Flowering Trees

6 Best Flowering Trees To Grow In Minnesota

Early blooming trees are a sure and welcome sign that the growth season has indeed finally begun for Minnesotans after a long winter.

It is true that not just early blooming trees bring visual appeal and a pleasant fragrance to the yard, but any type of flowering tree can provide a tranquil atmosphere.

There is also a significant increase in value when the trees are in bloom. If you are interested in planting a flowering tree in Minnesota, there are several options for you.

Small trees will fit into almost any landscape and their vibrant spring blooms will add to the beauty of any garden. If they are placed near power lines and any other utility lines, they usually do not need to be pruned.

Agricultural Experiment Station developed these varieties of trees that are ideal for use in Minnesota urban landscapes, and they were developed for use by farmers.


Festival Sweetgum


This beautiful shade tree presents a glorious display of fall colors, and the name says it all. One of the tallest and narrowest Liquidambar varieties in the world, Festival (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Festival) is deemed to be a top selection. It is therefore ideal for lining a driveway, as well as for providing shade from the hot afternoon sun in the side yard of a small backyard.

There are interesting ridges along the bark of this tree throughout, and its trunk has a perfectly straight shape. Nevertheless, it is the spectacular early autumn color which makes it one of the top attractions of the region.

As the leaves of this Festival Liquidambar turn from their beautiful glossy shape into a mixture of orange, red, yellow, and purple in autumn, it is a lovely sight. There is a gradual progression of fall color, so there is an ever-changing display of fall color that lasts well over a month.

Especially in milder climates like the tropics or Europe, where the traditional fall color displays are not as prolific, this fall color is highly appreciated. Apparently, this beautiful improved variety has been bred for hot weather gardens, but make sure you prepare for it in advance! Then you’ll have to host a Block Party for them every year to celebrate its beautiful autumn leaves.


Burgundy Sweetgum


Burgundy Liquidambar (Liquidambar styraciflus ‘Burgundy’) features great fall color that persists well into winter. The star-shaped leaves and deeply textured trunk of this tree make it an intriguing addition to any yard. In the fall, the leaves turn heads.

If you want a tree with incredible fall color, you may also want one that produces “knock your socks off” leaves. I guess this is it!

In the daytime sunlight, the color appears to shimmer with burgundy tones that range from deep red to glistening burgundy hues. Despite living in a hot climate, the display will last over a month.

The modern variety is great when there is a limited amount of space. Columnar trees grow tall, but they do not spread too much. A Burgundy’s canopy consists of dense columns of bright summer green foliage. 

Ornamental trees like this one fit perfectly within side yards and landscapes. A minimum of 10 feet should be left between the patio and a sidewalk or walkway. They’re perfect for blocking hot afternoon sun, accentuating property lines, and creating a pleasant shady outdoor seat arrangement. You can use it to line a driveway or screen out unwanted views. A Burgundy is a very formal-looking tree because of its beautiful balance structure.

Imperial Honey locust

This modern cultivar does not have surface roots or thorns. The lawn will be able to flourish beneath the flowers, which will have fern-like leaves, allowing it to produce tiny, fragrant spring flowers.

After a few seasons, this hardy plant can withstand drought conditions and wind damage. You can plant it in newly constructed sites with compacted soil.

Reduce the cooling costs of your property by installing one at the southwest corner. If you have a larger space, consider creating several informal parks to take full advantage of your property’s hills and dips.

Other trees also get along well with them. You could also include a mix of smaller flowering trees and evergreens with your Imperial Honey locust for an exceptional display that requires very little maintenance.

Even the golden-yellow fall foliage of the Imperial Honey locust brightens up the beginning of the season as it ends. Clean-up is a snap after these little compound leaflets, too!

A well-drained soil and full sun are ideal for this native tree. If your tree is young, prune it to shape it in the winter.

Take advantage of these amazing shade trees. You can increase the value of your property with Imperial Honey locust!


Coral Bark Japanese Maple


A Japanese maple with coral bark (Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’) makes a stunning addition to any landscape. Stepping into your yard will make you happy every time.

Japanese maple trees are loved by everyone, right? There are so many beautiful ornamental features on this variety. In spite of its small size, Coral Bark Japanese Maple boasts stunning displays and is filled with character.

A glance at the Maple’s bark makes it clear why it is named Coral Bark. Red bark of this tree is widely admired. Reds intensify as the temperatures plummet for the winter months.

On the young, thinner branches, the winter bark has a coral, electric color. There’s a good chance it’ll blow your socks off!

A tree’s bright red bark is in fact derived from a bright red sap running inside the trunk. Spring and summer are also when the sap is displayed on elegant foliage.

The leaves of this plant are dissected into seven sections by deep palmate lobes. The color almost shines against the red bark, as you might imagine. This sap exhibits a reddish edge in spring and summer.

Hot Cocoa Tree Rose

Perhaps red is the color of this rose. In some ways, it might appear like a burnt orange, a rich brown or even some shade of burnt orange. Hot Cocoa Rose Trees are legendary, and this one is no exception. It has blooms from late spring until fall, but it is grafted on a standard so it is a petite yet brilliant tree!

You won’t believe how magnificent the foliage underneath the mesmerizing flowers is if you are able to tear your gaze away. Every bloom is framed by dark, glossy leaves as if it were a treasured artwork displayed in a museum!

With this rose tree you can create a garden centerpiece that will simply blow you away. They are also beautiful in containers and would brighten up a patio or frame your doorway. One thing is certain, you will want to display this somewhere everyone can stand and enjoy it for as long as they wish.

The Hot Cocoa Rose Tree should also be placed somewhere you can see it so that you can enjoy your fluttering friends when they stop by. Honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will enjoy the roses’ sweet nectar.


Akebono Flowering Cherry


Acknowledged as the largest cherry tree, Akebono blooms each spring before new leaves appear, giving it its well-known reputation. With its masses of large, soft pink, semi-double flowers, there is no reason for you to worry about the branches showing!

When the lightly scented flowers have finished blooming their course, the lush, deep green leaves will start sprouting and the beautiful flowering masterpiece will transform into a lovely shade tree for the rest of the season. Fall is a time for leaves to put on a show as they turn a golden yellow with a hint of orange color, changing the color of the leaves as summer fades to fall.

It begins with a stem more upright when young but quickly evolves into a cherry tree that has a rounded crown topped with dense foliage and a striking, asymmetrical form.

In larger landscapes as a mass planting, Sakebono Flowering Cherry often adds a splash of color to early spring landscapes, but it can also be planted individually in smaller urban areas that require a splash of color. Regardless of the type of tree, the location of this tree needs to be somewhere where it is admired.