Flowering Trees

5 Best Flowering Trees To Grow In Colorado

You may have plentiful trees and plants suited to your area, but others wouldn’t stick around for very long. Denver, for example, has historically been affected by droughts. Therefore, there are some trees that will not grow in certain parts of Colorado. You would need a tree that is hardy. It is best to be prepared and choose the right tree for your needs, so we put this list together for you to make things easier. Here are some of the best flowering trees that are a good fit for Colorado.

Want to plant a flowering tree in your Denver Foothills landscape? Because of our low humidity, cool evening temperatures, and warm days, many small flowering trees thrive in our red, rocky soils. Local natives are often among the best. Try one of these trees (or more) if you live near the area.
In the landscape industry, healthy trees are thought of as the “bones” of the land… anchoring it… giving it a sense of place and belonging.  And what better way to celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day (both fall in April) than with a tree that will thrive and grow as a treasured addition to your home?

Tagawa Gardens has helped me identify five trees that are perfect for the Front Range. With their assistance, I have put together a list of five trees.  In my nursery, I requested that our staff nominate some of their favorites.  All five of these trees were enthusiastically rated as high as possible.


Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree


The Chinese Blue Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) is a top-selling tree for landscapes if you are searching for a beautiful focal point. Vine Wisteria usually grows quickly. It can be found as an artfully draped vine over sturdy structures adorning castles in Europe, Napa Valley wineries, or estates featured on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.

But, here’s a secret we’ve shared with so many happy customers….

You can also enjoy the amazing, fragrant flowers of Wisteria on a cute, little accent tree. We’ve trained this amazing plant into a knock-out, single stem tree with a nice, sturdy trunk. Our expert growers work diligently to create a one-of-a-kind, original masterpiece for you. Years of cultivation have resulted in an excellent strain. A wonderful icy lavender, purple and blue flower bloom opens from the dark purple bud of Blue Chinese Wisteria, and fades to blue with age. In this way, the biggest blooms fade into the blue that people love so much as the season goes on.

WOW! It makes a one-of-a-kind impact in your landscape. Use one or more as a perfect touch for your front yard, or near your patio. In late spring and early summer – before the leaves appear – the tree explodes in long streams of sweet-smelling flowers that can range from sky blue to rich lavender. The elongated flower panicles can reach up to a foot in length.

During a draught of blossoms, the tree drips with flowers. And, because the flowers appear before the leaves emerge, the show is even more dramatic. In full bloom, this tree won’t be one you can ignore. It’s such a treat to see these beautiful shades of color in your yard.

The delicious scent, what about it? Everyone in the neighborhood will appreciate the sweetly scented flower clusters. It is the MOST AUTHENTIC Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree in existence! These are amazing tree forms of the popular Wisteria vines that grow almost anywhere in the country.

Also, we think you’ll enjoy their dark green, small leaves that turn a golden color in the fall for added interest throughout the season. Blue Chinese Wisteria trees are easy to grow, grow quickly, and can be adapted all across the country.


Autumn Blooming Cherry


It is a pure delight to see the gorgeous and fragrant cherry blossoms from our Autumn Blooming Cherry Tree (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’). That’s why you’ll love the re-blooming appeal of this fabulous variety for double the delight!

Trees are literally gifts that keep on giving. There is always something new to discover in your lawnscape as it offers four seasons of visual interest!

Flowering occurs intermittently throughout fall and winter (in warmer winter growing zones), but the real star is its blooming in spring! The masses of dark-pink buds transform into clouds of semi-double pink flowers that then cascade into a pure white flower color that is just itching for an encore.

Blooms will not only attract attention from neighbors, but local bees and butterflies will love your tree as well! In addition to providing nectar and pollen, this plant makes a great pollinator buffet!

Plant the Autumn Blooming Cherry out front to create a neighborhood floral show that will get folks talking.


White Fringe Tree


We don’t know why this gorgeous native tree isn’t more well known at Nature Hills. White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus, var. maritimus) is a knock-out ornamental in an early spring garden. Fragrant white flowers featuring exquisite, fine-textured ribbon-like petals simply cover this small tree.

Although it might look fragile, this native tree is adaptable to many different hardiness zones. This is a great, non-fussy tree. They’ll even tolerate air pollution, and so make a good urban tree.

Spring is a tough time for this tree, as it is often the last one to leaf out. Trust us, it’s worth the wait because when it does leaf out, it simultaneously covers itself with these unusual white spring blooms.

