Nice flowering trees include quince trees, pears, cherries and magnolias. Some of these trees also produce fruit. The quince and pear are related, and the fruit looks like a cross between an apple and a pear.
The quince tree, which is native to southwest Asia, grows to between 16 and 26 feet tall with a 13- to 20-foot spread. The five petaled flowers have five petals, are about 2 inches across, and are pink or white. Quinces grown for their flowers are members of the Cydonia, Pseudocydonia and Chaenomeles genera.
Ornamental pear trees are popular for their abundance of showy white flowers, which arrive in winter and earliest spring in most varieties. Though they are grown as ornamentals, these types of trees do produce small fruit in the summer.
Cherries that are strictly grown for their flowers are usually native to Asia, especially Japan. The cherry trees that border the tidal basin in Washington D.C. were gifts from the people of Japan. The flowers, which can be pink, white or shades of lavender, come in the spring. They are often seen in parks and botanical gardens.
Magnolias, which are widely grown in the American South, can be deciduous or evergreen. Their large blossoms come in shades of white, yellow, pink, red or purple. Some are towering, with a spread of 40 feet or more, while others, such as the sweet bay, are small enough for modest gardens.