These Pink Flowering Trees Will Completely Transform Your Garden

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Maximalist gardens are in, and there’s nothing more stunning and over-the-top than the lush blooms of pink flowering trees! Flowering trees are the perfect accent for all your spring flowers such as tulips and flowering bulbs and there are varieties for every type (and size) of garden.

When shopping for flowering trees, make sure you choose one that will survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). Then give it plenty of room to grow! Read the plant tag or description to find its mature size, and consider that when planting. It may not look like much in its gallon-sized pot right now, but you don’t want to create a maintenance nightmare a few years down the road.

To give your new tree a good start in life, dig a hole about two to three times the size of the width of the container. Then place it in the hole at the same depth it was in the pot. If it was a balled-and-burlapped tree, remove the burlap and string or wire (no, the burlap won’t biodegrade quickly enough for your growing tree’s roots to stretch out!). Then place your tree in the hole, backfill soil, tamp down to remove air pockets and water well. Keep it watered well the first season so it establishes a strong root system.

Finally, don’t add compost or other amendments to the hole itself; that’s old-school and is no longer recommended because it causes drainage issue. Your baby tree needs to learn to grow in the native soil!

Ahead, our top picks for the prettiest pink flowering trees:


One of the first trees to bloom in the spring, the tiny hot pink blooms of redbud appear before the foliage. It’s nicely sized to fit many gardens, with most varieties topping out around 15 to 25 feet.

USDA Hardiness zones: 4 to 9

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There are many different types of magnolias, so you can grow one just about anywhere in the U.S.. Southern magnolias are the classics, growing in warm regions. But you’ll also find saucer magnolias and star magnolias, which grow in colder parts of the country. Read the description so you buy one that's suited for your climate.

USDA Hardiness zones: 3 to 10

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Weeping Cherry

Elegant arching branches and stunning pink blooms in early to mid-spring make this a must-have tree. Many varieties also boast pretty orange, gold or red fall color.

USDA Hardiness zones: 4 to 8

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Camellias have a classic, old-fashioned beauty with glossy green leaves and large, lush blooms. There are numerous cultivated varieties of this broadleaf evergreen that bloom from late fall to early spring. Many types range from pale pink to deepest red.

USDA Hardiness zones: 7 to 9

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This large shrub, which maxes out at four to five feet tall and wide, is an excellent alternative if you really don’t have room for a full-grown tree. It has the most gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers that pollinators such as hummingbirds love. Some types are reblooming throughout the season.
USDA Hardiness zones: 4 to 8

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Pink Dogwood

The blooms of this classic tree appear in mid to late spring with large flowers that become showy red fruits the birds love. Most varieties remain in the 15 to 25 foot range at maturity.

USDA Hardiness zones: 5 to 9

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The branches of crabapple trees are covered in lush, pink blooms in mid to late spring. Some varieties also have burgundy foliage. Birds love the berries!

USDA Hardiness zones: 4 to 8

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Crape Myrtle

There are many different varieties of crape myrtle trees, but the most eye-catching blooms are pale pink, fuchsia, and red! They are super-bloomers, offering beautiful ruffly flowers all summer long. Some varieties only reach 10 feet tall, so they’ll work in smaller landscapes.

USDA Hardiness zones: 7 to 10

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Oakleaf Hydrangea

This is another large shrub that reaches about 5 feet tall, so it works when you don’t necessarily have room for a tree. Its stunning flowers go from white to blush to deep red, and the papery blooms remain from mid summer through winter, providing interest to your otherwise faded garden. It’s the only type of hydrangea that also offers brilliant fall foliage.

USDA Hardiness zones: 5 to 9

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This is a handsome broadleaf evergreen that has large, beautiful flowers in mid-spring. Some varieties become quite large, so they also provide screening and privacy, as well as color.

USDA Hardiness zones: 4 to 9

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Pink Japanese Snowbell

This lesser-known flowering tree has blush pink bell-shaped blooms that cover the tree in late spring to early summer. With its lovely weeping form and candy cotton-scented flowers, it’s a true showstopper!

USDA Hardiness zones: 5 to 8

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