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20 Pink Flowering Shrubs & Trees

To add some beauty to your garden, you should grow shrubs or trees to it. But to make it more special, you should add flowering ones, so these can bring colors to your landscape.

If you are looking for some ideas on how to add more color to your garden, then you can choose one of the above trees or shrubs that have pink flowers. The pink color will draw attention to your landscape for sure.

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In this article, I brought together 20 pink flowering shrubs and trees that can be grown in your garden or in your home.

1. Hibiscus

Hibiscus has several hundred species and is a member of the Malvaceae plant family. This is a deciduous or evergreen shrub, depends on the climate where this is grown.

Loves the full sun and the heat; therefore, if you want to grow it in your garden, in colder climates that will die every winter. You can then grow it in a pot, and bring it inside during the winter.

Hibiscus needs a minimum temperature of 7-10°C / 45-50°F. So, you can have your Hibiscus plant outside during summer, and indoors during winter.

The soil for the hibiscus has to be moist all the time but well-drained and not wet.

Annual pruning will keep it bushy and will enhance the flowering, and you should repot the plant every couple of years.

Hibiscus has large, trumpet-like flowers that are very showy and can be in a large range of colors. The color of the flower depends on the variety of the Hibiscus plant.

The most popular pink-flowered Hibiscus varieties are Seminole Pink, Yoder Pink, Luna Rose, Lady Baltimore, Pink Chiffon, Miami Lady, Dainty, Flamingo, Peachblow.

The list could continue because there are so many pink varieties, but these are popular and time tested. You cannot go wrong with any of these varieties.

2. Rose

Roses are perennial plants that are part of the Rosaceae family. Most roses are native to Asia, some of them are native to North America and a few to Europe and northwest Africa.

They come in many sizes, and varieties, also colors. You can choose between climbing roses, floribunda roses, hedging roses, shrubs and hybrid tea roses.

These plants are not difficult to grow, however, they need some attention from you. Roses are prone to get infected by several diseases such as different fungi, rust and aphids as well.

A rose plant can also be expensive, depending on its variety, however, this can last for many years if you provide the needed conditions.

Pink roses can come in many pink shades. From light pink to deep, bright and vibrant pink. It is hard to choose which is the most beautiful and which variety is the most loved one.

There are a lot of pink rose varieties, and these are a few of them, which I love: Noble Rose Beverly, Climbing Rosarium Uetersen Rose, English Rose Gertrude Jekyll, Noble Rose Frederic Mistral, Ground Cover Rose Heidetraum, Bedding Rose Pomponella, Ballerina Rose, American Beauty Rose Flower, Jaque Cartier Rose (Rosa Marchesa Bocella).

As I said, these are only a few of the many pink roses. It is hard to choose, but I hope you will find the best one for your garden.

3. Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is an evergreen shrub, which can be in bloom for several months if the conditions are right.

This plant is native to Brazil; therefore, it needs full sun and a frost-free environment. So, if you live in a cold climate, you can grow it outside only during the summer. For winter you must bring it indoors or in a greenhouse.

Bougainvillea doesn’t like harsh winters. This can tolerate temperatures as low as 2°C/ 35°F, but it will be stressed. The ideal winter temperatures for Bougainvillea are between 7-10°C/ 44-50°F.

The flowers of Bougainvillea can be found in many colors such as purple, mauve, red, yellow, apricot, however, the pink color is the most popular when it comes to this plant.

Bougainvillea flowers are actually colorful bracts that are paper-thin and are surrounding a cluster of central true flowers, which are small and white.

You can see pink Bougainvillea in many hot countries climbing up fences, walls, over pergolas or forming hedge-like boundaries.

As I said, this plant can come in many colors, but with the Bougainvillea ‘Snow Purple’, which has pink-purple bracts and with the Bougainvillea ‘Temple Fire’ with fuchsia-pink bracts you will attract all the eyes to your garden.

4. Hydrangea

Hydrangea is a shrub that has large, colorful flowers. These flowers can come in many colors, such as pink, blue, white, purple, even red and green. Hydrangea blooms during summer into fall.

