Pink cherry blossoms are the quintessence of romance… But trees with blooms in shades of rose, shocking pink or fuchsia can create lots of effects and emotions in your garden or yard…
From the enchanted world of love and sighs to bright, electric and energetic splashes of color! From sweet looking to very exotic and even surreal flowers, there are varieties of trees with pink flowers you can grow in your green space!
And don’t think that only spring has blooms in this color range; in fact, we want to prove to you that there are tress that blooms in shades of pink also for summer, fall, and even winter!
Pink clouds, profuse rose blossoms, or big and eye catching magenta blooms between the leaves or on naked branches are all possible effects you too can enjoy with the varieties of pink flowering trees we have found…
Now, soon you will see them all, but take some time to learn how many effects pink flowers on the branches of trees can have in your green space.
Discovering the Wonders of Trees with Pink Flowers
Pink is one of the most eclectic colors ever, in blooms on trees, as it is in clothing, for example. It varies a lot, and with its changes, come different moods, impressions and effects in your green space.
Just think about the difference you get from a delicate, pale pastel rose shade and a strong, energetic, vibrant shocking pink! One will give you a sense of peace and romance, the other of drama and eye catching energy!
Then again you have baby pink, which, rather than romantic, is sweet. Or why not salmon pink, which is very sophisticated and quite hard to find? Flamingo has a pale but bright magenta touch in it. And the list goes on and on.
Different tonalities of pink in the flowers that hang from the branches of trees will give you totally different effects in your garden. If you want a strong and showy effect, maybe barbie, bubblegum or, or again, shocking pink blooms are what you are after.
If you want a delicate, hinted feeling, then carnation, baby, mauvelous and nadeshiko pink shades are best for you. And this is why we will describe the blossoms on our chosen trees with great detail and attention to tonalities, and much more…
So, now we can start!
12 Prettiest Pink Flowering Trees for the Most Enchanting Garden
As we said, for spring, summer, fall and even winter, there is a pink blooming tree you can grow in your garden… And it’s one of the following:
1: Yulan Magnolia ‘Forrests’s Pink’ (Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest’s Pink’)
Let’s start with a showy and elegant early spring pink flowering tree: Yulan magnolia ‘Forrest’s Pink’. The cup shaped, fleshy tepals that will open like a lily of this variety offer you a delicate but bright shading of pink tones, from very pale and on the rose scale inside and at the tips, to a deeper, almost magenta blush outside at the base!
4 to 8 inches long (10 to 20 cm), the blooms will appear on the naked branches of this deciduous cultivar, each with 9 to 11 petals.
The glossy and leathery, ovate leaves will follow on the elegant branches, first in copper, and then they will turn deep green for a refreshing summer display.
There are also other varieties of magnolia in this color range, like the slow growing ‘Anne’, the pale rose ‘Alba Superba’ and ‘Liliputian’ or the double and original looking ‘Jane Platt’.
Like most magnolias, ‘Forrest’s Pink’ will suit any informal garden design, from cottage to oriental and Japanese. Given its showy floral display and eye catching foliage, it is best grown as a specimen plant.
2: Almond Tree (Prunus dulcis)
Almond trees don’t just give us amazingly delicious and nutritious nuts; they also fill with pink flowers all over their naked branches.
The delicate looking blooms have a vary pale shade of our color, but the center has a splash of pink red just where the thin and fragile looking stamens come forth.
But what you will notice is the overall effect, a fresh and romantic spectacle that starts of your garden’s season every year.
The bright green, elliptical leaves will follow, forming an open crown all through the warm season. Then, before fall comes, the actual almonds will be ready for the picking. But beware! If they are bitter, it means that they are poisonous.
Ideal for a natural looking garden as well as fruit gardens and orchards, almond trees have a short but intense bloom that will open your heart and get you gazing. They are ideal for cottage and English country styles.
3: Pink Peacock Flower Tree (Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Rosea’)
The ‘Rosea’ variety of peacock flower tree has the same exotic looking blooms as the more common red variety, but they are pink, of course. And of a bright hot pink tonality, with energetic magenta centers and lower lips.
As they mature, the edges turn white, and a very decorative bird like shape forms around a canary yellow central petal.
