Planting trees in your yard is one of the best ways to add more beauty to your property. But if you want to take that beauty to the next level, try adding fruit trees with white flowers to your yard. The mix of white flowers and, later, fruit will catch the eye and add more color to your yard, improving your home’s overall aesthetic.
Plus, choosing a tree that both flowers and bears fruit will attract local wildlife to your yard, making it a home for all. If you haven’t yet considered planting a tree that both grows fruit and flowers, it might be time you did. Don’t know which one to choose? Here are five fruit trees with white flowers that you can plant in your yard.
Just like its name sounds, the branches of the pagoda dogwood grow in horizontal tiers, making it look like a pagoda. Its shape alone is elegant, and this beauty only becomes enhanced with the growth of flowers and then berries.
By the time June rolls around, the pagoda dogwood has delicate white flowers. As the flowers fade, the tree produces blue-black fruit that is about pea-sized. The fruit is bitter and matures in late summer. It attracts local wildlife—both smaller animals, such as birds, squirrels, and pheasants, and larger wildlife, like wild turkeys and bears (depending on if you live in a more forested area). Both the flowers and the fruit grow in clusters.
These trees thrive in areas that have partial shade, but they can still grow in an area with full sunshine, as long as the roots are continuously kept cool. The best soil for healthy growth is moist and well-drained. With all these conditions met, pagoda dogwood trees can grow as tall as 25 feet and as wide as 30 feet.
The Pacific dogwood tree is a tree native to Oregon, making it a popular choice for residents to plant in their yards. These trees bloom in the spring but can also bloom again in the fall. The blooms are beautiful, showy, white flowers surrounded by a cluster of 30 to 40 small, green flowers. They then produce berries that are orange or red. These berries are a great source of food for birds and other smaller, local wildlife during the fall season. They’re edible but have a very bitter taste.
Pacific dogwood trees grow best in areas that are not in full shade; partial shade areas are much better. They should also be planted in soil that’s moist, well-drained, and nutrient-rich. In these conditions, a Pacific dogwood can grow up to around 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide.
The serviceberry tree is also native to Oregon. This tree is more shrub-like than others. It has leaves that are light green and white flowers bloom in the spring. By the time summer rolls around, blue-purple berries begin growing. The berries attract birds to the branches, and the nectar from the white flowers attracts butterflies. The berries are edible and taste similar to blueberries when they’re ripe. They can be harvested about two to three months after the flowers bloom.
These trees work well in any sort of landscape and can grow in full shade or full sun. Additionally, they’re very drought tolerant. Serviceberry trees tend to grow to about 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
The thimbleberry is similar to the serviceberry, but it’s better suited for homes that are along a forest edge. It has large, white flowers that turn to bright red berries. The berries are seedy and coarse but are edible. They taste best when they’re juicy. It’s important to note that these berries dry out very fast, so don’t let them sit on the tree for long if you plan to eat them.
These trees do better in dry areas and thrive with a mix of sun and shade. They’re a medium-sized shrub reaching only about 4 to 8 feet tall and 120 to 240 centimeters wide.
Western Serviceberry or Saskatoon
The western serviceberry, also known as the saskatoon, has distinct five-petaled, white flowers (with a hint of pink) that are star-shaped. The flowers bloom in mid-spring. At first, the berries produced are red, but then they turn purple-black and are a spherical, sweet fruit. This fruit is edible for humans and ripens in the summer. These berries also attract a variety of wild birds. During the winter months, the berries are eaten by local wildlife, such as moose, deer, and elk.
These trees thrive best in yards that fall along moist woodlands, such as along forest edges and meadows. They generally grow to around 12 feet tall and wide but can grow up to 15 feet tall.
If you’re looking for fruit trees with white flowers to plant in your yard, the above trees are a great place to start. All will give your yard a pop of color. Plus, they grow fruit that’s edible to you or local wildlife. Simply planting a tree in your yard adds warmth and beauty you and your neighbors can enjoy. Planting a tree that produces flowers and fruit, however, will add life and vibrancy to your yard.
As with all trees, we suggest calling in a trained arborist to do the planting and later maintenance for you. By allowing professionals, such as Mr. Tree, to do this, we can assess your yard, suggest which type of tree will work best, and keep your tree healthy and strong for years to come. Additionally, it’s much safer if you allow us to do the work. If you’re interested in planting fruit trees with white flowers in your yard, please give us a call today.