10 Magnificent Flowering Trees for Maine

Maine is arguably one of the most naturally beautiful US states. It is home to a wide variety of flowering trees that pique the interest of its citizens who want to see those pretty blossoms growing in their gardens. Read on to find out about the most attractive flowering trees in Maine! 

Did you know that forests cover more than 90% of Maine’s land? That is significantly more than the forested land of other US states. The Pine Tree State of Maine has no shortage of natural beauty due to its deep wild woods, rocky coastline, and National Park. Moreover, you can also find abundant natural beauty in Maine’s lovingly crafted gardens and meticulously planned landscape architecture. 

The state offers an abundance of fir, birch, maple, spruce, and white pines. Its gardens are a treasure trove of spectacular, diverse plant species. Given the proliferation of exquisite trees spread all over the state, it’s no surprise that its citizens are always on the lookout to add more variety to their gardens in the form of stunning flowering trees.

After all, who doesn’t want their garden to be decked with floral beauty and no other state can beat the vivacity of Maine’s blooms. It offers its citizens numerous striking flowering trees, including Tree Lilac, Downy Serviceberry, White Fringetree, Korean Mountain Ash, Cucumber Magnolia, Dogwood, and many more. 

If you want to plant any of these beautiful flowering trees, it’s best if you plant them in April and May. These spring months will give your trees and shrubs plenty of time to grow and acclimate during the summer and fall. This way, come winter, your trees will be sturdy enough to withstand the cold winter months and produce breathtaking flowers during the blooming season. 

So, let’s take a look at ten exquisite flowering trees for Maine! 

1. Downy Serviceberry 

  • Amelanchier arborea
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 10-25 ft
Downy Serviceberry
Dan Mullen Downy Serviceberry

Downy Serviceberry is a small deciduous tree that you can plant as a large shrub. It features abundant drooping clusters of slightly fragrant, 5-petaled, white flowers. It also bears small, round, delicious, dark purple or blackberries. The foliage consists of oval green leaves with narrow tips that turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow in fall. This tree thrives in full sun or part shade and prefers moist to dry, well-drained, acidic soils. 

2. Flowering Crabapple

  • Malus sutyzam sugar tyme
  • Flowering in: Mid Spring to Late Spring
  • Height: 20-40 ft
A Flowering Crabapple Tree
Apple Cat A Flowering Crabapple Tree

Flowering Crabapple is an upright, deciduous, oval tree. It features pale pink buds that bloom into fragrant white flowers. The tree also bears small, glossy, red crabapples. Its foliage is dark green, slender, indented, and ovate. It’s a fairly drought-tolerant tree but prefers to grow in well-drained, adequately moist, acidic loans in full sun. 

3. Tree Lilac

  • Syringa reticulata
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 20-30 ft
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Yay Japanese tree lilac (syringa reticulata) full of flowers in the springtime.

Japanese Tree Lilac is a small tree or large shrub with an oval-rounded crown. It features fragrant, creamy white flowers that bloom in large upright clusters. It has an attractive reddish-brown bark and sharply-tipped, ovate dark green leaves. It prefers to grow in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils and full sun, but it can tolerate light shade. 

4. White Fringetree

  • Chionanthus virginicus
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 12 to 20 ft
A white fringetree Chionanthus virginicus
Cephas A white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Native to the eastern US, White Fringetree is a deciduous small tree or shrub with a spreading, rounded habitat. It features a spectacular array of fringe-like, creamy white flowers that bloom in drooping clusters. The wide, spear-shaped foliage turns yellow in fall. This tree also bears olive-like, dark, bluish-black fruits. It grows in moist, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade, and adapts well to urban settings. 

5. Sourwood 

  • Oxydendrum arboreum
  • Flowering in: Summer
  • Height: 25-30 ft
Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum
Msact Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

Also known as Sorrel Tree, Sourwood is a deciduous understory tree native to the eastern US. It features a tall, slender trunk and an oblong, narrow crown with glossy, finely-toothed green leaves that turn crimson red in fall. It features waxy, terminal, fragrant white flowers that bloom on drooping, one-sided clusters. It thrives in full sun and prefers moist, organically rich, acidic, well-drained soils. This tree is intolerant of drought and urban pollution. 

6. Korean Mountain Ash

  • Sorbus alnifolia
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 10-30 ft
Sorbus alnifolia
Jean-Pol GRANDMONT Sorbus alnifolia

Korean Mountain Ash is a small, deciduous, densely-branched, ornamental flowering tree. It features striking creamy white, 5-petaled flowers that grow in dense, flattened clusters. It also has beech-like, ovate, and lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves that turn orange on fall. This tree bears a pinkish-red to crimson red fall fruit. It thrives in acidic, moist, well-drained soils and full sun. It’s somewhat intolerant of urban pollution and cannot handle hot and humid summer conditions. 

7. Cucumber Magnolia

  • Magnolia acuminata
  • Flowering in: Mid Spring
  • Height: 49-66 ft
Magnolia acuminata
Huhulenik Magnolia acuminata

Also known as the cucumber tree, Cucumber Magnolia is a deciduous, straight-trunked tree native to eastern North America. It produces slightly-fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers that resemble tulips. It also bears a green, warty, cucumber-like fruit. This tree has a pyramidal crown of ovate, pointy-edged yellow-green leaves that turn gold in fall. It thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained loams in full sun and part shade. It’s intolerant of many urban pollutants.  

8. Honeysuckle

  • lonicera
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 6-15 ft

Native to Japan, Bush Honeysuckle is an ornamental, deciduous, densely-branched, understory shrub that’s spread all over Maine and other parts of the US. It features fragrant, tubular, creamy-white flowers that turn yellow with age. It also has oblong or oval, dull medium green leaves. This tree bears juicy red berries that attract small mammals and birds. It thrives in full sun and part shade and prefers adequately moist, organically rich, well-drained soils. 

9. Dogwood

  • Cornus
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 15-20 ft
Cornus florida.
H. Zell Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida).

Native to Maine and other parts of the US, Flowering Dogwood is a small, low-branching deciduous tree. It has a broadly-pyramidal crown with a flat top and oval dark green leaves that turn red in fall. It produces tiny, compact, yellow-green flower clusters that are surrounded by four, wide, flat, petal-like bracts that give the appearance of a flower. This tree also bears bitter and inedible bright red fruits. It grows best in full sun to part shade and likes well-drained, organically rich, moist, and acidic soils. 

10. Cherry Blossom

  • Prunus serrulata
  • Flowering in: Spring
  • Height: 15-25 ft
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JumpStory Cherry Tree in blossom.

Commonly known as Japanese flowering cherry, Cherry Blossom is a medium-sized tree that produces ovate green leaves that turn bronze, red, and yellow in fall. It also produces showy, non-fragrant white and pink flowers that grow in single, double, and semi-double forms. It thrives in part shade and full sun and prefers moist, fertile, well-drained loams.