Some varieties are small, around 3 feet/90 cm tall and wide and some varieties can reach up to 4.5 meters/ 15 feet tall and 3.6meters/ 12 feet wide.

Hydrangeas bloom best when they are growing in partial shade, however, some varieties can tolerate full sun, not the hot sun though. If the sunshine is too hot, then the leaves will wilt or can get dry.

Hydrangeas also love plenty of water. You should never leave their soil dry out completely. Especially if these are grown in containers. Daily watering is required, otherwise, the blooming will be compromised.

As I mentioned above, Hydrangeas come in many colors. These can bloom in one color and can change as they age or the soil changes its characteristics.

Did you know that you can change blue Hydrangeas to pink color? If you change the soil pH 6.0 to 6.5, this turns pink or purple.

However, it is more difficult to turn pink flowers into blue ones, which needs a soil pH of 5.5.

These few pink Hydrangea varieties are my beloved ones: Miss Saori, Intermedia, Zorro and Preziosa.

5. Barberries

Barberry Shrub is low maintenance, hardy deciduous bush, that is often used as foundation bush and landscape shrub.

There are many varieties of Barberries, and some of them can be very invasive in some areas, so before planting it, you should check if it is invasive or native in your area.

Barberries love full sun and eventually partial shade, also, moist, but well-drained soil.

Barberries’ flowers are yellow or orange in color, but if you want the pink color in your garden, then you should consider the Japanese barberry ‘Rose Glow’. This has purple young leaves that are irregularly marbled with pink and white, later purple all over. The flowers are followed by red berries.

6. Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles is part of the Rosaceae family and is native to Northern Asia. It is also known as Flowering Quince, Japanese Quince or Ornamental Quince.

Chaenomeles is a deciduous shrub that has spiny branches with glossy green, simple leaves. The flowers of Chaenomeles are waxy and bowl-shaped and can be found in red, pink, white and orange colors. The flowers appear before the leaves.

This plant blooms during early spring and then from the flowers will remain sweet-scented green or yellow fruits that ripen in fall.

The most popular pink Chaenomeles is the Chaenomeles x Superba ‘Pink Lady’, but there are other lovely varieties such as ‘Hever Castle’, ‘Knap Hill Scarlet’, and ‘Umbilicata’.

7. Weigela

Weigela is low maintenance, deciduous shrub, that can boost up your landscape, no matter what color it is.

However, some of the varieties can grow 3 meters/ 10 feet in height and width, so it needs lots of space. The roots also need space for growing.

Weigela grows best in full sun but can do well in partial shade as well. In terms of soil, this plant likes fertile, well-drained soil but needs moisture for proper growth.

The flowers of Weigela can bloom from late spring to late summer. These are growing in clusters and have a funnel shape. Weigela flowers can have white, yellow, pink or red colors.

The two pink varieties that I can recommend, especially if you don’t have a lot of space in your garden, are Weigela florida ‘Variegata’ and Weigela florida ‘Pink Poppet’. These two have pink flowers and are not growing so big because they are dwarf varieties.

8. Abeliophyllum

Abeliophyllum is native to Korea and is a deciduous shrub. This plant is related to the well-known Forsythia. The only thing it differs between these two is the color of their flowers.

Abeliophyllum has white or pale pink flowers. This blooms in the early spring, before the leaves are growing, and have a strong fragrance.

The foliage has a purple shade during the fall, so this makes it even more catchy for the eyes.

Abeliophyllum distichum Roseum is the pink variety of this plant. This loves full sun and moist but well-drained soil. This variety grows up to 1.5 meters/ 5 feet in height and width.

9. Cherry Plum (Prunus Cerasifera)

Cherry Plum (Prunus Cerasifera) is native to Europe and Western Asia and is a deciduous tree that is often used as a street tree because of its ornamental feature. It is also the first tree that blooms in spring.

This tree can grow up to 8 meters/ 26 feet, blooms in the early spring and the flowers are often followed by edible plum fruits that can be yellow, red or green.

The flowers can be white or pink, and the foliage can be green or dark-purple, depending on the variety.

