Flowering Trees

Best 5 Flowering Trees To Grow In Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an abundant supply of native and nonnative flowering trees. If you’re looking to expand your garden and plant unique, breathtaking flowering trees in your home garden, you’ll be happy to discover they’re in abundance in the Badger State. Check out Wisconsin’s stunning flowering trees and learn all about them! 

Among all the states of the United States, Wisconsin is arguably blessed with one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes. Whether it’s the lush valleys and mountains in the Drift less area, the towering pine trees in the Northwoods, or the gorgeous rolling countryside throughout the state, Wisconsin is undoubtedly an indisputable beauty.

Besides its continental climate, the state also enjoys an enjoyable warm climate during the summer months and a somewhat cold climate during the winter, particularly in the northern highlands and upper northeastern areas. 

It is also worth pointing out that Wisconsin has a large variety of gorgeous trees. It is a place of cherished native plants, including the White Oak, the American Elm, the Silver Maple, etc. Besides growing numerous flowering trees of various sizes, it also grows numerous flowering shrubs that can be incorporated seamlessly into any landscape. There are a lot of native trees and shrubs in Wisconsin that have a variety of beautiful blooms, which are available in many colors, including violet, white, yellow, pink, and more. 

Yellowwood is one of the most popular flowering trees in the state, along with Pagoda Dogwood, Japanese Stewartias, and American Smoke Trees. These trees look magnificent and mesmerizing when decorated with splendid foliage in beautiful hues such as red, burgundy, orange, yellow, and purple. These colors are perfect for the fall foliage. If you want to enjoy the magnificent beauty of flowering trees and shrubs in your rock gardens, front lawns, and backyards, you may choose to plant them in these areas.


Moonglow Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree


Early summer is the time to experience one of our favorite experiences from early summer — the clean, fresh scent of Sweet Bay Magnolias. Among the best cultivars of this beloved tree is one that Nature Hills is proud to offer you. A variety of Magnolia virginiana ‘Jim Wilson’ (Moonglow® Sweet Bay Magnolia) that stays narrow and compact throughout its growing season.

There is no doubt that it will fit well in even the smallest of gardens. The graceful Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia has a smooth, attractive bark all year long, as well as well-balanced branches and a balanced form.

When you watch for them to start unfolding from late spring through summer, you’ll see the prominent flower buds can be seen. It’s lovely, creamy flowers open up into a generous arrangement and offer a hint of lemon scent.

The fragrant flowers of a Moonglow Sweet Bay Magnolia can perfume your yard for weeks in a good year. They open later, after all chances of frost have passed. Consider using them to create arrangements of cut flowers, or plan an annual family photo beneath the Sweet Bay.

Enjoy the flowers throughout early summer. These landscape design elements are infused with a fresh, citrusy scent that instantly brightens your mood.

Flowers attract butterflies as well. Your garden will come alive with their airy, vivid motion, and they’ll come calling for nectar.

Cut flower arrangements can be made using these flowers. You can also stand a few blooms in water or cut some of the branches to put in a tall vase.


Royalty Crabapple


A beautiful tree with edible fruit, the Royalty Crabapple has brilliant color. Think about how impressive this specimen would be as a shade or street tree in your yard. This tree is among the best ornamental flowering trees due to its beautiful blooms, awesome color, and year-round interest!

Crabapple trees (Malus ‘Royalty’) make outstanding small trees for their color. There is nothing more beautiful than owning one of these trees. You can see the magnificence of nature just by looking at the leaves. You won’t be able to imagine how much purple your tree will be clothed in as soon as spring blossoms arrive!

Among the spring foliage you will find deep pink flowers with a lovely fragrance that you will want to savor. This combination of purple and red foliage enhances your spring plantings with their almost red flowers.

You will see a canopy of reddish-purple foliage during the summer that will change to green, followed by orange-red fall colors. Throughout fall, small dark red gems will ripen into dangling gems that provide a food source for your wildlife! Winter fruit is an added season of interest during the winter months.