The long stamens too are of this color, adding elegance to the blossoms in the airy clusters. Each head is about 2 inches across (5.0 cm), and the floral display lasts for the whole season! The foliage too is very decorative, with mid green, pinnate leaves divided into many ovate leaflets.
You can grow pink peacock flower tree as a shrub, and have it in borders and hedges, or train it into a small tree, which really suits exotic, Mediterranean and even city gardens.
4: ‘Pendula Rosea’ Weeping Cherry (Prunus pendula ‘Pendula Rosea’)
Cherry blossoms are a world famous spectacle, especially loved, even mythical for the falling pink petals, in the orient.
But ‘Pendula Rosea’ weeping cherry adds an even more romantic touch, of course, the slender arching branches that cascade with a profusion of nodding pale blush pink flowers!
Short lived, this display will nevertheless take center stage in your garden, and then you will still enjoy the elegant shape of this tree, with dark glossy green leaves and, of course, the round shiny fruits and birds that come to visit it, which are black, not red. What is more, there is also a double variety if you like…
Elegant and spectacular at the same time, ‘Pendula Rosea’ weeping cherry must be one of the most romantic trees in the world, and it deserves a visible spot as a specimen plant in your garden, though you can also grow it in groups or for foundation planting.
5: American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)
For unusual summer pink blooms, you can pick American smoke trees. In fact the fluffy clouds of tiny, candy floss like flowers in a lemonade pink shade come with great profusion when days are hot, and they cover the whole crown, literally like coating romantic puffs.
But this US native is also loved for its amazing foliage: large and round bded, the leaves keep changing color all through the year, taking on hues of green, copper, blue, orange and finally red in fall!
The twisted and gnarled branches will still provide a striking silhouette when winter comes and it sheds it colorful mantle.
American smoke tree is a very kaleidoscopic variety, but also a very strong one: virtually disease free and with great tolerance for pollution, it will not just provide lots of colors on top of pink, but also dense shade and it will improve air quality in urban gardens.
6: ‘Perth Pink’ Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus ‘Perth Pink’)
‘Perth Pink’ will give you a bright and light splash of this amazing color, in its pure to fuchsia shade all year round with its very unusual flowers!
Yes, all year round, including winter! Bottlebrush tree will blossom non stop and the blooms look exactly like what its name suggests: cylindrical and fluffy, just like bottle brushes.
Generous with its floral display, with heads that gently not weight down the arching branchlets, it also has very fine, long and narrow, green to bluish evergreen foliage for a fully elegant, classy and very exotic display!
The only drawback is that you need to live in a warm region to grow any bottlebrush variety, including ‘Perth Pink’.
But if you are so lucky, it will be a great asset in any informal garden style, from Mediterranean, to urban, to tropical or even in xeric conditions. And you can have it as a shrub or small tree!
7: ‘Brandywine’ Crabapple (Malus ‘Brandywine’)
Crabapple is an excellent flowering tree and some have pink blooms, like ‘Coralburst’, ‘Adams’ and the pale ‘Camelot’, but we picked ‘Brandywine’ because…
Because, to start with its color is so bright, saturated and vibrant, pure pink with darker blushes on the outside that it’s hard to match.
Next, it is a semi double variety and the flower heads form lovely cups that literally fill the branches. They are also fragrant and they look like little roses!
Elegant and well behaved, this tree also has lovely pointy leaves that appear in spring with a brick red color, before turning dark green. But the color display is not finished… The foliage then takes on red blushes by summertime and in fall, they turn to purple hues!
Ideal for a cottage garden, ‘Brandywine’ crabapple is also very adaptable to most informal garden designs, and it can bring you a romantic and rosy breath of the countryside to your urban garden, because it tolerates pollution very well!
8: Pink Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin f. rosea)
Pink silk tree is an another elegant pink flowering tree for you summer days. If the name suggests sophistication, there is a reason…
The fragrant, fuchsia pink puffs of round filaments that make up the blossom come on top of the arching branches, and they will attract lots of pollinators. With a white flash at the base, they will spark up your garden.
The refined, finely textured foliage will instead hang from under them, with frond like, bright green bipinnate leaves that will give you great shade and amazing decorative value till the end of fall.
However, the long flat seed pods will stay on during winter as well, each reaching about 7 inches long (17 cm).
