41 Types of Trees With White Flowers For Your Home or Garden

Looking for some trees with white flowers to plant in your yard or garden space? Getting the right balance of color is an important part of any garden layout. In this article, hobby gardener Jason Wilson examines over 40 different types of trees with white flowers that will brighten up your garden or yard.

Trees With White Flowers


If you are looking to add some trees to your garden or home landscape, picking a flowering tree can be a great addition. While, bright flowers on trees can make something stand out, white flowering trees can really compliment just about any garden design or home landscaping style. Trees with white flowers look elegant and can add a sense of peace and serenity to your property.

Moreover, light reflects off of the color white, which each of these trees to stay cooler in the summer. They also balance out other garden colors quite well, so most of these trees are safe to plant with a variety of other colored plants in your garden.

There are many types of white flowering trees, most of which are deciduous, to choose from. They also come in different shapes, sizes, and shades of white. The following list will cover in more detail 41 trees with white flowers that will make your garden project a successful journey!

Acoma Crape Myrtle Tree

Acoma Crape Myrtle Tree
This tree can tolerate different soil conditions and loves to be in full sun.
Scientific name: Lagerstroemia indica

This deciduous semi-dwarf tree grows low to the ground, about 8 to 10 feet tall, which makes it a perfect specimen tree that can thrive well in planters or small gardens. It does not require a lot of water to survive. This disease-resistant tree produces so many flowers that it weeps over.

The Acoma Crape Myrtle requires a lot of sunlight and warmer climates to flourish. Growing zones five through 11 can provide those conditions. Any type of soil will support this tree. You get to enjoy 90 days of foliage when the creamy-white crinkled flowers begin to bloom in the summer.

When autumn comes, the leaves turn many colors. It is worth noting that the bark on this deciduous tree peels, which makes it appealing to various critters.

Amerian Elderberry

Elderberry Tree
This shrub has a fresh lemon scent that will attract bees and butterflies to your yard.
Scientific name: Sambucus canadensis

The American Elderberry is more of a shrub that can grow 12 feet tall and six feet wide when it matures. The best time to plant one is at the beginning of spring.

Once mature, it produces clusters of flowers around June to July. The fresh lemon scent from the flowers attracts pollinators, such as butterflies and bees. Small dark purple or black-colored berries peak around August to September and are safe to eat after cooking them. 

The Elderberry originates in eastern North America, mainly in wet climates and marshlands that drain well. It needs full sunlight and partial shade. This suckering plant needs ample room for the branches with green leaves to spread out as it grows. Consequently, it will need frequent pruning. Its USDA growing zones are three to nine. They make great trees for moderate climates like those of California.

American Fringe

American Fringe
This tree can tolerate poor air quality which is perfect for a city garden.
Scientific name: Chionanthus virginicus

The American Fringe is great to plant anywhere. What makes this tree perfect for landscaping is the creamy-white fringe-like flowers in May to June, blue-colored berries, and green 8-inch long spear-shaped leaves, which turn yellow in the fall.

The tree grows 12 to 20 feet tall and wide in fertile, moist soil. It is not ready to prune until after it flowers. The American fringe thrives well in city gardens and can tolerate poor air quality, and it prefers partial to full sunlight for healthy growth. 

Bigleaf Magnolia

Bigleaf Magnolia
The flowers alone on these trees can reach width of eight to twelve inches.
Scientific name: Magnolia Macrophylla

The Bigleaf Magnolia has the largest leaf of any native tree in North America. The oval-shaped leaves can get up to 30 inches long. The tree can grow between 30 to 40 feet tall and is indigenous to the southeastern region of the U.S., zones five through eight. Magnolia trees are often seen in states like Tennessee, and Florida, due to their moist climates.

Because of the size of its leaves, this Magnolia is not a landscaping tree. Its flowers alone can reach a width of eight to 12 inches. The bowl-shaped petals of the flowers are white with a purple tint, and start blooming late spring to early summer. Some varieties of Magnolia trees can grow lavender colored flowers when in bloom.

It may take up to 12 years before you see flowers bloom. Large red, spiky fruit grows. Full sunlight and partial shade help this Magnolia grow at its best.

The Magnolia species is vulnerable to mildew, which has the appearance of white powder on the leaves. The wind can blow around fungi spores onto other trees. The mildew can rob the plant of its nutrients in advanced stages. Keeping leaves moist will help reduce the spread of the disease by the wind.

