Trees with white flowers are found in a whole array of varieties, and you can quite easily grow them in your home garden. You will find everything you are searching for in this article.

Trees With White Flowers

What are the different options for white flowering trees, and what are the ideal conditions required to make them thrive? Continue reading to find answers to these questions and much more.

Eye-catching White Flowering Trees Choices

1. Star Magnolia

Growing season
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Pussywillow-like buds
  • Lightly fragrant flowers
  • Fruits with beautiful orange seeds
Specific needs
  • Infrequent watering
  • Resistant to mild drought conditions
  • Full or partial sunlight
Common pests
  • Magnolia scale
  • Gray mold

This slow-growing flowering tree is native to Asia. The name is derived from the star shape of its white flowers. The magnolia tree erupts in a dense display of fragrant white blossoms that look like a supernova in the spring garden. The flowers have many strap-like petals and range in size from 3 to 5 inches. 

Star Magnolia Tree

This deciduous plant can be pruned into a small multi-stemmed tree or cultivated as a huge shrub. It eventually grows to a height of 15-20 feet, with a mature crown that spreads to around 10-15 feet. The habit of young plants is more erect and conical.

It has a structure that is more branching and twiggy than saucer magnolias, which adds interest in the winter, as well as appealing silvery smooth gray bark on the main trunk and shining chestnut brown bark on the young branches.

The plant later in the season yields tasty fruit and seeds. A two to three-inch long, bright pink, knobby capsule containing the big seeds grows on the branches. While many of the fruits fall off the tree before they are fully formed, those that do burst open in the early fall to expose vivid orange seeds.

2. American Fringe Tree

Growing season
  • Spring
  • Early summer
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Oval leaves
  • Thin-petaled white blossoms
Specific needs
  • Full sun or light shade
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Common pests
  • Spider mites
  • Powdery mildew

This tree is a native of eastern North America and is well known by its scientific name, Chionanthus virginicus. It reaches 12 to 20 feet tall, is spherical, and frequently has several trunks. It is named because of its resemblance of its fleecy white, delicately scented blooms that hang from the branches to the clouds.

American Fringe Tree

Four long, narrow petals make up each bloom, grouped at the ends of the stems in drooping clusters ranging from 4 to 8 inches. Fill the hole with the soil you removed after you’ve planted the tree without any additions or improvements.

When the hole is half full with soil, water it thoroughly; when it is full, water it again, tamping down any air pockets as you go. The tree cannot endure a protracted drought. Water before the soil at root depth has a chance to dry up around the roots. If your soil isn’t naturally moderate to high in fertility, fertilize it once a year with about an inch of compost or use a complete and balanced fertilizer as directed on the label.

3. Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree

Growing season
  • Fall 
  • Early spring
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Flowers grow in clusters
  • The flowers are soft-textured, dazzling and white 
Specific needs
  • Needs direct sunlight 
  • Plant in acidic soil
  • Is drought-resistant
Common pests
  • Spider mites
  • Powdery mildew

Crape myrtles, native to China, are also known by their scientific name Lagerstroemia indica. They are famous for their year-round flowering appeal. It is a small tree that blooms in white, but it’s not all about the flowers! Additionally, it has glossy green foliage and very attractive bark.

Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree

It features dense flower clusters of soft-textured, dazzling white flowers that draw bees and butterflies. It can reach a height of 30 feet, but 20 feet is the average. Most myrtle trees bloom from July to September, though some continue to bloom well after the first frost. Do not overwater these plants, as it may cause root rot.

This exquisitely formed tree is covered for months in enormous, traditional white flower clusters. The display continues even when the blossoming fades! Autumn transforms the luscious, green leaves into an extremely magnificent display of fiery orange-red. 

The smooth cinnamon bark is delightful to peel off in the summer to reveal a new layer of beige bark. This tree now has a gorgeous new appearance that gives it even more flair and style!

4. Spring Snow Crabapple

Growing season
  • Spring
  • Fall
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Flowers are clustered 
  • Soft-textured, dazzling white flowers
Specific needs
  • Needs full light
  • Plant in well-draining soil
  • Tolerant of hot summers and brief droughts
Common pests
  • Aphids
  • Mites 
  • Japanese beetles

 

The crabapple tree, native to North America and Asia, is perfect for those who prefer a clean environment. This tree has a neat, traditional upright oval form and is a beautiful species all year long. The white blooms not only have a vibrant spring color but also have a pleasant scent.

Spring Snow Crabapple Tree

The crabapple is a beautiful holiday item and an attractive component in winter. The tree’s upright branches and snow-covered bark will enhance your Christmas decorations. To remain healthy throughout the seasons, these trees need to be planted at the proper depth.

When the tree is inactive in late winter, pruning should be finished. Only prune when necessary to eliminate broken branches. When there is insufficient rainfall, these crabapples require additional water for optimal performance.

5. Bridal Wreath Spirea

Growing season
  • Spring
  • Flowering season begins in April and May
Distinguishing characteristics
  • White flowers
  • Oval leaves
Specific needs
  • Keep in damp, well-drained soil 
  • Requires full sun
  • Withstand mild shade and brief periods of drought
Common pests
  • Leaf spot, fire blight and powdery mildew
  • Aphids and scale
  • Leaf roller

 

The spirea tree is native to China, Japan, and Korea and is known for the thick sprays of white flowers that appear to be a focal point in a landscape garden. This deciduous shrub features clusters of tiny white flowers that bloom down the arching stems that haven’t yet sprouted leaves, creating a cascading waterfall of white. The stunning white flowers are followed by 1 to 3-inch-long oval leaves, which turn a lovely shade of yellow-orange or purplish brown in the fall.

