Looking for a way to spice up your yard this spring? It may be in your best interest to skip out on the expensive, smaller flowers and really make a worthwhile investment for your yard that you can enjoy for countless years in the future: A flowering tree.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map, Rhode Island falls under Zone 6, which means the average extreme minimum temperature in the area is between -10 and -5 degrees F. Fortunately for homeowners in the area, there are a number of trees which can endure winter temperatures such as these.

The Tulip Tree: This little tree thrives well between Zones 5 to 9 and offers up gorgeous early summer yellow flowers. These cup-shaped blossoms are small yet robust and will bloom for long periods of time. The only drawback is that most types of tulip trees won’t flower for at least a decade.

Cherry Tree: A common tree throughout the U.S., the Cherry Tree features tiny light pink blossoms in the spring months that eventually provide the delicious fruit. Although more common in the Southern states, these trees still thrive in Zones 2 through 10.

The Fringe Tree: This often overlooked flowering tree reveals sweet-scented white flowers in late spring and loves temperatures that fall between Zones 3 to 9. Many home owners may opt out of planting this one because it generally grows very slowly, but the blossoms are worth the wait time.

Flowering Dogwood: Although these flowering trees are very picky when it comes to temperature and humidity, they still manage to live within Zones 5 through 8. Be sure to plant them in areas with plenty of sunlight in order to prevent disease and insect pests. Contact your professional landscaping company in Rhode Island and they can help map out where to put your new tree.

Crabapple Tree: Another common site in Northeastern states — and for good reason! These hardy flowering trees offer up beautiful, deep violet blossoms. Watch the Crabapple Tree go from blossom, to leaves, to fruit by late fall. Many landscaping companies also offer up pest resistant varieties.

Have an idea of what kind of tree you want but aren’t sure where to put it in your yard? Contact Premier Landscape so they can help you map out your new backyard landscape!