Top 13 Flowering Trees for Small Gardens

Square footage challenged? Don’t let a small yard stop you from enjoying all the benefits of flowering trees. We’ve got 13 spectacular, right-sized specimens that flower up a storm then add plenty of interest the rest of the season from leafy goodness to fall foliage and for some, fruits or berries. Each tops out at about 25 ft. tall at maturity.

From coastal to mountain to desert, zones low to high, where there’s plenty of rain or still feeling the drought, we’ve got a tree for you. And, these are just the tip. See more below and also search our entire inventory for the tree that’s just right for your yard.

If you have questions or need more options, please use the comments section below.

Golden Chain Tree

Long, drooping clusters of fragrant, yellow, spring flowers. Lovely alone or several in a small grove. Up to 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Partial to full sun. Deciduous. Zone: 6 – 8


Pagoda Dogwood
Zone: 4 – 8

Elegant tiered effect when covered with tiny, white, fragrant spring flowers and dark green summer foliage. Partial to partial sun. 20 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous.


Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum
Zone: 4 – 9

Spring flowers and lovely purple beech-like foliage. Right at home in all kinds of landscapes from modern to cottage. Full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous.


Royal Star Magnolia
Zone: 4 – 9

Charming spring time thriller with large, fragrant, double, white blooms. Use where late freezes can occur. Full sun. Up to 15 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Deciduous.


Japanese Snowbell
Zone: 5 – 8

Lovely, fragrant white flowers hang from horizontal side branches. Splendid for patio or near a pathway. Partial to full sun. Slow, up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous.


Mexican Redbud
Zone: 5 – 9

Adapted for the desert southwest. Rose-violet spring blooms and exceptionally showy autumn foliage. Partial to full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous.

Reddish purple leaves and pale pink blossoms of a Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Tree - Prunus x cistena

Dwarf Red-Leaf Sand Cherry
Zone: 2 – 8

Spring flowers, purple-foliage, even fruit. Has it all! Use in tight spaces such as shallow front yards or courtyards. Full sun. Up to 10 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Deciduous.


Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Zone: 5 – 8

Bright-pink double flowers are borne in clusters in late winter to spring. Great for seaside gardens. Up to 25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide. Full sun. Deciduous.


White Himalayan Champaca
Zone: 10 – 11

Legendary fragrance from early spring white blooms. Plant as a specimen or use several as a screen. Up to 25 ft. tall and wide. Full sun. Zone: 10 – 11. Evergreen.


Angel Red® Pomegranate
Zone: 7 – 11

Orange-red blooms and vivid red fruit that ripens late summer to fall. Excellent fruiter in very hot gardens with difficult soils. Up to 10 ft. tall and wide. Full sun. Deciduous.


Burgundy Desert Willow
Zone: 7 – 9

Fragrant pink flowers draw hummingbirds into the garden. Lovely addition to waterwise landscape. Up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Full sun. Deciduous.


Bonsai Blue Jacaranda
Zone: 9 – 11

Truly dwarf with showy, large, deep purple tubular spring flowers. Ideal for today’s smaller gardens. Up to 12 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Full sun. Semi-evergreen.


Prairifire Crabapple
Zone: 4 – 8

Cold hardy buds open in early spring to rose-red blossoms that mature to purple-red fall fruits. Perfect for a front yard. Full sun. Up to 20 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous.

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