Black Chokeberry

Black Chokeberry
This beautiful flowering shrub prefers wet climates with lots of sun.
Scientific name: Aronia melanocarpa

This small shrub is a suckering plant that flourishes well in group plantings. A native of eastern North America, it relies on acidic soil that drains well but stays moist. The Black Chokeberry tree can stretch to a maximum of six feet in both height and width and produce beautiful flowers in clusters during the spring (May).

The berries that grow on this shrub are bitter and edible raw only to animals and birds, but they can be part of a recipe for jams, juices, and other combinations. The leaves turn orange, red, and sometimes purple during the autumn months.

The Chokeberry needs hours of sunlight and partial shade to grow well. It prefers wet climates, such as those in growing zones three to eight.

Bradford Flowering Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree
The fruit from this tree will attract different types of birds to your garden.
Scientific name: Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’

One tree with white flowers ideal for front and back lawns is the Bradford Flowering pear tree due to its shade. This illness-resistant tree can reach 30 feet high and 20 feet wide by the time it finishes growing.

The only fruit this tree produces is hard fruit for the birds to eat. The tree gets its name from its pear shape. The early spring brings flowers before the leaves, which turn yellowish to reddish-purple when temperatures drop. This tree tolerates all types of soil and grows best in growing zones five through 10.

Bridal Wreath Spirea

This shrub needs lots of sun and can reach a height of eight feet tall.
Scientific name: Spiraea prunifolia

This shrub makes an attractive border plant that resembles a rose bush with the clustering of small flowers and spiny stems. Those flowers spread down the one to three-inch-long ovate leaves in the spring.

The yellow, orange, and gold leaves add color to your yard in the fall. The Bridal Wreath Spirea needs several hours of sunlight for survival. It can grow up to eight feet tall. It needs moderately moist, well-draining soil. The Bridal Wreath Spirea lives predominantly in growing zones five to eight. The Spirea species is vulnerable to mildew.


This unique looking plant can reach a height of twelve feet and will attract all kinds of pollinators.
Scientific name: Cephalanthus occidentalis

Native to the eastern U.S and Chicago, the Buttonbush is a medium to large suckering bush that can grow up to 12 feet tall and equally spread. Its fragrant flowers bloom in June, resembling a pin cushion, attracting pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds.

However, it serves many purposes other than just being a nourishment center for bees. It can help wetlands to flourish, control erosion in flooded areas, and provide homes for small critters and insects.

Notably, it is one of the few plants that have a short lifespan. It prefers rich, moist soil that drains well and a lot of sun with partial shade. It thrives in USDA growing zones five through nine.

California Buckeye

California Buckeye
Although beautiful these trees are very toxic so be mindful of where you plant these.
Scientific name: Aesculus californica

Living  in slopes and canyons, this tree can grow up to 10 to 20 feet high with a 30-foot spread. In the spring, you will find cream-colored flower spikes that grow on multiple stems. The flowers, seeds, and fruit on the tree are toxic.

The California Buckeye resembles shrubbery. It can handle drought conditions, meaning you can plant it in desolate areas. It survives well in zones six to eight.

Carolina Silverbell

Carolina Silverbell
In the spring this tree will produce these delicate bell shaped flowers all over it.
Scientific name: Halesia carolina

The Carolina Silverbell is native to the southeast regions of the U.S., commonly in the Smoky Mountains. It is a small to medium-sized plant, reaching up to a maximum of 40 feet tall in most areas. In the spring, the tree produces clusters of white bell-shaped flowers dangling on pendulous stalks, which is partly why the Silverbel makes a great landscaping tree.            

Star-shaped fruit grows and sticks around until the next year. In the autumn, the leaves turn a yellow-green color and start to fall shortly thereafter.

It prefers full sunlight to partial shade for healthier growth. The tree favors acidic soil (pH five to six) that is moderately moist and drains well. It grows in USDA growing zones four through eight.

Cleveland Pear Tree

Cleveland Pear Tree
The height of these trees make them a popular tree to line streets with.
Scientific name: Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Starting as a combination of pyramidal and oval-shaped tree, the Cleveland Pear tree grows into a 25 or 30-foot oval by the time it matures. Its shape and size make it perfect for lining streets and center medians.

