Prairifire's blossoming wild apple tree and red dogwood. Trees for all seasons with white flowers. All-Season Trees with Pink Flowers. Snowdrift Crab and Sargent Cherry.
Flowerless trees for all seasons. Known for its exfoliating bark and striking autumn color, the award-winning Acer griseum (paper-bark maple) is a small spreading deciduous tree that is highly desirable. The chestnut-brown bark of its trunk and branches is constantly peeled off, forming fine, tight curls, revealing a brighter cinnamon-red wood underneath. Even the youngest stems contribute to this pleasant effect of peeling the bark.
Equally attractive is the foliage of the three-lobed leaves, typical of most acers. Dark green on top, but frosty blue-green on bottom in spring and summer, delicately textured leaves warm to bright red and orange in the fall before moving for winter. Known for its dazzling exfoliating bark and striking autumn color, the award-winning Acer triflorum (three-flowered maple) is a small deciduous tree that is a real treasure in the landscape. The light ash-brown bark on both the trunk and branches is peeled in vertical strips, revealing pale copper-brown wood underneath.
Equally attractive is the foliage of the trifoliate leaves. Green on top, but greyish green on bottom in spring and summer, warms up to bright red and orange in the fall before shedding for winter. Densely branched with an upright, rounded habit, this slow-growing maple is an exceptional four-season tree. Domesticated for fruit production, Amelanchier alnifolia (Serviceberry) is a deciduous, upright, sucking shrub with four seasons of interest.
In mid-spring, compact clusters of fragrant white flowers appear just before the leaves. Attractive to pollinators, they are followed by small sweet blue berries in early summer. They make excellent jellies or jams and are appreciated by both birds and humans. The foliage of small oval leaves, light green, sharp-toothed and thick, turns into bright shades of orange and red in the fall.
The plant remains attractive even after leaf fall, thanks to its elegant growth habit and its light gray bark adorned with charcoal gray striations. The service berry is attractive as an ornamental shrub or can be trimmed as a nice hedge. Early flowering, Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry) is a large deciduous shrub or small tree with a rounded habit that boasts a profusion of white 5-petal flowers, showy and slightly fragrant in early and mid-spring. Born in fallen clusters, they appear before the leaves emerge.
Attractive to pollinators, they are followed by small, round, tasty, dark purplish black berries in early summer. They resemble blueberries in size and color, taste similar to tall blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) and are often used in jams, jellies and pies if not eaten by birds. The foliage of the obovate and fine-toothed leaves emerges covered with soft, woolly hairs that disappear as the leaves mature (hence the common name). Intense green in summer, leaves, up to 4 inches.
Long (10 cm), changes to fiery shades of yellow, orange, apricot or dusty red in autumn. The smooth, gray bark is striped with longitudinal fissures and provides an excellent effect in winter. Native to eastern North America, Downy Serviceberry grows in a variety of sites, from swampy lowlands to dry forests and sandy cliffs. It also grows on rocky ridges, forest edges and open woods and fields.
Very easy to grow, Downy Serviceberry provides year-round interest in the garden and is most effective on naturalistic plantations and on wooden borders, ponds and streams. A dogwood tree brings beauty and interest to your yard all year round. It blooms during spring in a profusion of white, pink and red flowers, and then presents lush, compact foliage in summer. Most varieties show red foliage in the fall before dropping leaves to show attractive branching in the winter.
There is a variety for almost any area of the United States, so it's no surprise that dogwood is one of the most popular flowering trees in America. Maple trees, such as Japanese maple and Autumn Blaze maple, are known for their striking red leaves in autumn. These trees are pollution-tolerant, making them great for busy neighborhoods. Trees known as evergreens keep their leaves, called needles, all year round.
You can determine an evergreen tree by its continuous foliage display during the cold months, while other trees lose leaves. Murray pine, fir, palm, holly and cypress trees keep their leaves all year round. Not only would this person be familiar with the cycle of a deciduous tree, but they would probably also expect to see evergreens, such as pine and fir trees, adding some balance to the snowy mix fed by winter. Interestingly, many evergreens are conifers, which simply means carrying cones.
