle bloom

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The pink, red, white, or purple blossoms of Crape Myrtle look almost like crinkled tissue paper. This tree is just as colorful in autumn when its leaves turn red, orange, and yellow.

8. Fringe Tree

Zones 3-9

fringe tree bloom

(image: Kristine Paulus

The fringe tree’s white petals are thin and long, making the groups of flowers look almost like cheerleader’s pom-poms. Along with the blossoms comes a sweet aroma.

9. Magnolia

Zones 5-9 (varies by species)

magnolia blooms

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Magnolias have over 80 species in the United States, each with their own hardiness and climate needs. The different varieties can produce stunning white, pink, magenta and yellow blossoms.

10. Redbud

Zones 4-10

Redbud tree bloom

(image: Joe Shlabotnik)

The small purplish pink flowers of the redbud cluster close to the tree’s branches. In fall, the leaves turn yellow and the tree grows brown seed pods.

11. Golden Chain Tree

Zones 6-8

golden chain tree blooms

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The golden chain tree may not grow very tall, but it’s one of the brightest trees around in spring.

12. Hawthorn

Zone varies depending on species

hawthorn bloom

(image: Maura McDonnell)

The Hawthorn (or Hawthorne) tree is a member of the rose family and its flowers are usually white but sometimes pink. Check different species‘ hardiness zones before planting.

So many options

There are so many gorgeous flowering trees to choose from that are common to your local area. Visit your local garden center to see what native flowering trees they have in stock.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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