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4 Excellent Midwestern Flowering Trees to Complement Your Patio

A beautiful flowering tree in the fog

4 Excellent Midwestern Flowering Trees to Complement Your Patio

There are many ways to improve the look and feel of your patio. One way is to surround it with the right amount of trees and shrubs to create focal points. You can then add small flowers whether perennial or annual to complement the larger trees and add balance. 

The flowers do a great job of bringing color to the patio and surrounding landscape.​ However you are not limited to just flowers for adding color. 

Consider using one of these Midwest flowering patio trees listed below​ to bring color to your outdoor living space. I have added a quick rundown of the trees listed below in the table that follows. 

Magnolia

Dogwood

Japanese Maple

Red Bud

Magnolia tree can add color to your patio
Japanese Maple in the mid Fall season
Red bud tree in full bloom

Species

Ann

Constellation

Bloodgood

Eastern

Height

10'

25'

20'

30'

Spread

10'

25'

20'

30'

Sunlight

Partial or Full

Partial or Full

Partial or Full

Partial or Full


Magnolia tree can add color to your patio

Ann Magnolia

Height: 10 Feet

Spread: 10 Feet

Sunlight: Partial or Full Sun

Description:

This is a hybrid magnolia that is selected for its wonderful lavender cup-shaped flowers during early spring. It is a  reasonably compact, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub. Well known for its fragrant flowers.

​This is a relatively low maintenance shrub.  It should only be pruned after flowering. Otherwise you risk losing any of the current season's flowers. Another plus is that it has no significant negative characteristics.

Ornamental Features
  • It starts with fuchsia colored cup shaped flowers in the early spring.
  • Throughout the season the leaves are dark green foliage
  • In the fall expect the leaves to turn coppery-bronze
  • The fruit is not worthy of ornamental value
  • Nothing too fancy about the smooth gray bark
Plant Characteristics
  • This type of shrub is suitable for planting under power lines. Under ideal conditions can live for 50 years or more. It grows at a medium rate.
  • This type of shrub is not to particular ​as to what type of soil it sits in as much as it is the the moisture of it. It will not do good in extremely moist areas and need well drained soil for optimum growth.
  • I would avoid using in urban setting or high traffic areas where pollution is a factor. Does not do good under pollution.​

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Magnolia tree can add color to your patio

Cornus Florida Dogwood

Height: 25 Feet

Spread: 25 Feet

Sunlight: Partial or Full Sun

Description:

This is a stunning late spring-flowering tree. It has lovely white blooms and foliage that transform into a reddish purple in the fall. The flower bracts are more sparse and separated and add a delightful airiness.

Very low maintenance. Great choice for attracting birds to your yard.​

Ornamental Features
  • Covered in eye catching clusters of white flowers in late spring
  • Foliage is green throughout season
  • During the fall the pointy leaves turn a remarkable plum purple color
  • In the winter the peeling bark adds a level of interest
Plant Characteristics
  • ​These types of shrubs have a low clearance from the ground which add to its unique characteristics.
  • Needs average to evenly moist conditions
  • It is slightly tolerant of urban pollution
  • Can be planted in a sheltered location.
  • They will not tolerate standing water.
  • It is very fussy about its soil conditions so it must have acidic soils for optimum growth
  • It is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils.

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Japanese Maple in the mid Fall season

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Height: 30 Feet

Spread: 30 Feet

Sunlight: Partial or Full Sun

Description:

A awesome spring bloom, with very attractive pink to purple flowers tightly held on sparse branches. The leaves are shaped like an irregular heart.  One of the top favorites of many. 

Its coarse shape and texture allow it to stand out from other tree in the garden. Perfect for accenting.

Ornamental Features
  • Rose pea-like flowers on branches from early to mid spring, w
  • They have forest green foliage which transform burgundy in spring.
  • The heart-shaped leaves turn vibrant yellow in fall.
  • The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
  • Nothing fancy about the rough dark brown bark.
Plant Characteristics
  • Deer are not fond of this tree
  • It is prone to disease
  • Can live up to 60 years
  • Prefers moist soil
  • Very highly tolerant of urban polution

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Red bud tree in full bloom

Eastern Redbud

Height: 25 Feet

Spread: 20 Feet

Sunlight: Partial or Full Sun

Description:

One of America most popular trees. It has such an artistic pattern in how it grows. The rich burgundy color adds flare to any garden bed.

Ornamental Features
  • Very attractive burgundy foliage during season and deep purple in spring.
  • The palm-shaped leaves are very ornamental and turn an vibrant red in the fall.
  • It features red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves.
  • Red samaras appear from early to mid fall.
  • The red branches against the rough gray bark add an interesting look.
Plant Characteristics
  • It grows at a slow rate
  • Under ideal conditions it can live for 80 plus years.
  • Low Maintenance
  • It is very particular about soil conditions, preferring rich and neutral soils.

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All the trees mentioned here are low maintenance and a bit on the slower side when it comes to growing. Some are very vibrant when in bloom while other are such year round. Each provide such a unique look for your garden bed and bring color and fragrance to your outdoor living area making a more enjoyable experience.  

David Arroyo

David Arroyo of Strictly Stone started laying brick as a summer job in high school with his father. He went on to study design at the Illinois Institute of Art which allowed him to further develop his expertise and to enhance his artistic eye. To date, David has more than 1,000 brick paving projects under his belt.