Clusters of white flowers bloom in April and cover the 13 to 16-foot wide tree. The leaves of the Cleveland Pear turn reddish-purple in autumn before they hit the ground. This pear tree prefers full sunlight to be healthy and thrives best in zones five through nine.

Kousa Dogwood

Kousa Dogwood
These trees are beautiful and disease resistant, but are vulnerable to mildew.
Scientific name:  Cornus Kousa

One of the nicest trees with white flowers is the Kousa Dogwood. It is a circular 15 to 30-foot tree that adds a unique look to any landscaping project. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil. The Kousa Dogwood, also known as Japanese Dogwood, is more aesthetic and disease-resistant than other Dogwoods. 

The flowers bloom May to June, disperse more, and grow at different times. Its leaves turn a bright red in the fall, making it stand out from its competition. It requires full sunlight and partial shade to thrive.

The bark is a unique blend of browns and tans that camouflage with it and the branches. It requires mulching around the trunk to protect it against disease. You will commonly find the Kousa growing in zones five through eight. It is deer-resistant but vulnerable to mildew. Certain dogwood trees may also have pink flowers, making them a great addition with quite a bit of variety.

‘Donald Wyman’ Crabapple

'Donald Wyman' Crabapple
These trees produce fruit for birds and give off a beautiful fragrance.
Scientific name: Malus ‘Donald Wyman’

This Crabapple tree grows 15 to 20-feet high and 20 to 25-feet wide. It needs full sun to keep it healthy, and favors well-drained acidic soil. It predominantly grows in zones four through eight. Starting in April, the pink buds open and turn into fragrant flowers.

This tree bears fruits that last through the winter, where birds can feast on them. It is crucial to prune it only in late winter to prevent fireblight infection, a deadly disease that can result from extreme weather conditions.

The crabapple species is vulnerable to mildew, which has the appearance of white powder on the leaves. The wind can blow around fungi spores onto other trees.

The mildew can rob the plant of its nutrients in advanced stages. Keeping leaves moist will help reduce the spread of the disease by the wind.

Fringe Tree

Fringe Tree
It’s low maintenance quality and ability to tolerate low air quality make this tree great for city life.
Scientific name: Chionanthus virginicus

A small tree with white flowers native to the eastern U.S., the Fringe only gets as tall as 12 to 20 feet tall. It gets its name from the type of flowers it produces. You will see four to 6-inch long clusters of flowers with fringe-like petals around May or June.

Later in the summer, bluish-black fruit will blossom, which the birds love. Then, the spear-shaped leaves will turn yellow in the fall. It needs full sun and partial shade.

This is a low-maintenance tree that can tolerate pollution and urban environments. The Fringe Tree can grow individually or in small groups. It adapts well to most soil types and commonly grows in zones three through nine.

Giant Dogwood

Giant Dogwood
This beautiful tree can grow to be around 35 to 40 feet tall.
Scientific name: Cornus controversa

A native of Japan and China, the Giant Dogwood can grow 35 to 40 feet tall and 20 to 40 feet wide. Often a lawn tree, the Giant Dogwood needs a lot of sunlight and some shade. It grows best in rich medium-moist soil.

It produces flattened clusters of flowers in May and June and bluish-black fruit in the latter part of summer. The leaves appear to be in layers. This Dogwood is common in growing zones five through eight.

Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut
You will often see these trees in parks and large open spaces.
Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum

The Chestnut is a large deciduous tree with clusters of white flowers of six inches or more blooming upright in May. It has a moderate growth rate, growing to a maximum of 75 feet tall and 65 feet wide.

These trees are popular in parks and large residential properties. When the fruit falls from this tree, it makes a mess on the ground. Birds and small animals graze on it. The seeds themselves are poisonous. The bark on this European native tree turns gray and flakes before it falls off.

It needs at least six hours of full sun and partial shade and is partial to moist, well-drained soil. It grows well in zones three through seven.

Japanese Crepe Myrtle

Japanese Crepe Myrtle
These trees thrive in moist, tropical enviornments.
Scientific name: Lagerstroemia subcostata var. fauriei

The Japanese Crepe Myrtle tree grows best in tropical and temperamental climates. It is a medium-sized tree with cinnamon-colored bark, dark green leaves, and bright white frilly flowers in clusters.

Some crepe myrtle trees can have more than one trunk. It is also deer-resistant, which may be a choice for wooded areas. It prefers moist loam, sand, or clay soil and flourishes well in zones five through eight.

