Ornamental Trees

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Highly ornamental trees, like Yoshino Weeping Cherry are a wonderful addition to your landscape

One of the best-selling types of trees we offer are ornamental trees. Typically, these are smaller growing trees – under 25 feet tall - that deliver more than just shade.

Flowering ornamental trees add pizzazz in the spring and gorgeous foliage in the summer to any landscape or yard. They give the home beauty and permanence. Ornamental trees beautify our surroundings with interesting shapes, patterns, colors, scents, and seasonal changes.

More Color from Flowers and Foliage

The most desired ornamental feature of these smaller growing trees is flowers. Homeowners in warmer zones can enjoy Strawberry Trees, Crape Myrtles, Chaste Trees and Flowering Dogwood Trees.

We offer a lot of choice for the colder zones, too, including Magnolias, Flowering Ornamental Plum, Cherry Blossom Trees; Crabapples and a huge number of Redbud selections.

At various time during the year, we sell shrubs that are trained as single stem trees such as Rose and Hydrangea Trees. These special plants are bloom machines, for sure.

Our ornamental group offers color from flowers and leaves. Breeders have been busy enhancing these features. This can include dramatic red and bronze coloring in newly emerging leaves and new growth.

With some plants like the Crape Myrtle, breeders have introduced dark purples and almost black leaf color. This is such an incredible contrast against the massive flower displays! Purple, red, and yellow leaf color has been introduced into many new Redbud selections and Smoke trees too.

Let's not forget about fall color. Fall color of many of the Crabapples, Flowering Plums and Cherry Blossom Trees can be a beautiful attribute. Fall color often lasts longer than the flower displays!

Multiple Seasons of Interest, Including Winter 

Many ornamental trees offer color from flowers, spring and summer foliage, and from fall color, but don't forget about these other desirable traits.

After a plant flowers, there will be some kind of fruit or seed that can be very ornamental. Perhaps you have seen Crabapples bloom and know the amazing and persistent fruit displays that follow the bloom. Showy fruits can persist all through the fall and winter seasons.

They may still be hanging on the trees in spring until the migrating birds return to remove them from the trees. Imagine the length of show that shiny, persistent fruit presents! Cedar Waxwings and Robins are always pleased to find a Crabapple tree loaded with fruit that hung on all winter.

Ornamental trees give more than just flowers, as this Magnolia Tree seed pod shows

Flowering Cherries and Plums also produce beautiful fruits that are excellent for wildlife, as well. Even Magnolias will produce lovely orange seeds that add a lot to the landscape.

Ornamental trees can be deciduous or evergreen. Evergreens tend to derive their ornamental flavor from unique shapes or sizes. 

Let's not forget to mention the beautiful berries that are used for winter and holiday decoration produced by Holly plants. Seed heads and seed pods are very decorative and can be used for cutting or to enjoy in the landscape right on the plants.

Plants that lose their foliage in the winter months can also have attributes that add to your landscape. Deciduous trees usually point to leaf color or tree form to accentuate their eye catching qualities.

Some weeping forms are outstanding in all seasons. Weeping Redbud, Weeping Snowbell, or Weeping Cherry trees have a fantastic fountain-like look to them, no matter what season they are in.

The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud is one of those trees. It combines very early spring flowers with a unique twisted form that is attractive with or without leaves.

Weeping ornamental trees are favorites of many homeowners. The long graceful weeping branches attract attention and seem to give a sense of peace and calm to a yard.

Spreading forms include Redbud, Dogwood, and Cherry Blossom or Plums. Strong vertical forms include Flowering Pear trees or Serviceberry, Crabapples and some Lilac Trees.

Let's not forget the bark either. The peeling and exfoliating bark that you find on some plants, like Birch, is highly ornamental and worth highlighting with outdoor lighting.

Tips for Growing Ornamental Trees

There are many trees that we have included within our "Ornamentals" group. Typically, these include smaller plants with lots of interest. Always look at the mature size of the plant so you know how much room you will need in its new location.

Know your Growing Zone (punch in your zip code on our website to find yours), read the soil type needed for best results, and lastly see if your plant will need full sun, or tolerate part or all shade. Each plant has the cultural requirements listed on our website. We also offer live chat, or you can always email us with your questions at [email protected]