So, the fact that the term pineapple probably stands out more than when we just say “cone” means that you've probably heard more about pine trees specifically than you think. With a lifespan of about 400 years on average, these straight-trunked pines have thin needles, which tend to appear in clusters of 2 to 5 on any twig. Fir trees are beautiful and can grow well in certain areas, and will mature up to 40 meters in height if successfully protected from the elements. Fir trees also produce pine cones and have leaves similar to those of pine trees, although fir needles tend to be spirally arranged on the twigs on which they live.
These needles are sharp and stiff, with four sides. Palm trees, oh, the tropical evergreen that is associated with ocean views and sunny skies. Unlike, you know, snow and wind and standing in a sea of white. Performing best in areas with slightly drier soil, such as the Arizona desert or the coasts of San Diego and Key West, palm trees provide shade, color and dimension to areas that might otherwise appear flat.
Instead of using their evergreen leaves to stand out against a cold, monochromatic environment, palm trees stand out in another way. They may not be close to the white of snow, but instead, these palm trees offer a visual distraction from the tanning of a desert environment that can have the same effect of looking boring or barren. Holly seems to combine the preferred soil environment of some of our previous highlights on the list. These evergreens thrive in moderately moist, well-drained soils.
The fruit of a holly begins with a flower, which determines that the tree is female. Yes, that's right, hollies are divided into genera depending on whether or not they can produce berries. Not only do holly offer a touch of green foliage, but adding the bright red berries to the mix could make any snowy field feel festive. On firs, they may not be associated with their own holidays, but they are quite spectacular.
Reed University Portland informs us that North America is home to only 9 out of 40 species of true fir trees that spread throughout the northern hemisphere. It's crazy to realize how many varieties of a genus (true firs or Abies) there can be. Following the needle-shaped leaves and cone production of most other evergreens, fir trees fit perfectly with their companions. The difference between pine, fir and fir is that in pines, the needles are grouped into groups of two, three or five, depending on the type of pine they are part of.
Spruce and spruce needles are individually attached to the twigs. Most of the listed trees may be located in most regions, although palm trees may be a little less versatile in that regard. An olive tree in the Tuscan Julius XXL pot by Gardenesque (opens in a new tab) Olives grow slowly, reaching up to 6.5 feet (2 m) in 8-10 years, making them perfectly suitable for smaller spaces. The silver-gray foliage remains intact throughout the year and will thrive in a container.
Silver birch trees add an elegant touch to a garden. It's hard to beat the pale beauty of a silver birch and the good news is that there are varieties suitable for smaller gardens. Betula utilis jacqumontii is a medium-sized tree with an elegant and slender shape. Will grow to approximately 23 ft x 11.5 ft (7 m x 3.5 m) in 20 years.
Hardy and suitable for all types of soil and conditions, it has green airy leaves in spring and yellowish-brown catkins, which then turn a glorious golden yellow in autumn. Once the leaves have fallen, the snow-white bark is revealed, which is an impressive feature in itself. Silver birches can be planted in the ground as “bare roots” between November and February, provided that the soil is frost-free, so add them to your list of winter gardening works. Container versions can be planted at any time.
Keep the area around you weed-free for the first few years. White bloom followed by copper-toned foliage make an amelanchier a lovely feature Try Amelanchier lamarkii 'Ballerina' as this variety won't grow taller or spread over 13-16.5 feet (4-5 m). Or, as recommended by Jeremy Hall of Squire's Garden Centers, opt for 'Snowflakes', which grows to a similar height. It is “covered with snow-white flowers in spring that are loved by bees”, then “it has bright reddish-purple berries that birds adore followed by an autumn-colored glow.
A variety like Magnolia x soulangeana has pink flowers. The neat, rounded shape means it fits into smaller spaces and will make a splash if you're looking for new ideas for the front garden. It is expected to grow to about 20 feet (6 m) tall with an extension of 13 feet (4 m) in 20 years. Try to plant a crab apple for the whole year A compact crab apple tree can brighten a small garden.