Japanese Lilac

Japanese Lilac
These tress can line pathways or provide privacy as a hedge around your yard.
Scientific name: Syringa reticulata

The Japanese Lilac is a great choice for a unique tree to line your pathway or patio. It starts growing out small, but you can prune it into a larger tree, up to 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It also makes a great hedge in your yard.

The creamy-white flowers that bloom in June give off a delightful aroma. The dark green leaves can grow up to six inches long. It needs full sun to grow and thrives best in zones three through seven.

The Lilac species is vulnerable to mildew, which has the appearance of white powder on the leaves. The wind can blow around fungi spores onto other trees.

Japanese Snowbell

Japanese Snowbell
This tree gives off a light fragrance and is perfect for landscaping any yard.
Scientific name: Styrax japonicus

The Japanese Snowbell can grow up to 50 feet in some climates and 20 to 30 feet in others. It produces white bell-shaped flowers with yellow seed pods and a mild fragrance in May or June. In the fall, the leaves change to yellow, then red.

The gray bark forms fissures as the tree ages, revealing the orange inner bark. The Snowbell is a great tree for landscaping yards and gardens. It requires partial to full sunlight to thrive well. It survives best in zones five through nine.

Kobus Magnolia

Kobus Magnolia
The flowers on these trees are absolutely gorgeous and the tree itself can reach a height of around 30 feet tall.
Scientific name: Magnolia kobus

The Kobus Magnolia makes a large tree or small shrub. It grows best in rich, moist, and well-draining soil, but nothing extreme. In March, 14-inch cup-shaped flowers start to bloom. Its fall foliage is lovely, and seed pods open and attract all kinds of birds.

This pyramidal-shaped tree grows slowly early in life, gradually spreads out, and grows up to a height of 25 to 30 feet. Its fall foliage is lovely. This Magnolia is a popular tree in lawns and as hedges on larger properties. It needs full sunlight to stay healthy. It grows well in zones five through eight.

Natal Plum

Natal Plum
These trees prefer warms weather, wind and salty air, making them perfect for coastal gardens.
Scientific name: Carissa macrocarpa

Natal Plums are short, roughly two to eight feet tall, and grow near the coast because they like windy and salty areas. They are more versatile as they can grow small in planters or tall in the ground. These trees with white flowers make good specimen plants for landscaping.

These trees prefer warm climates with a lot of sunlight and partial shade, such as growing zones nine and ten. Planting them in well-drained salty soil helps them to stay healthy. They produce white fan-like flowers most of the season, along with red plum-shaped fruit.

Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree

Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree
These tress grow very fast and will need full sun.
Scientific name: Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’

The Natchex Crape is a fast-growing tree and can be between four and 21 feet in diameter. You may know it as Lilac of the South. It is ideal as a screen tree for pathways. Beautiful clusters of white flowers bloom from summer through fall when their orange to red foliage appears.

The Crape needs full sunlight to help it grow healthy. It is most common in growing zones seven through nine.

Northern Catalpa

Northern Catalpa
The flowers on these trees take around seven years to bloom.
Scientific name: Catalpa speciosa

This 40 to 60 feet tall tree is popular in parks. It produces heart-shaped leaves 12 inches long and four to eight inches wide. Flowering does not start for about seven years. The flowers it produces in late spring are soft and white with a trumpet shape and have white dangling seed pods coming from the center. The trunk and branches can twist.

It is better to plant the Northern Catalpa away from walkways due to the petals and seeds falling on the ground. The birds and bees love the seeds. This tree likes a wide range of soils, including clay. It needs full sun (minimum of four hours) and partial shade to thrive well.

The Catalpa species is vulnerable to mildew, which has the appearance of white powder on the leaves. The wind can blow around fungi spores onto other trees.

Orange Jasmine

Orange Jasmine
The flowers from this tree have a sweet scent that will attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
Scientific name: Murraya paniculata

The Orange Jasmine can start small in indoor planters and then grow eight to 12 feet tall as a landscape screen. Its one-inch fragrant white flowers, glossy evergreen leaves, and twisty branches make it a unique plant. It adapts well to pruning.

The Jasmine tree is perfect for a butterfly garden or tropical flower bed. After the flowers bloom, small attractive fruits grow during the summer and become nourishment for birds. The tree flowers all year long so you can enjoy its beauty for a long time. The scent of citrus may also attract bees.