One of the pink-flowered and purple-leafed Cherry Plum varieties is the ‘Pissardii’ Tree and another one I can recommend is the Prunus Cerasifera ‘Nigra’. These two varieties can really give your landscape a unique look and you can also enjoy the tasty fruits freshly or even preserved.

10. Bird Cherry (Prunus Padus)

Bird Cherry is native to northern Europe and northern Asia. This is also a deciduous tree, that has fragrant blossoms in April and then bitter, black fruits.

Its foliage can be green or purple, depending on the variety, and the color of the flowers can be white or light pink.

The fruits can be eaten by birds or other animals, but it is not recommended to be consumed by humans.

Bird Cherry trees can tolerate lots of water in the soil; therefore, in wildlife, it can be often found in wet woodlands and stream edges.

The pink-flowered and purple-leafed Bird Cherry variety is the Prunus Padus Colorata, which is flowering in April and May and can grow up to 25 meters/ 82 feet in height.

11. Tamarix Parviflora

Tamarix Parviflora, also known as Small-flowered tamarisk, Smallflower tamarisk or Early tamarisk is a deciduous shrub or small tree. Small-flowered tamarisk is native to the Mediterranean region, central Asia and northern China.

It has bright green leaves on purple stems and light pink, densely clustered, tiny flowers. Tamarix Parviflora blooms in late spring and early summer.

It also grows slowly, which means this matures in 10 to 20 years. When it is completely mature, Tamarix Parviflora can reach a height of 5 meters/ 16 feet and a spread of 6 meters/ 19 feet.

Grows best in full sun and sandy soil tolerates strong winds but not the cold and drying ones. This plant loves the coastal areas and needs to be sheltered if you live in a very cold wintery climate.

This is also a low maintenance decorative plant, that is disease and pest free and can be an upgrade to your landscape.

12. Tamarix Tetrandra

Tamarix Tetrandra is similar to Tamarix Parviflora, but it is slightly smaller when it matures.  Its high and spread can be between 2,5- 4 meters/ 8-13 feet. These two are in the same family, but the flowers look and grow different on the branches.

Tamarix Tetranda is also a deciduous shrub that grows to a tree, has pink flowers and is blooming during late spring and early summer.

This tree loves the coastal areas but will grow well in other areas where it can get full sun and it can get shelter from cold and drying winds.

The fluffy pale pink flowers will create a feathery, airy effect in your garden and will be in the spotlight.

13. Black Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)

Black Elderberry is a deciduous shrub that has many uses. It is often used as a decorative shrub for different types of gardens, its flowers can be used for refreshers, and its fruits have many health benefits; therefore, these are used in medicines and other consumables.

Elderberries prefer partial shade, cool and moist places. When planting your elderberry bush, try to avoid places where this would be too hot and dry.

This needs plenty of space, so even when you are planting it, and the plant is still small, please, remember that an elderberry bush can grow up to 2 meters/ 6 feet in height and 3,5 meters/ 12 feet in width.

Black Elderberries are very hardy and low maintenance. Even if you cut back too much, or someone is trying to get rid of it, this keeps growing back.

The flowers bloom in May and June, and the fruits ripen in August and September. The color of the flowers is white or pink, and the fruits have dark blue or black color.

If you want a decorative and pink shrub, then the best Black Elderberry variety is the ‘Black Lace’. This has pink flowers and dark purple, almost black foliage, that turns rich-red in autumn.

14. Shrubby Cinquefoil

Shrubby Cinquefoil, also known as Potentilla fruticose is a deciduous shrub that is native to northern parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Northern Asia.

This prefers full sun but can grow very well in partial shade. It needs constantly moist, but not wet soil which has to be well-drained.

The most popular Shrubby Cinquefoil is the yellow-flowered one, but you can also find it in other colors such as white, pink and purple.

It has a long blooming season, from late spring to the first frost; therefore, it is used as an ornament plant in beds, borders and hedges.

As it is pest, disease and deer resistant, it is often used around vegetable gardens as a fence or protection.

One of the pink varieties that I recommend is the ‘Pink Beauty’ which has deep pink flowers and small, green and pinnate leaves.