Bradford Flowering Pear

This Bradford Flowering Pear tree, Pyrus calleryana, ‘Bradford’, has been extremely popular, it is actively growing, and is a medium size, shade tree that produces outstanding clusters of white flowers in spring, and its highly attractive foliage happens during the fall season.

There is no edible fruit produced by the Bradford pear and the tree makes a beautiful addition to any garden. Bradford plants grow very rapidly and this is one of the great advantages of this plant!

This tree can be planted in most types of soils, even in the wettest areas. In addition to being pest- and pollution-resistant, they also tolerate drought conditions well. Full sun is the best environment for growing these flowering trees.

Known as one of the best lawn trees and shade trees, Bradford Flowering Pear forms a pyramid shape when it is young, and develops a broad canopy as it grows.


Blue Diddley Chaste Tree


Among the many winter-hardy trees, Vitex trees (Chaste Trees) are highly prized because their flowers bloom all summer long despite their cold hardiness. These beauties are unfortunately not right for everyone’s landscape. However, we are delighted to now offer Blue Diddley® Chaste Trees, Blue Diddley® Vitex Agnus-castus ‘SMVACBD’ USPP 26614, for you. Although it is a dwarf version, it still has the same beautiful blue flowers you are used to seeing on the tree.

The plant has such exceptional qualities that it is difficult to find a more beautiful plant. The Blue Diddley is a wonderful plant, whether it is in bloom or not. It can be used as an individual or in a mass planting. This is a truly amazing hedge that helps to create a stunning effect along a property line along a driveway.

In the Spring, the foliage of this handsome and aromatic plant has a silvery sheen to it which is a very impressive feature. It is not surprising that Blue Diddley blossoms throughout the summer as it has an impressive display of blue spikes that bloom until autumn. Blue Diddley will die back to the ground in zone 5-6 during the winter months, but will quickly grow and flower like a Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) in the spring.

Winter King Hawthorn

Winter King Hawthorns are small ornamental trees that look particularly interesting during the winter. A tree like this works well in small spaces where an ornamental tree is desired but there isn’t much space.

Its winter features make your Hawthorn stand out.

Silver-grey bark tends to peel, revealing a peach-copper colour within. The best time to see this is after the dark green leaves have transformed into their golden reds in autumn.

You can add more color to your Hawthorn by bending the younger branches into a lighter shade of green.

In autumn, you can also see the bright red half-inch berries. Winter brings berries that remain on your trees, providing wildlife with a treat.

Having leaves that are two inches wide and serrated on the edges aids in the dense growth pattern of your tree, adding added beauty to the canopy.

There will be clusters of white flowers measuring three-quarters of an inch that will glow in your spring yard, with their sweet fragrance.

In spite of its small stature, Winter King Hawthorn offers year-round interest despite its hardiness.

Winter is when it shines the most, however. Winter hawthorns have the appearance of silvery-gray trees adorned with red berries in your yard.


Tinkerbelle Lilac Tree


Tinkerbelle Lilacs are small shrubs that have been shaped into trees, best known for their compact form and large pink blossoms.  When the plants are in bloom in spring, plant one by your front door or next to a patio to create an eye-catching display.

If you’ve ever admired a friend’s enormous Lilac bush, but were hesitant to grow one of your own due to a lack of space or because of its less-than-refined nature, Tinkerbelle Lilac is the plant for you. 

You have chosen a dwarf-sized Tinkerbelle Lilac from the Fairytale® Series.  This tree fits well in a small space and produces abundant blooms while also making neighbors ask: “what is that? “” 

With wonderful, deep-red flower buds, your Tinkerbelle Lilac begins its spring show.  You’ll notice the fragrant, single blooms quickly after they open. 

As an elegant, diminutive tree in your landscape, Tinkerbelle is unlike the more common Lilac.