10 Yellow Flowering Trees And Shrubs

10 Yellow Flowering Trees And Shrubs

When it comes to colors, yellow is certainly the most cheery of all, which is why many gardeners include at least one shrub with yellow flowers in their landscaping designs. After all, why not take advantage of the possibility to grow more quickly?

Against a dark background, yellow’s brilliance pops out, especially when contrasted with the deep greens of plant leaves or the brown tones of fences, branches, and mulch.

If you want to make sure that your yellow flowers bloom as brilliantly as possible, make sure that your plants are receiving the appropriate amount of sunshine or shade from the sun.

The amount of sunlight that reaches a bloom is frequently the most important factor influencing the outcome of the bloom.

So keep reading to find your new yellow flowering tree or shrub today. We have ten wonderful options so be sure to stick around. 

Yellow Flowers, Trees, And Shrubs We Think You Will Like

Yellow flowers, whether in bloom in the summer or the spring, provide a splash of color to any landscape.

Please read the following list of lovely yellow plants and trees that can brighten even the drabbest of surroundings if you’re looking to add some yellow-flowering shrubs or trees to your yard or garden:

Several of these plants will bloom in the very early spring, giving a nice break from the monotony and grayness of the winter months.

It is important to have the following plants and trees in your area to guarantee that you have a bountiful supply of yellow flowers:

Golden Rain Tree

Golden Rain Tree

This incredibly tall shrub can only be found in Korea, Japan, and China; it is not found anywhere else in the world. A thick mass of golden star-shaped blooms covers the whole plant. Koelreuteria Paniculata flowers in the middle of summer.

In lieu of the fading petals, a cluster of Japanese lantern-shaped fruits stands in their place. It grows best in sunny, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, which is ideal for this yellow shrub.

Despite its attractiveness, the golden rain tree self-sows, which means that, under the right conditions, it may produce a huge number of unwanted seedlings, which can be a nuisance. As a consequence, taking care of this plant might provide some unexpected difficulties.

Yellow Oleander

Yellow Oleander

Even though the yellow oleander is a toxic plant that is native to Mexico and Central America, it is often planted for its magnificent golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers that occur in late summer and early autumn.

Remember that Thevetia Peruviana may grow up to 10 feet tall and needs lots of room to develop and flourish, so make sure you find a spot that is appropriate for it before planting it.

When compared to a standard shrub, it requires more water and will benefit from additional watering, which is particularly crucial during drought circumstances. In addition, misting is strongly recommended for the best results.


Berberis vulgaris

Berberis vulgaris is a hardy shrub with leaves that range in color from green to burgundy and blooms that are yellow-orange. Berberis vulgaris is native to the Mediterranean region.

Despite the fact that it is often grown as a hedge because of its minimal care needs and constant growth pattern, the plant may also be grown in big tubs or pots.

In addition to its high resistance to cold, disease, and pests, this shrub is a striking addition to any garden or landscape. If you’re looking for a vibrant hedge to add to your garden or landscape, this is a shrub to consider.

Golden Currant

Golden Currant

Golden currant is small to a medium-sized shrub that blooms in the spring with golden yellow petals. It is native to the Mediterranean region. Pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are drawn to it by its sweet nectar.

Flower petals are replaced by transparent, delectable berries to give the appearance of freshness. Birds are very fond of these berries. As a result of its rapid growth and fragrant blooms, golden currant is commonly used as a hedge or hedgerow plantation.

Trumpet Vine


Campsis radicans of trumpet vine, when used as a ground cover for fences, walls, and other buildings, produces trumpet-shaped yellow blossoms, making it even another excellent choice for adding a yellow flowering shrub to your landscape.

Due to its rapid and sometimes aggressive development, if left to its own devices, it has the potential to spiral out of control. The vines are tenacious, and they are capable of wreaking havoc on anything and everything that comes into their vicinity.

As a consequence, it is recommended that the trumpet vine’s growth be managed by planting it in a location away from possibly damaged structures. A similar precaution should be used when using it around trees and other plants that you don’t want to strangle.

If maintained under control, it may be used as an attractive cover for ugly walls and fences, as well as a pollinator-friendly plant for the garden.

Yellow Elder

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Tecoma Stan is a vigorous shrub that bears beautiful yellow trumpet-shaped blooms in the spring and summer. It is a reasonably simple plant to cultivate, and it produces a beautiful shrub as a result.

Because of its potential height of 20 feet, it must be trimmed on an annual basis to maintain it at a reasonable size.

There are several uses for this plant, as well as the fact that it is a very adaptable plant, which adds to its allure. It’s a great patio plant, background plant, fence plant, or fence plant for a variety of reasons.

A word of warning to gardeners who have pets or small children: yellow elder is considered to be somewhat poisonous.


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One of the first bloomers in the spring, it is golden in color and one of the first bloomers in the summer. Flowers appear before the leaves of the forsythia shrub, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal of the plant as a whole.

In common with many of the other plants on this page, forsythia serves as a magnet for pollinators such as bees and butterfly larvae, and eggs.

This lovely yellow blooming plant takes little care and blooms constantly throughout the winter, providing a welcome respite from the routine of indoor gardening.

Creeping Oregon Grape

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Mahonia repens is a little evergreen shrub with gorgeous yellow flowers that bloom in the spring. Mahonia repens is native to the Mediterranean region. There are fragrant blossoms on the branches of this flowering shrub, which draws pollinators to the region where it is in bloom.