This tree prefers warm weather with full sunlight and well-draining soil, which is why it grows best in zones 10 through 12.

Pee Gee Hydrangea

Pee Gee Hydrangea
This dense, flowering tree also makes for a great hedge.
Scientific name: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora

The Pee Gee can be a large shrub or small tree with clusters of large round white flowers up to 12 to 28 inches long. It is a fast-growing tree with a round shape and foliage that turns purplish-pink in the summer. Because of its size and shape, it makes a perfect hedging shrub.

The Pee Gee Hydrangea can tolerate a variety of climates. It is easy to plant and maintain, making it great for beginners. It needs full sunlight with partial shade (minimum of four hours of sunlight). Soil types it tolerates are acidic, clay, loam, and moist yet well-drained.

Robinia Pseudoacacia

Robinia Pseudoacacia
This tree will sprout seed pods that will attract different pollinators.
Scientific name: Black Locust

The Robinia can be the perfect solution if you need a filler tree. Standing 30 to 50 feet high and 20 to 35 feet wide, it can fill in spots too small for other trees. It produces clusters of fragrant flowers, eight inches long in late spring to early summer.

During fall, dark blue-green leaves with multiple leaflets turn yellow then fall off the tree. When the weather cools down, the Robinia trees sprout brown seed pods that attract hummingbirds and honeybees.

These suckering deciduous trees only need little watering but still require a lot of sunlight and light shade to thrive well. They grow best in dry to medium soil that drains well. They are the perfect nesting trees for woodpeckers. The Robinias are common in growing zones three through nine.

Royal White Redbud

Royal White Redbud
These trees need partial to full sun and do not require very much maintenance.
Scientific name: Cercis canadensis f. alba ‘Royal White’

This tree is unique because of its heart-shaped leaves that grow after the flowers finish blooming. The flowers fill the branches as they cascade down and around the tree trunk. This fast-growing tree (up to two feet per year) reaches a diameter of 15 to 25 feet and presents an appealing vase shape.

The Royal White Redbud is one of the trees with white flowers that bloom earlier than other redbuds. It is also easier to care for because of its low maintenance. Its leaves fade in the fall.

It needs partial to full sunlight to stay healthy, which makes it perfect for growing zones four through nine.


This trees fruit will attract a variety of different wildlife.
Scientific name: Amelanchier canadensis

The Serviceberry grows at a minimum rate of 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. This round deciduous tree grows clusters of white flowers that bloom from March to April and one-quarter inch berry-like fruit in June. Its leaves turn red-gold in the fall and change to darker colors later in the year. It needs full sun and partial shade.

Serviceberry is one of the trees that are first to bloom in the spring. Its berries are attractive to wildlife. It also does not require a lot of pruning. It grows best in acidic (5.5 to 7.5 pH), moist, and well-drained soils, and clay. You will find most Serviceberry trees in growing zones four through eight.

The Serviceberry species is vulnerable to mildew, which has the appearance of white powder on the leaves. The wind can blow around fungi spores onto other trees.

The mildew can rob the plant of its nutrients in advanced stages. Keeping leaves moist will help reduce the spread of the disease by the wind.


This tree will attract all kids of different pollinators to your yard or garden.
Scientific name: Oxydendrum arboreum

The Sourwood is a pollinator tree that grows at a medium rate to a maximum of 30 feet and a 20-foot spread. In early summer, it produces white fragrant flowers on drooping stalks that resemble the Lilies of the Valley. Bees use the nectar in the flowers to make honey. Leaves are oblong and about four to eight inches long.

The leaves start deep green, turn red-gold in the fall, then change to darker colors later.   Oval-shaped fruit about one-half-inch in diameter grows. The Sourwood needs at least six full hours of sunlight. It grows best in zones five through nine with multiple soil types.

Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia
Make sure to plant this tree in a space that can accommodate its growth.
Scientific name: Magnolia grandiflora

Common in the south and pacific northwest, the Magnolia can grow up to 80 feet tall. Make sure your planting space will accommodate such a giant. This magnificent evergreen features white 12-inch cup-size fragrant flowers in spring to mid-summer.

Hawaiians use the vanilla-scented blooms to make leis. After the flowers fade away, cones with red seeds will appear. Eventually, those seedlings turn into berries, which entice birds and small wild animals. The dark green, glossy leaves add originality and stay on all year long.

