Trees With White Flowers (10 Trees That Bloom In White)


Trees provide shade and add an interesting landscape feature to your yard.  Some trees bloom with brilliant white flowers during the year.

So, what are some trees with white flowers?  Trees with white flowers include: Almond, Apple, British Hawthorn, Common Pear, Crepe Myrtle, Franklin Tree, Fringe Tree, Kentucky Coffeetree, Seven Son Flower, and Yoshino Cherry.  Some of these trees have attractive foliage and can grow quite tall, while others remain compact for a patio.

Of course, some of these trees prefer full sun, while others tolerate partial or full shade.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 trees with white flowers.  We’ll also take a look at what they need for light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s begin.

10 Trees With White Flowers

There are plenty of trees with white flowers, but here are 10 to start with:

  • Almond
  • Apple
  • British Hawthorn
  • Common Pear
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Franklin Tree
  • Fringe Tree
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Seven Son Flower
  • Yoshino Cherry

Let’s begin with Almond.

Almond

Almond (Prunus dulcis) is a deciduous tree that produces showy small (1 to 2 inch) white flowers in late winter or early spring.

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Almond trees produce showy white flowers in late winter or early spring.

Almond needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Almond needs full sun.  It can tolerate a variety of soil types, but prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.5).

Almond can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 5a (as cold as -20 degrees Fahrenheit or –29 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 13 to 33 feet.

You can propagate Almond by seeds (Almond trees are self-fertile).

You can learn more about Almond from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Almond trees from Willis Orchards.

Apple

Apple (Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree that produces showy and fragrant white flowers in spring or early summer.  As an added bonus, it also produces edible fruit!

apple tree flowers
Apple trees produce showy and fragrant white flowers, which leads to edible fruit!

Apple trees need moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Apple trees need full sun.  They prefer acidic to neutral soil (pH of 5.8 to 7.0).

Apple trees can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, they are hardy to Zone 5a (as cold as -20 degrees Fahrenheit or –29 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 12 to 16 feet (more for old trees, less for dwarf varieties), with a width of 12 to 14 feet.

You can propagate Apple trees by layering, grafting, or budding.  Seeds may not produce a tree that can bear good fruit.

You can learn more about Apple trees from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Apple trees from Stark Brothers.

British Hawthorn

British Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a deciduous tree that produces showy and fragrant white flowers in spring or early summer.

British Hawthorn tree flowers
A British Hawthorn tree produces showy and fragrant white flowers. Its growth remains compact at under 15 feet tall.

British Hawthorn needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

British Hawthorn needs full sun.  It prefers acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.0 to 7.5).

British Hawthorn can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4b (as cold as -25 degrees Fahrenheit or –32 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 15 feet, with a width of 10 feet if left untrimmed.

You can propagate British Hawthorn by softwood or hardwood cuttings.

You can learn more about British Hawthorn from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find British Hawthorn from Planting Justice.

Common Pear

Common Pear (Pyrus communis) is a deciduous tree that produces showy small (1 to 2 inch) white flowers in spring.

Pear Tree flowers
A pear tree produces showy white flowers in spring, which leads to edible fruit later in the summer or fall.

Common Pear needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Common Pear prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.0 to 6.5).

Common Pear can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or –34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 15 to 25 feet (taller if unpruned), with a width of 15 to 25 feet if left untrimmed.

You can propagate Common Pear by grafting and by softwood or hardwood cuttings.

You can learn more about Common Pear from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Common Pear from Willis Orchards.

You can find a list of self-pollinating pear trees in my article here.

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is a deciduous tree that produces showy small (1 to 2 inch) white flowers in spring, summer, or early fall.

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A Crepe Myrtle tree produces small and showy white flowers, and it can tolerate dry soil.

Crepe Myrtle needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Crepe Myrtle prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.0 to 6.5).

Crepe Myrtle can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 25 to 30 feet, with a width of 30 to 35 feet.