‘Pink Beauty’ grows as big as 0.5-1 meters/ 1.6-3 feet when it matures. This grows slowly, so its maturing time can be between 5 to 10 years.

15. Paul’s Scarlet English Hawthorn

‘Pauls Scarlet’ is part of the genus Crataegus and the Rosaceae family. This is a deciduous tree that is great as an ornament tree in every green area and will grow well in any condition or soil, such as coastal, polluted, exposed or damp sites.

The leaves of this tree are glossy green and simple rounded and have variable sizes. The flowers are fully double and are very showy with their scarlet, pinkish color.

This tree can grow quite big, 4-8 meters/ 13-26 feet, however, it takes around 20-50 years to mature and to grow this big.

This tree will be definitely the best choice if you want to bring life to your garden, as you will attract many birds and pollinator insects with its dense crown and lovely flowers that bloom in mid to late spring.

16. Crab Apple (Malus Purpurea)

Crab Apple is a small tree or can be considered even a large shrub. It is perfect to grow in small gardens, where you don’t have too much space for large trees.

During spring, Malus Purpurea Crap Apple trees bloom in pink or purple color and these flowers are very popular among pollinators. During fall, these little trees will provide rich colors through their fruits and foliage.

Malus Purpurea Crap Apple grows very well in full sun or partial shade and mostly in all conditions, except wet soil.

‘Crimson Cascade’ and ‘Neville Copeman’ are two of the purple/pink Crab Apple tree’s varieties. These two are the most popular pink-flowered Crab Apple trees.

17. Meyer Lilac

Meyer Lilac is one of the most popular shrubs when it comes to pink and purple color for gardens. This is a deciduous shrub that can grow in height up to 1.5 meters/ 5 feet but can get very big in terms of spread, and that can be around 3.5 meters/ 12 feet.

Meyer Lilac blooms in late May and provides sweetly-fragrant, lilac-pink flowers. The foliage is dark green and becomes reddish-bronze in fall.

This shrub is a low maintenance shrub, that needs full sun and dry to medium, well-drained soil.

Tolerates light shade, but will produce fewer flowers. The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators and the whole shrub is deer resistant. Meyer Lilac can be good shrub borders and hedges.

18. Redflower Currant

Redflower Currant is also known as Blood Currant or Pink-flowered Currant. It is a deciduous shrub that grows somewhere between 1.2 and 3 meters/ 4 and 10 feet.

Its foliage is fragrant and the flowers can be white, red or pink and are blooming in spring, while the leaves are dark green.

If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, then this is a shrub you must plant in it. Redflower Currant’s flowers also attract butterflies and bees.

The fruits of the Redflower Currant, which are purple-black, can be consumed by animals and humans also. So, you don’t only enjoy a beautiful flowering shrub, but also can enjoy its fruits after the flowers are gone.

19. Bird-in-a-bush

Bird-in-a-bush or Corydalis, Spring Fumewort is a perennial bush, native to Europe.

The flowers are tubular, two-lipped and light purple. There can be up to 20 flowers on a stem. This plant blooms in spring and the whole plant vanish soon after the flowers are gone.

Growing about 25 cm/ 10 inches in height, the leaves of Bird-in-a-bush are divided and grey-green.

This plant is great for woodland gardens, rock gardens as it likes the moist, shadier areas.

20. Darley Dale Winter Heath

Darley Dale Winter Heath is a vigorous shrub with pink flowers. It is loved because of its long blooming season, which is from November to April. The foliage is evergreen, needle-like and has creamy tips in spring.

Grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It is easy to grow and requires minimal attention.

It attracts bees and other pollinators and it is deer resistant.

Darley Dale Winter Heath grows as high as 45 cm/ 18 inches and 90 cm/ 36 inches wide.

This plant is perfect to grow as ground cover, in wildlife gardens, rock gardens or low maintenance gardens.

Wrap Up

This is my pink-flowered shrubs and trees list. Most of them are low maintenance and easy to grow.

I hope you can choose one of these for your garden so you can enjoy the beauty of their lovely flowers.

Updated: August 2, 2021

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