If you select the right trees for front yards, you can dramatically change the entire look of the front garden. The right tree adds height to the garden design and gives a point of architectural focus to the rest of the garden design. The next step is to find a tree that can coexist in such a small garden and one that will also look aesthetic for the entire year to the front yard landscape.

Trees For Front Yards

When selecting the most appropriate trees for front yards it is advisable to think about what one wants from the tree. Are you planting the tree to provide shade and screen from neighbors or would you like your tree to be the focal point of your front yard? If you want to know more about privacy trees read our previous blog What Are the Fast-Growing Privacy Trees for Your Garden. Is there some kind of plant you are searching for something that attracts attention and can be planted outdoors or maybe the opposite, something that is attractive but does not need to be trimmed frequently, and does not lose its leaves in the Fall? Also, consider size as you are probably going to be considering trees for small gardens not those for large spaces. This also means considering the conditions of your front yard what kind of soil do you have is it a north-facing garden or a south-facing garden plot, do you have extreme heat in summer and cold winters? All of these factors will affect the tree’s continued health and, therefore, its overall aesthetics a sick, sagging tree can hardly be considered one of the best trees for front yards. Some trees you can plant in your front yard are:

Purple Glory Flowering Tree

Tibouchina granulosa or the Purple Glory Tree, also popularly referred to as Princess Flower, is an excellent flowering tree variety. It is recognized because of its beautiful purple flowers. Within the Tibouchina genus, this grows as a tree with big, bright flowers and attractive, dark green leaves that persist all year round. The creation of nectar and pollen, benefits local butterflies, bees, or any pollinator insect population that is helpful for ecosystems. The usual height range of this tree is 15 to 25 feet; therefore, this tree is perfect when grown in medium-sized gardens or when used to accentuate large gardens. Originating from tropical and subtropical areas, this plant grows best in full sun to shade and requires sandy-loam or loamy soil and moderate watering. However, it can be grown in containers and taken indoors in such areas that experience severe winter. Also read Top 10 Fast-Growing Privacy Trees for Your Garden

Ceiba Speciosa Floss Silk Pink Flowering Tree

The Ceiba speciosa or the Floss Silk or the Drunken Tree is a beautiful and large tree species found in the Amazon region of South America and northern Argentina. Drawing much attention because of its pink to red flowers that can be seen from the late spring up to the early summer, this deciduous tree plays an eye-popping role in any landscape. It has a thick bottle-shaped trunk with spines and this tree has green foliage making it a perfect shade and ornamental tree. Best suited to be planted as the main feature in gardens cities and suburbs it grows in all types of soil and dry conditions making it even more advantageous. If you are planning to include this rather peculiar tree in the project, we are ready to assist you. Read more about "Shade Haven: Welcoming the Beauty of Shade-Loving Plants".

Chinese Fringe Tree

Mid-spring has clouds of narrow white petals and shiny green leaves with a Chinese fringe tree which is scientifically known as Chionanthus retusus. The bark gives this alligator skin kind of look, which is good in fall and winter when the foliage is down. As for the problems, it can develop a disease known as leaf spot, especially when the spring is wet; however, most of the leaves that are infected will eventually fall, and the healthier ones will bring out the shine of this tree.

Red Lotus Tree

The Red Lotus Tree, also known as Magnolia X soulangeana, is one of the nicest plants for any garden. This is a deciduous tree with tulip-shaped flowers that are deep red to pink in colour and bloom very early in spring before leafing out. It is a feature plant high in beauty without a strong fragrance. This moderately sized, graceful tree gives addition, beauty, and shade in almost any garden style. It is going to thrive in highly varying soils and climates, making it therefore a low-maintenance plant when trying to add beauty to any landscape.

Crepe Myrtle

Among the plants that excel in hot, dry summer is the crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp. ). With such a variety one can come across the right colour and size that will suit the garden in the best way possible. This tree is one of the latter flowering trees to produce leaves In June, July, and August, large panicles of flowers range from white to many shades of red and purple. In the fall some of the leaves are orange and the panicles turn from flowers to small, rounded capsules. Even in winter, crepe myrtle has appeal since its cinnamon-brown bark peels and becomes even darker.


Another tree is flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) which carries white, yellow or pink flowers in early spring. This understory tree of eastern North America has fragrant flowers that will bring butterflies and bees to your yard, and songbirds to eat the red fruits from fall to winter. Flowering dogwood grows in wooded borders and can be somewhat difficult to establish in a garden situation; however, the tree is truly a beauty.


The right trees in front of a yard add beauty by providing height and architectural interest to the place. Purple Glory Tree, Floss Silk Tree, Chinese Fringe Tree, Red Lotus Tree, Crepe Myrtle, and Flowering Dogwood are all wonderful in their way. Consider your individual needs regarding shading, points of interest, and low upkeep while keeping particular yard conditions in mind, such as soil and climate. Careful tree selection for taste and environment will offer you a wonderful view at the front yard that is sure to fascinate everyone's eyes right through each season of the year.