You can propagate Crepe Myrtle by division, root cuttings, stem cuttings, cane cuttings, tip cuttings, and by seeds.

You can learn more about Crepe Myrtle from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Crepe Myrtle from Garden Goods Direct.

Franklin Tree

Franklin Tree (Franklinia) is a deciduous tree that produces showy fragrant white flowers in summer, fall, or early winter.

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A Franklin Tree produces showy and fragrant white flowers.
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Franklin Tree needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Franklin Tree prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 4.5 to 6.5).

Franklin Tree can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 5b (as cold as -15 degrees Fahrenheit or –26 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 20 to 25 feet, with a width of 10 to 15 feet.

You can propagate Franklin Tree by stem cuttings or by seeds.

You can learn more about Franklin Tree from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Franklin Tree from Direct Gardening.

Fringe Tree

Fringe Tree (Chionanthus) is a deciduous tree that produces showy fragrant white flowers (they are tiny – less than 1 inch) in spring.

A Fringe Tree produces showy and fragrant white flowers – at less than 1 inch, they are tiny!

Fringe Tree needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Fringe Tree prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to neutral soil (pH of 4.5 to 7.3).

Fringe Tree can tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or -34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 12 to 20 feet (35 feet if untrimmed) with a width of 12 to 20 feet.

You can propagate Fringe Tree by seeds.

You can learn more about Fringe Tree from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Fringe Tree from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Kentucky Coffeetree

Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioica) is a deciduous tree that produces showy fragrant white flowers (they are tiny – less than 1 inch) in spring.

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Kentucky Coffeetree produces showy and fragrant white flowers in spring.
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Kentucky Coffeetree needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Kentucky Coffeetree needs full sun.  It prefers neutral soil (pH of 6.6 to 7.3).

Kentucky Coffeetree can tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 3a (as cold as -40 degrees Fahrenheit or -40 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 60 to 80 feet, with a width of 40 to 55 feet.

You can propagate Kentucky Coffeetree by root cuttings or by seeds.

You can learn more about Kentucky Coffeetree from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Kentucky Coffeetree from Nature Hills.

Seven Son Flower

Seven Son Flower (Heptacodium miconioides) is a deciduous tree that produces showy fragrant white flowers (they are tiny – less than 1 inch) in late summer or fall.

Seven Son Flower
Seven Son Flower produces showy and fragrant white flowers. This tree can tolerate dry soil and partial shade.

Seven Son Flower needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Seven Son Flower prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It can tolerate a range of acidic to alkaline soil.

Seven Son Flower can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 5a (as cold as -20 degrees Fahrenheit or -29 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 15 to 20 feet, with a width of 8 to 10 feet.

You can propagate Seven Son Flower by seeds.

You can learn more about Seven Son Flower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Seven Son Flower from Monrovia.

Yoshino Cherry

Yoshino Cherry (Prunus yedoensis) is a deciduous tree that produces showy fragrant white and pink flowers in spring.

Yoshino cherry flowers
A Yoshino Cherry tree produces showy and fragrant white flowers with some pink on them.

Yoshino Cherry needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Yoshino Cherry needs full sun.  It can tolerate slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.3).

Yoshino Cherry can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 5b (as cold as -15 degrees Fahrenheit or -26 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 20 to 40 feet, with a width of 30 to 40 feet.

You can propagate Yoshino Cherry by softwood cuttings.

You can learn more about Yoshino Cherry from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Yoshino Cherry from Nature Hills.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 trees with white flowers and how to take care of them.  They might provide inspiration to help you to improve your landscape and provide more shade in your yard.

If you have a shaded yard, you should check out my article on flowering trees for shade.

If you love white flowers, you might want to check out my article on vines with white flowers.

You might enjoy my article on trees with yellow flowers as well. You might also want to read my article on trees with pink flowers or my article on trees with purple flowers.

If you live in a colder climate, you might want to read my article on flowering trees for Zone 6.

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~Jonathon

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