8 Small Trees With Big Curb Appeal

Flowering Dogwood

If you like to use native plants in your yard, the blooming dogwood (Cornus florida) is a great choice. Tyler Hesseltine of The Davey Tree Expert Company says, "Dogwoods are native to most of the eastern United States.

Umbrella Pine

For front yards, evergreen conifers like umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) are always a good choice. "It grows big, thick needles in whorls, and the bark on the trunk turns red and stringy."


Spreading crabapples (Malus) will add a splash of color to your yard. "Crabapples are a curb appeal staple, with their red, pink, or white flowers in the spring and their colorful fruits and leaves in the fall."

Eastern Redbud

Eastern redbuds (Cercis canadensis) bloom before they get leaves, putting on a show of bright pinkish-purple flowers that let you know spring has arrived.They will even flower on the roots of older trees.

Kousa Dogwood

Another dogwood type with great public appeal is the kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), which is interesting all year round. "The kousa dogwood offers a stunning display of delicate pink or white flowers in spring.

Fringe Tree

The fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) yields blue-purple fruits following its fragrant white blossoms in late spring. "This Eastern North American native tree is easy to care for.

Saucer Magnolia

The saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), which is a cross between two other magnolias, will be the star of your early spring garden.This plant does well in wet places and will keep growing new leaves as it ages.

Paperbark Maple

Paperbark maple (Acer griseum) trees are beautiful all around, but people really want to buy them for their bark. "Even young trees will have a golden orange-to-brown, flaky bark that only gets better with age," says the tree's owner.