The tree gets its name from the appearance of white fringe on its branches. You might hear some other common names, such as “Grancy Graybeard” or “Man Beard” tree.

Trees of this family are actually related to Olives. Both the male and female versions of the White Fringe Tree are available. Flowers of this plant resemble olives in shape and produce fruit clusters up to an inch long. Toward the end of the summer, they will turn dark navy blue. Flowers only produce fruit drupes if they are female.

The ripening fruit is an event eagerly anticipated by local birds and wildlife. You might want to set a reminder to watch for them to develop. If you don’t, they’ll be eaten that quickly and you’ll miss the show.


Ivory Silk Lilac Tree


Would you like to stand out from your neighborhood with something different? You are probably familiar with Lilac shrubs, but here is a new twist for you. Ivory Silk Lilac Tree (Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’) grows much taller and wider than other Lilacs. It still has fragrant blooms, but in a Super-Size version.

The Ivory Silk Lilac Tree is a great way to bring your Lilac love to life while making a big impact. A foot-long panicle of flowers appears late in June on this little tree, not on the flowering shrub.

Add this small tree to your Lilac collection and extend the season of bloom well after other Lilacs have finished. Delicate, creamy white flower bunches perfume your entire garden in early summer with a fresh, sweet scent. What a treat!

You will enjoy the refreshing shade provided by the large leaves after the blooms are gone. You’ll know at a glance that this is a very special type of Lilac. Through the summer, Ivory Silk Lilac Tree will be densely covered in beautiful, dark green leaves, such a refreshing sight in the height of summer heat.

This deciduous tree offers a reddish-brown bark that makes it attractive after the leaves are gone. In the fall and winter, the bark of the trees turns a dark red, adding texture and depth to your landscape.

Northern gardeners who are on the lookout for a special accent tree should strongly consider this magnificent, fragrant Lilac Tree variety. Be prepared for compliments and questions from curious neighbors and passersby.


Blue Puffball Chaste Shrub


Suitable for busy households, this ornamental tree is easy to maintain and stylish. Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is one of only a handful of winter-hardy trees that blooms with true-blue flower spikes all summer long. You’ll love the way it attracts butterflies, or “Flying Flowers” to your yard.

No other plant can match this in terms of stunning beauty and outstanding qualities. The tree grows quickly, and you can rest assured that it’s a multitrunked tree. You don’t need any special skills or knowledge to grow this tree in your yard.

It’s easy to grow in well-drained soil. It’s drought-tolerant and disease resistant. You’ll be very pleased at the return you get on your limited investment (both of time and money!) with this tree.

A handsome and aromatic tree, Chaste Tree also goes by the name Monk Pepper. As summer heats up, your Chaste Tree will astound you with its impressive blue spikes that bloom right up until autumn.

Although it has always been admired for its blue-purple flowers, this plant was planted to impart purity in women as a medicine. The flowers of this tree were regarded by medieval Europeans as cures for excessive libido, thus the tree was called the “chaste tree.”


Ann Magnolia Shrub


I love how easy it is to grow it in the home! Ann Magnolia (Magnolia x Ann’) is one of our customer favorites, and it’s easy to see why. This Magnolia is low maintenance, perfect for the smaller yard or garden, and will fit practically any landscape.

Having Ann as part of your yard is a wise choice that deserves prominence. Make it the focal point of your backyard, protect yourself from prying eyes in your side yard or make a bold, beautiful statement in the front yard.

Use it as a dense, deciduous shrub for pretty privacy. Or, train it into a small tree to use near your patio or front door. There really is no wrong way to use this plant in today’s smaller lots.

This Magnolia blooms a few weeks later than other species, but the flowers are beautiful and fragrant. While late spring cold snaps may damage some flower buds of early spring bloomers, Ann give you an extra window of forgiveness.

You’ll be glad you waited! There are many, giant, fuchsia-colored, goblet-shaped blossoms on Ann’s plant. Every single branch tip starts off looking like a tapered tulip. The buds open into a tender white after growing 7 to 9 inches long. Against the white insides of the bloom, the deep red petals make a beautiful contrast.

Ann’s flowers develop just prior to the leaves emerging, so they are incredibly showy and eye-catching. If the weather remains cool during the bloom the flowers will last much longer. The flower display is phenomenal, so be sure to site this where you can see it from indoors.