Looking for the perfect flowering tree for your Denver Foothills landscape? Our low humidity, cool evening temperatures, and warm daytime temperatures create the perfect growing environment for many small flowering trees that thrive in our red, rocky soils. In fact, some of the best are regional natives. If you live in the area, we recommend you try one (or more) of these five beautiful flowering trees.
Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Few native trees are as attractive as the Saskatoon serviceberry! This shrubby, multi-stemmed tree can reach 25-35 feet when fully grown and develops a beautiful upright vase shape. Clouds of delicate white flowers cover its branches in spring. These are followed by edible, purplish “Saskatoon berries”, which can be harvested and eaten or left as forage for songbirds and other wildlife. In fall, its leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold.
There are several exceptional landscape varieties—most notably the compact ‘Regent’, which only reaches 4-6 feet in height.
Saskatoon serviceberry is an adaptable tree that grows well in clay-rich soils. It is also an understory tree, which means it is shade tolerant, though it develops its best growth and flowering when planted in full sun.
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’)
Truly brilliant fiery fall foliage is the highlight of autumn brilliance serviceberry, but it also boasts multi-seasonal interest.
In spring, it becomes covered with loads of white flowers, edible dark red berries are produced in summer, and its smooth gray bark looks attractive in winter.
The multi-stemmed tree reaches 20-25 feet when mature and is also highly disease resistant. Grow it in full sun and average to moist well-drained soil.
Cerro Hawthorn (Crataegus erythropoda)
Native gardeners should consider growing Cerro hawthorn. The Colorado native only reaches 15 feet when mature. Its rounded canopy becomes covered with small white flowers in spring. By summer, it develops glossy black fruits that look attractive until they are consumed by songbirds.
It makes a nice native accent tree, but like most hawthorns it has spines along its branches.
Grow Cerro hawthorn in full sun and well-drained soil. Established trees will tolerate extended drought.
Crimson Cloud Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’)
What flowers! Clusters of rosy red blooms with white centers cover this tree in spring, followed by bright red fall berries. Its glossy green leaves have little fall color, but look attractive through the growing season.
Crimson Cloud hawthorn is an underused landscape tree that reaches 20-25 feet at maturity and grows best in full to partial sun. It will tolerate a variety of well-drained soil types, including dry and moist soils. It also has fewer thorns along its branches than other ornamental hawthorns.
Canada Red Select Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red Select’)
Colorful foliage and fragrant spring flowers make this a great native landscape tree for Colorado homeowners!
In spring it produces elongated clusters of fragrant white flowers that glow against its leaves, which are green when they emerge in spring, turn dark purple in summer, and bright red in fall. Dark fruits are produced in summer, which are eaten by songbirds.
This tough tree reaches 20 feet at maturity and grows best in full sun and well-drained soils. It is also noted for its tolerance to urban growing conditions.
Ready To Plant?
Each one of these beautiful flowering trees is highly adapted to our area. In addition to landscape value, they have wildlife value, so they are also great for the natural environment.
We recommend spring or early fall planting to get your new trees off to a great start. You can always call us for advice on where to plant your new tree(s) and don’t forget that we offer professional tree planting services if you don’t want to do it yourself!