This Magnolia tolerates a plethora of soils. Plant the Southern Magnolia in grassy areas to prevent messy sidewalks and other pathways due to the falling seeds. It is ideal in zones six through ten.

Spring Snow Crabapple

Spring Snow Crabapple
This is a sweet smelling, none fruit bearing tree, that works well with any landscape.
Scientific name: Malus ‘Spring Snow’

This Crabapple tree does not produce fruit. Instead, it grows flowers consisting of white fan-like petals with pale yellow stamen in the spring. Without fruit, this species is perfect for any type of landscaping.

The flowers produce a sweet aroma. Being 20 to 25 feet tall and 5 to 20 feet wide, it is perfect for accenting the yard. The flowers will fall off when summer arrives, leaving its green foliage behind. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow.

The Spring Snow is more disease-resistant than the traditional species. It needs full sunlight to grow appropriately. Because of that, this Crabapple grows well in zones four through eight.

Star Magnolia

Star Magnolia
This tree is perfect in a yard with little sun and well drained soil.
Scientific name: Magnolia stellata

The Star Magnolia is a perfect specimen tree for the yard, reaching 15 to 20 feet tall. White star-shaped flowers bloom from March to April before the dark green, obovate leaves replace them. Because of its early blooming, late spring frost can harm it.

The Star Magnolia prefers slightly acidic rich soil that drains well in four or more hours of full sunlight and partial shade. The best places to plant these trees are in inconspicuous areas, such as next to a pathway or window.

It is predominant in growing zones 4a-8a. It is also vulnerable to mildew if you don’t protect it from high winds.

Sweet Sugar Tyme Crabapple

Sweet Sugar Tyme Crabapple
This tree is fairly low maintenance and needs little pruning.
Scientific name: Malus ‘Swesutyzam’

This 10 by 10-inch crabapple tree is small enough to fit in small landscapes or next to sidewalks in groups or individually. This self-fertile tree rarely needs pruning. It has a moderate growth rate and sprouts white flowers from pale pink buds and red fruit, which can tolerate colder temperatures.

Its leaves turn fall colors, such as bronze to yellow, which can highlight any pathway in autumn. The Sweet Sugar grows best in well-draining soil and is ideal for growing zones four to eight.             

Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea
The sweet tea tree is a newer cultivar that has been around since 2002.
Scientific name: Gordlinia grandiflora

Sweet Tea trees can grow up to 30 feet high and 15 feet wide but are easy to prune if you choose to keep them shorter. They make great landscaping trees. On these trees, from July through September, you will see flat white flowers with yellow stamens that resemble egg yolks.

When fall comes, the leaves turn yellow and red. These trees are evergreens, so there will be no concern for a messy yard. They need partial to full sun and thrive well in growing zones seven through nine.

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Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay Magnolia
This beautiful tree blooms in the late spring to early summer.
Scientific name: Magnolia virginiana

This pest-resistant Magnolia has a moderate growth rate and stands from 30 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 25 feet wide. It prefers very moist acidic soils, mainly boggy areas, and full sun. It has glossy green leaves and creamy-white flowers with large soft white petals, which bloom from the late spring to early summer. The flowers set off a refreshing lemony scent.

Sweetbays can suffer damage from flying debris of lawnmowers and weed eaters. The trees can survive some cold conditions but need protection from harsh temperatures. They are ideal for growing zones 5 through 10.

Tor’ Spirea

Tor' Spirea
This shrub will bloom in mid to late summer.
Scientific name: Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’

A shrub, the Tor’ Spirea only gets as big as 3 X 3 and can look good anywhere on your property. In mid to late spring, this bush produces beautiful clusters of small white flowers and dark green leaves that turn red in the fall.

The best time to prune the Tor’ Spirea is late winter or early spring to allow for new growth. It needs full sun and moderately-moist soil that drains well. You will find this species in growing zones four through eight.

Washington Hawthorn

Washington Hawthorn
This particular plant requires full sun and will reach its peak in late spring and early summer.
Scientific name: Crataegus phaenopyrum

This Hawthorne is a compact tree and works well as a privacy screen for your yard. It is easy to prune into a hedge. The Washington Hawthorn grows 25 to 30 feet all ways. It provides a colorful background due to the leaves starting reddish-purple before turning green.

