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How to Add Colour, Shape and Texture to Your Yard with Ornamental Trees

Ornamental trees are small trees and create a focal point in your yard.

Ornamental or flowering trees are smaller than shade trees, not growing more than 25 feet.  They usually flower, have attractive foliage or stand out in some way that would make them a focal point.  Some people call them window trees because you wouldn’t want to miss a minute of their beauty and should be planted outside your window.

We are lucky to have so many to choose from here in Southern Ontario that are hardy and require little maintenance.  Their magnificence may lead one to believe they are a lot of work but it may surprise you to learn that most are very easy to care for. Some will have incredible impact in the spring then transition into interesting summer foliage while others flower all summer.  We have early bloomers and late bloomers, contorted or coloured branching, small flowers, large flowers and leaves of every description, just to name a few attributes that may intrigue you.  The size, shape, colours and textures of ornamental trees can create endless possibilities.

A few of our favourites would be:

  • Ornamental Fruit Trees
  • Japanese Lilac
  • Japanese Maples
  • Magnolia
  • Serviceberry

Or you might want to try some of the Tree Form (Standard) varieties

  • Flowering Almond
  • Euonymus
  • European Hazelnut
  • Hydrangea
  • Lilac
  • Mulberry
  • Pea Shrub
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Sandcherry
  • Viburnum
  • Wisteria

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