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Gift Trees – Buying & Growing Guide

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on December 2, 2021

If you need to find the perfect gift for a plant lover, one of your best options is to buy them a lovely tree they can enjoy for years on end. Gift trees come in many forms, most of which will serve as a fantastic ornamental feature for the recipient. Read on to learn about some of the best gift tree varieties.

Types of Gift Trees

Type Growing Zone Mature Height Harvest Season Sun Features
Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida 5-9 15-30 feet August to September Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Impressive spring flower, attractive branching habit, and admirable fall color
Japanese maple, Acer palmatum 5-8 10-25 feet None Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Reddish foliage for most of the year, interesting leaf shape

Amelanchier canadensis

4-8 25-30 feet June to July Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Early season flowers are white, and form is quite graceful
Eastern redbud, Cercis canadensis 4-8 20-30 feet None Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Large heart-shaped leaves, vibrant purple flowers in spring
Meyer lemon, Citrus x meyeri 9-11 6-10 feet November to March Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Small indoor plant, white flowers, and consistent fruit production
Flowering crabapple, Malus ‘Sutyzam’ Sugar Thyme 4-8 14-18 feet None Full sun: 6-8 hours Great flowering tree, moderate size
Thundercloud flowering plum, Prunus cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ 5-8 15-25 feet May to October Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Dark purple leaves and equally eye-catching flowers
Crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia ‘Choctaw’ 6-9 3-18 feet None Full sun: 6-8 hours Year-round interest from flowers and bark
Miss Kim lilac, Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’ 3-8 4-9 feet none Full sun: 6-8 hours Bold fragrant flowers, medium heart-shaped leaves

How to Grow Gift Trees

Growing a gift tree is a lot like planting any other type of tree. The main difference is that you should be highly selective in choosing a planting location for a gift tree. Find an area where your gift tree can stand out as a prized garden focal point. Try planting your gift tree in an open lawn space where it can attract attention. Or try situating your gift tree so you can see it through the window of one of your popular indoor living spaces. In either case, you and your guests will have a full view of your gift tree and plenty of opportunities to appreciate it.