Exotic and very elegant, showy and at the same time very sophisticated, pink silk tree is a perfect all year round pink beauty for exotic, Mediterranean and coastal gardens. And it is a winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
9: Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum)
Hot pink, pea like flowers fill the branches of Judas tree in spring, coming in such profusion that the whole crown seems to be dressed in this bright and energetic color! Foliage may come with this floral display, or later, as it pleases…
But the decorative value of the rounded and heart shaped leaves start off as bronze, and then they deep green in the summer, only to take on yellow and bright green shades in fall.
The seed pods that follow the blossom are green and red purple, and they hang from the spreading branches of the round, imposing crown of this Mediterranean native all through summer, fall, and even winter.
And… Yes, you can even eat the pink flowers of Judas tree in salads! This very broad, sculptural tree will definitely need an important place in your garden, even if it is not massive, but it’s best suited for specimen planting.
10: ‘Cherokee Sunset’ Flowering Dogwood (Cornusflorida ‘Cherokee Sunset’)
The flowers of ‘Cherokee Sunset’ flowering dogwood are actually small and green, but they are framed by 4 large, pointed, slightly twisting bracts, with a bright magenta pink color that fades to white towards the center.
This showy floral display will start in spring, and it will be followed by shiny, round red fruits that will attract birds well into the fall!
The foliage usually comes with or just after the floral show, and the leaves are spectacular as well. And here we also find our color again…
When they open, they have pink margins, and this shade stays on while irregular patches of dark mustard yellow develop on the bright green, pointed and veined leaves. The effect is similar to that of a snake or crocodile skin in the dense crown.
A small tree or a shrub, according to how you train it, ‘Cherokee Sunset’ can be a great resource for pink and colorful hedges, or take its worthy place in wooded, naturalized areas. But fee, free to grow it in any informal garden style if you wish.
11: Orchid Tree (Bauhinia variegata)
Exotic as the name orchid, orchid tree is a tropical variety closely related to humble peas, but you wouldn’t tell from its super showy, large blossoms.
Reaching about 4 inches across (10 cm), they come in late winter in great profusion on the softly arching branches with five slightly curling petals and upward arching pistils in the gap at the bottom.
And you will see shades of shocking and pale pink, as well as a central magenta splash and some hints of white along the edges and the veins!
They resemble large butterflies… Spectacular though the blossom is, foliage Is no less attractive, large and bright green, with a little dent in the middle, they hang from the branches till winter, or through it in warm countries. This semi evergreen will also produce long and flat edible and drooping pods.
Orchid tree is one of the most exotic looking trees with pink blooms; for this reason, and because it is not cold hardy, it should take an important place in a Mediterranean, Xeric or in any case exotic looking garden.
12: ‘Accolade’ Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Accolade’)
…And we can close with a very special cultivar of the most iconic pink blooming tree in the world: the flowering cherry known as ‘Accolade’, worthy winner of the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society!
It will give you the full effect of Japanese cherry blossoms, but with a very special touch… The flowers are larger than in other varieties, about 1.5 inches across (4.0 cm), and they really form dense clusters on the yet naked branches.
What is mor, they have a particularly delicate, bright and pale shade of shell pink! Once all the petals have fallen to the ground in mystic flights, the dark green, glossy and ovate leaves appear on the branches, and they will keep this refreshing color till they turn red in the fall. And in winter, the elegant dark red trunk and branches still provide interest to any garden.
The only drawback of ‘Accolade’ flowering cherry is that you won’t taste the actual fruits; but as a decorative flowering tree, it is really spectacular and a real star in the world of pink blooms – for any informal garden!
Pink Blooming Trees for All Seasons and Romance All Year Round!
I said it in the introduction that I would find you at least one variety of pink flowering trees for each season, and we even cover winter with some of the rose, fuchsia or watermelon…
Some look exotic, others look very romantic, and they would immediately create that enchanted world of love and sighs we mentioned…
Some have showy flowers, others massive displays of small ones, and they all, absolutely all, look wonderful and make gardens much nicer places to see!
Amber Noyes was born and raised in a suburban California town, San Mateo. She holds a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of California as well as a BS in Biology from the University of San Francisco. With experience working on an organic farm, water conservation research, farmers’ markets, and plant nursery, she understands what makes plants thrive and how we can better understand the connection between microclimate and plant health. When she’s not on the land, Amber loves informing people of new ideas/things related to gardening, especially organic gardening, houseplants, and growing plants in a small space.