White flowers in clusters, then red berries peak in late spring to early summer. The branches have thorns, much like rose bushes. In the fall, its foliage turns orange and red. The Washington Hawthorn requires full sun, which it will receive while growing in zones three through eight.   

The Hawthorn species is vulnerable to mildew, which has the appearance of white powder on the leaves. The wind can blow around fungi spores onto other trees.

The mildew can rob the plant of its nutrients in advanced stages. Keeping leaves moist will help reduce the spread of the disease by the wind.

White Angel’s Trumpet

White Angel’s Trumpet
This bell shaped flower thrives in warm weather.
Scientific name: Brugmansia spp

The White Angel’s Trumpet gets its name from the flowers that it produces. They resemble the bell of a trumpet. The large white flowers bloom during the mid-summer to fall months and have a lovely smell!

The trumpet-shaped shrubs do not tolerate cold temperatures, so they need a warmer climate or grow in containers indoors during colder seasons. They need full sunlight with some shade.

If you have to take them inside, be sure to have ample room as they can grow up to 20 feet tall and as long as 12 inches. They prefer moist soil and thrive best in USDA growing zones nine through 11.

White Dogwood

White Dogwood
This tree will bloom in the spring and a deep red in the fall.
Scientific name: Cornus florida

You may know the White Dogwood is a famous tree because of its origin. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had these kinds of trees in their yards. They tolerate all seasonal weather and multiple soil types that drain well and need partial full sunlight and shade to stay healthy.

There are snowy white flowers on these trees that bloom in the spring, foliage that turns red-purple in the fall, and glossy red fruit that blossoms in winter for the birds and animals to eat. They also feed on other tree parts, including flowers, twigs, bark, and leaves.

The White Dogwood can get up to 25 feet tall and thrive well in growing zones five through nine.

White Rose of Sharon

White Rose of Sharon
This beautiful shrub can be invasive to local plants in some states.
Scientific name: Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodtwo’-White Chiffon

The White Rose of Sharon resembles a shrubbery but can grow as a short vase-shaped tree with multiple stems. It is only five to eight feet tall and four to six feet wide. Its flowers bloom from June to September.

This tree is partial to full sunlight. In many states, it is invasive, meaning it can cause a threat to native plants and trees around it. The White Rose of Sharon is common in zones five through eight.

Yoshino Cherry Tree

Yoshino Cherry Tree
This cherry blossom tree has small round fruit that attract only birds, and have a beautiful fragrance.
Scientific name: Prunus x yedoensis

Also known as the Japanese flowering cherry, the Yoshino is a celebrity in Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival. It is drought-resistant and adjusts well to different soil types. The leaves start reddish and change to dark green in the summer.

It is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring (around March or April). It prefers at least six to eight hours of full sunlight and partial shade. White-pink blossoms with a slight almond fragrance appear, along with round fruit that appeals only to birds.

The Yoshino Cherry tree grows round, up to 50 feet high and 40 feet wide. It grows best in zones five through eight.

Final Thoughts

With so many different trees with white flowers, there are bound to be some that will thrive on your property and bring a sense of purity and innocence like no other color can. Whichever feeling you wish to create, white flowers will only serve to accentuate it and make the vivid colors stand out even more.

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Finding the right flowering tree can be a challenge depending on where you live. You need to consider climate, flower color, soil type, and so much more. In this massive guide, we look at over 70 of our favorite flowering trees to help you decide which of them could be a perfect addition to your home landscape or home garden space!

Yellow Flowering Tree


25 Yellow Flowering Trees and Shrubs For Your Garden

Struggling to find the perfect brigthly colored yellow flowering trees and shrubs to plant in your garden or around your home? In this article, we take a look at our favorite flowering trees and shrubs that have yellow flowers, with pictures and information on each of these beautiful plants!

Flowering Tree With Peach Colored Flowers


27 Flowering Trees That Grow Well in Michigan

If you live in Michigan, picking the right flowering tree for your home or garden space is critical, due to living in a colder climate. While there are several options to choose from, not all trees can withstand harsh winters. In this article, we look at our favorite flowering trees for Michigan home landscaping or gardening spaces.

Orange Flowers on Flannelbush


31 Flowering Trees That Grow Well in California

Living in California provides you with many options when it comes to gardening and landscaping. Picking a flowering tree that will grow well in California isn't nearly as hard as some colder states. But with so many options, which ones do you pick? In this article, we look at some of our favorite flowering trees for the temperate California climate!