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Looking for large flowering/interesting tree suggestions:)


I’m new to the forum and really hoping to get some sought after advice.  

I’m looking to plant a tree with my large garden- ideally growing to 10 metres plus and with flowering or colour interest to it 

does anyone have any suggestions? 

I’m new to gardening so search on the internet myself and left me feeling overwhelmed! 

Looking forward to any suggestions 

many thanks 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,827
    It's important to consider width as well as height.   Plenty of flowering trees about but your choice will depend also on the soil you have, the aspect and exposure to rain, wind, frosts and so on.

    Tell us more and then we can narrow down the choices.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,965
    Red horse chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) is a large tree, less usual than the white flowered one. 
    Do you like flowering cherries? Prunus ‘Tai-Haku’ is one of the bigger ones, spreading quite wide too, with white flowers in spring.
    Albizia will get to about 6m tall. It has fluffy pink flowers. Needs a sheltered place in the sun.
    Or you could go for variegated leaves, like Acer platanoides "Drummondii" or Acer negundo "Flamingo" which has pink tinged leaves.

    Bear in mind that it will take some time for a tree to grow big.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • The garden is very large therefore width in addition to height could accommodate larger trees 

    as I’m wishing to plant on the boundary, the area is partial shade for parts of day and partial light. It is not too exposed to wind 

    I hope this information helps? 

    Many thanks 

  • Sorry. I should of mentioned. I am based in South Wales. 
    So typical Uk seasons with no extreme weather or frost 

  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Have you tried their search filters are very good. There are so many we can suggest but you need to see a photo and also whether you can get hold of them and cost.
    Most trees are bought as 6 to 7ft tall as they establish better but to get to 10m you are looking at maybe 10 years and if it grows faster than that it probably won't stop ( leylandi being one)
  • I have an Arbitzia, it's a lovely tree. I would highly recommend it. This one has been in the garden about 10 years of and was very small when planted.

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  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 784
    If planting on the boundary of the garden, then you really do need to seriously think about the mature spread as a good proportion of this will be growing over your boundary and into your neighbours garden. 

    This may not be an issue for some time, but it would be a shame to find that your tree is being chopped back on your neighbours side because they don’t want it in their garden. This is happening to one of my neighbours and the result is she’s unhappy because her tree is getting cut back and looks lopsided (when it loses it leaves in winter) and the neighbour is unhappy because they don’t want the tree in their garden and are having to look at the chopped back branches 🙄
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  • Grew mine from seed but one of the nicer trees for flowers and the colour of its fruit I have seen is cornus capitata and it also looks nice and green at the moment. Another I have that might be easier to find is Tilia cordata which has flowers and grows fairly big. I agree with the suggestion for red flowered horse chestnut someone posted already as being one of the best big trees for flowers. Also not with very noticeable flowers but with good autumn leaf coulour and shape is the Japanese zelkova.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,827
    Agree with @Butterfly66.  Your planting position need to be at a distance form your boundary of half its eventual spread or diametre.

    I don't think albizzia julibrissin will do well in South Wales as it won't like extremely wet and cold winters nor get enough sun and heat in summer.  Sweet chestnut would be OK tho the conkers can be lethal to any tyres passing below.  We had one in our first, rented Belgian garden and had to repair the mower tyres several times.

    I'd go for natives such as sorbus which have good blossom in spring and then berries in autumn as well as good foliage form and colour thru the seasons.  

    For something more unusual and a bit showy try Liriodendron which has interesting foliage and flowers - of the Foxglove tree -

    A wedding cake tree would also be good  if you have the space to let it show off its layered branches - 

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,325
    Just a word of warning about horse chestnuts- nearly every one round here gets badly affected by the leaf miner, making them very unsightly from August to November.  Its spreading to Wales too, More info here:
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