In spring, it has beautiful clouds of pretty flowers. In autumn, it produces a profusion of tiny and brightly colored fruits, in shades of scarlet, yellow, gold and red, and also has attractive coloured leaves. The height of these trees can vary greatly, so check it carefully before buying: planting a tree that is too large is one of the biggest mistakes of small garden design. The smaller ones include malus' Butterball 'and 'Wisley Cangre', which can reach a height of around 13 feet (4 m).
Malus x zumi is a nice rounded tree with golden fruits. Bold and beautiful acers add vibrant colors to a scene. If you love a tumult of autumn colors, then an acer is a must. They will introduce a touch of bright orange, red or deep pink, and once the beautiful leaves have fallen, many have ornamental bark, which makes it a charming feature.
There are many different types to choose from, but Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' is a good choice as it is a small, dense tree that grows up to 4 m tall in 20 years. Acers prefer partial shade (the sun can burn their leaves) and will grow happily in pots or on the ground. If you want to know more, our guide on how to grow acers has everything you need. A pink or white petal confetti in spring is the hallmark of cherry trees, and there are some very small varieties that fit into a compact space.
Try Prunus yedoensis for its weeping branches and romantic white almond-scented flower, which bees and butterflies love. It will reach around 3 m in height in 10 years. Another option is the 'Pink Shell' cherry, which has pastel pink flowers that turn white in April, contrasting beautifully with its light green leaves. And it won't grow beyond 3.5 m (11.5 ft).
Known for its impressive flower displays in June, the Chinese dogwood, or Cornus kousa, offers throughout the seasons, with beautiful autumn foliage and an unusual pink strawberry-shaped fruit. Not all varieties are suitable for limited space, so check it carefully before buying. For small gardens, a dwarf dogwood, such as Cornus kousa 'Angyo Dwarf', will only reach a height of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 m), but other varieties can grow up to 26 feet (8 m). These trees need full sun or partial shade, and prefer moist, free-draining, neutral to acidic soil.
With their bunches of berries in autumn, they are ideal for attracting birds. Try the Sorbus vilmorinii variety, which has foams of summer flowers, followed by pinkish berries that turn white when autumn turns to winter. It will eventually grow to 13 ft x 13 ft (4 m x 4 m). The RHS (opens in a new tab) suggests Crataegus persimilis' Prunifolia 'due to its compact growth, dark, shiny foliage, and white flowers followed by crimson berries and autumnal color.
Will grow to a height of 16.5 ft (5 m). It is “covered with red fruits in autumn, ideal for birds and squirrels”, adds Jeremy. In addition, it is evergreen, so the bright, deep green leaves will offer interest and color to your garden all year round. It grows to a maximum height of around 6.5 feet (2 m) after 20 years and can even be grown in a pot if you're looking for ideas for a patio garden.
This tree brings us back to the discussion of how evergreens impact the environment during the winter months, because it is a particularly festive tree. There are thousands of varieties of flowering trees available, including Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' pictured above, which blushes a pink pink and grows into a small tree up to 30 feet tall. Luckily, if you're looking for a tree that doesn't lose its leaves, but offers a splash of color in a potentially boring winter landscape, there are many different types of evergreen trees. Named for its hanging clusters of yellow flowers in early and mid-summer, this deciduous tree is an attractive shade tree about 30 feet tall with equal extension.
Evergreen trees maintain their foliage all year round and provide color and texture in arid and dull landscapes during certain cold months of the year, when deciduous tree leaves fall off. Keeping its needles even in the harshest climatic conditions, the large tree can be grown as a multi-stemmed spreading specimen or it can be cut into a single-stemmed tree that adopts a conical shape at maturity. A deciduous tree is a type of tree that loses its leaves annually to sprout new flowers, fruits and leaves in the spring as the weather warms up again. In the winter months, you'll want to make sure your evergreen bark stays in place, as it could indicate a deeper problem for the tree.
Often called a “dogwood” alternative in landscape circles, the Native American marginal tree (Chionanthus virginicus) blooms in late spring. If you love the shape and fragrance of lilac flowers, the lilac of the Chinese tree is the four-season tree for you. . .