Bridal Wreath Spirea Shrub

This plant is ideal to meet your ornamental needs and it flows like a fountain and has a spreading habit. Clusters of its snow-white blossoms hang from its branches. It is a drought-resistant plant that deer don’t often disturb and it grows quickly and is simple to maintain. Butterflies will swarm to your yard because of their blossoms.

Like other shrubs, it should be planted at the similar depth it was growing in its nursery container in a neatly dug hole. When planting in a row or mass, leave at least 3 feet between each plant; for a looser mass, leave 4 to 6 feet between each plant.

6. Cornus Kousa

Growing season
  • Spring
  • Dormant season is late fall
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Long-lasting flowers
  • Attractive fruit
  • Eye-catching fall color
Specific needs
  • Damp, well-drained soil 
  • Full sun
Common pests
  • Aphids
  • Scales 

 

This Asian native, commonly known as kousa dogwood, is a cousin to the flowering dogwood species, which includes white dogwood. 

Cornus Kousa Dogwood Tree

The tree is beautiful, small to medium-sized, and grows to a mature height of 30 feet. It features a variety of appearances depending on its age. Young trees develop in an erect and conical manner. In their early years, they resemble vases. A Kousa matures by growing wider-spreading, more rounded, and more horizontally branching.

The leaves have full borders, are opposite, and are simple, oval shapes. 2. 5 to 4 inches in length and 2 to 2.5 inches in width. The dark green leaf surface is glossy. At the base of the petiole, the underside of the leaf, which is paler, has tufts of golden brown hairs. The autumn foliage is scarlet to reddish-purple in color. 

Green leaves on Cornus kousa, sometimes known as “Greensleeves,” are pointed at the ends and glossy with a gentle wave. The leaf’s venation is visible against the glossy green leaf because the top of the venation is yellowish-green. The venation is conspicuous and pale green, protruding out somewhat from the underside of the leaf and being a lighter shade of green than the top.

7. Black Chokeberry

Growing season
  • Spring 
  • Fall
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Five white petals with numerous pink stamens
  • Multi-stemmed
Specific needs
  • Both damp and dry environments
  • Alkaline well-drained soil
  • Full sun
Common pests
  • Apple maggot
  • Fall webworm
  • Aphids

 

This adaptable shrub, also known as Aronia melanocarpa, is native to Minnesota. Although the fruit is too astringent to consume fresh, chokeberry can also be grown as an edible fruit crop.

Black Chokeberry Shrub

It boasts eye-catching white flower clusters in the spring. The Chokeberries are renowned for their exceptional fall foliage colors, which include shades of yellow, orange, vivid crimson, and deep scarlet. The leaves turn from green to vibrant shades of crimson, orange, and purple in the autumn.

For Black Chokeberry, the summertime blossoms produce clusters of tiny, immature green fruits that ripen into lustrous black fruits in the fall. These fruits are more evident in group plantings and may persist into the winter if not eaten by animals and birds sooner.

8. Pyrus Calleryana

Growing season
  • Autumn
  • Early winter
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Tear- drop shaped showy white flowers
  • Bright colored leaves
  • Life up to 250 years
Specific needs
  • Loamy soils with full sun, moisture, and good drainage
  • Tolerates drought, tolerates urban environments, and transplants easily
  • Occasional pruning
Common pests
  • Leaf spot and leaf blight
  • Fire blight and powdery mildew
  • Aphids, leaf roller, and scale

 

It is a species of pear tree native to China and is also called the Callery pear. The Pyrus tree is commonly known for its cultivar Bradford pear.

Pyrus Calleryana Pear Tree

This delicious plant is a dense, broadleaf, ornamental tree reaching up to 50 feet. It is a typical landscape plant, especially in the spring when the tree is covered with white blossoms.

It is commonly utilized due to its quick growth rate and resistance to various metropolitan environments, such as heat, air pollution, and drought.

Birds like the thrush and blackbird devour the fruit of pear trees, and bees frequently eat the blooms. The foliage where caterpillars reside is a wonderful habitat since it offers them protection and food as they develop into moths and butterflies. Because pear trees may live up to 250 years, the ancient Chinese thought the pear represented immortality.

9. Natal Plum

Growing season
  • Early fall
  • Dormant season is winter
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Small, leathery, oval dark green leaves
  • White-star shaped flowers
Specific needs
  • Full sun or light shade 
  • Organic soil
  • Minor trimming
Common pests
  • Are usually problem-free
  • Diseases include bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Aphids

 

This perennial shrub, also known as carissa macrocarpa, produces white flowers and small plum-red fruit. The distinctive five-petalled white flowers are present throughout most of the growing season – they are dormant in winter.

White Natal Plum Flower

Carissa is a low-maintenance prickly perennial shrub with spectacular edible red fruits, fragrant white flowers, and dense, leathery green leaves. It is simple to cultivate and can be trimmed or fenced to suit the surroundings.

The natal plum has small, oval, dark green, leathery leaves with sharp, bifurcate (forked) spines. The plant is covered in two-inch broad, white, star-shaped flowers in the spring. The fragrant flowers have overlapping petals and grow independently. Throughout the year, bright red fruits that are about two inches long begin to ripen. They are plum-shaped berries that are sometimes used in jams and jellies.

Conclusion

White flowering trees give an exotic look, especially if they are grown in a home garden. Not only do they provide shade due to their dense, broad, and tall appearance, but some also offer edible fruits. Here’s what you need to remember when planting some of these trees:

  • Most white flower trees bloom at their best in the spring and fall.
  • If you are looking for dense and broad trees, the options include Pyrus, Cornus, and Spireas.
  • Tree with white flowers that exude an unpleasant odor includes a pear tree.

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