Dwarf flowering trees are highly ornamental, compact versions of their larger counterparts. Dwarf flowering trees' small stature and profusion of spring blooms make them popular selections for home lanscape designs, particularly in the front yard. Consider the features of some of the many types of dwarf flowering trees to determine those that are best fit for your needs.
The smallest varieties of cherry tree, such as the Purple Leaf Sand Cherry, grow only 7 to 10 feet tall. Their highly fragrant pink blooms open in mid- to late-spring, opening after the leaves have shown. After blooming, the leaves become a purplish shade that lasts throughout the summer months.
The ornamental dwarf flowering almond is a shrub with many stems, spreading between 3 and 4 feet wide and 4 and 5 feet tall. Its white or pink blooms are prolific, appearing on old wood in mid-spring. Blooms can be single or double. The dwarf flowering almond is particularly vulnerable to borers. Prune the plant all the way to the ground after it blooms if disease is a problem. It will return the following year, though it may not bloom until the year after that.
Closely related to apple trees, the flowering crabapple tree has a small edible fruit and beautiful blossoms that can vary in color, from red-purple to pink-white. Blossoms of different varieties vary in bloom time, ranging from early spring to early summer, and shape, with single, semi-double or double varieties. The fruit of the flowering crabapple is tiny, measuring less than 2 inches. Crabapples offer incredible versatility due to their compact growth. Dwarf crabapples can be grown successfully in containers.
Plant dwarf flowering varieties of fruit trees such as plum and pear to provide both visual interest and an edible element in your landscape design. Blooms announce the arrival of spring, and small varieties, available at home and garden centers, don't overreach their welcome in small lots.