When the blossoms have gone, the berries that come after them are delicious once they have been picked and dried. Even though this little shrub thrives in the sun, it is not tolerant of lengthy periods of high heat.

The creeping Oregon grape may benefit from irrigation during very dry years, despite the fact that it needs minimal care.

Japanese Barberry

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It is important to note that Berberis thunbergii is a hardy, low-maintenance shrub that may be restricted in certain areas; check with your local authorities to find out whether growing is authorized in your area.

Contrary to the fact that it is invasive, it features yellow blossoms and spherical leaves that range in color from green to rose to burgundy, as well as a burgundy stem.

Despite the fact that this shrub is not dangerous, growing it has one important disadvantage: it attracts ticks, which may spread disease.

Aaron’s Beard

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A little evergreen groundcover shrub that blooms in the spring and summer with cup-shaped yellow flowers, Aaron’s beard is a good choice for small gardens. It takes little maintenance and grows at a quick rate.

Neither the kind of soil nor the quantity of light required by Hypericum calycinum is a very crucial consideration for this plant’s success.

However, even though the fruits of this plant are used medicinally, they are poisonous to humans and should never be taken in large quantities.

How To Look After Your Shrubs?

Eventually, this dense growth obscures the shrub’s structure, prevents blooming, and creates a perfect setting for fungal disease. Pruning them regularly promotes their attractiveness and health.

Pruning plants to regulate their size is ineffective; they will just regrow. Rather than that, provide them with strong stems and healthy leaves to mature.

Professional gardeners structure shrubs throughout the dormant season and then reconfigure them during the growing season, following the spring growth spurt.

Pruning flowering shrubs to shape them after they bloom and before they generate buds for the next year helps you prevent accidentally removing buds and ruining the following year’s bloom.

Throughout the early to mid-summer, shape spring bloomers such as rhododendron, azalea, and forsythia. Summer-blooming crape myrtle and glossy abelia should be shaped in the autumn.

Individual branches should be clipped, with shearing reserved for hedges. The purpose of grooming the shrub is to keep it in check, not to alter its appearance. When correctly made, the bush should resemble the original, but more neatly.

Both deciduous and evergreen trees and plants undergo dormancy. Except for a few tropical trees, this period of rest occurs mostly during the cold winter months.

They suspend active development and live on stored energy during the short days and cold earth. A warm body temperature is beneficial to the body.

When shaping bushes, the best results come from respecting their natural proclivity. Restrict your actions. Recognize that each shrub develops a unique height, profile, and branching pattern as a result of its genetic composition.

Make cuts that encourage the development of these characteristics while preserving the plant’s core nature. Lollipops seem unattractive in the front yard. Leave the more sophisticated techniques of pruning, like topiary, pollarding, and bonsai, to the professionals.

How To Prune Your Plants?

Trimming is less difficult than you would think once you understand the fundamentals, and trimming shrubs at the appropriate time of year can significantly increase their performance.

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Deciduous plants drop their leaves in the winter, allowing food supplies to be diverted to the roots of the plant. When they are clipped in the winter or spring, they have sufficient nutrients to heal and restore balance to their roots and top growth. The summer cutting of the green leaf depletes the nutritional reserves of the plant.

If your deciduous plants bloom from July to October, it is advised that you prune them in the spring. As a result of the increased supply of nutrients to the roots, the roots will swiftly send out new shoots, which will blossom at the tips of the new growth.

Reduce the amount of growth from the previous year to two or three buds above strong, thick stems to offer a sturdy foundation for fresh development.

When it comes to pruning deciduous plants that bloom between November and June, the months of November and June are the best.

When the nutritional value of green leaves is diminished, spring pruning cannot grow vigorously and flawlessly, as is the case with other types of pruning. Flower buds appear on old branches rather than on new ones, which indicates that they are more mature.

Flowering stems should be cut down to a strong upright branch as close to the ground as feasible before blooming begins to appear. Pruning older branches that produce sporadic blooms is beneficial.

Remove one stem for every three that a shrub has; for example, if a shrub has five stems, remove the two tallest and oldest shoots and trim them to a height of 25-45cm (10-18in) above the soil.

Pruning Shrubs

The leaves of evergreen trees and shrubs remain on their branches throughout the winter, and they do not store nutrients in their roots. Plants are more vulnerable to damage during the fall and winter months because pruning might change the root-to-shoot ratio at a period when the plant is less able to recover.

Pruning is most efficient when carried out quickly after blooming has occurred. If the plant requires repair or severe pruning, it is best to do the work in late winter or early spring, when the plant is just starting to develop.

Remove any blooms that are no longer needed and prune the plant down to healthy outward-facing buds.

Remove any damaged, diseased, or old wood, as well as any stray growth that has appeared. Remove stems and branches to reduce congestion and restore the plant’s natural balance to the environment.

Pruning Trees

Pruning trees is necessary for several reasons. Several of these reasons include strengthening the tree’s structure, eliminating dangerous or diseased branches, minimizing shadowing, lowering wind loads, and establishing a buffer zone between the tree and a building.

However, care should be used, as cutting an overly big branch may result in disease entering the tree through the wound/s left behind or may impair the tree’s vitality by removing an excessive quantity of leaf generating material.

After deciding whether to trim or remove a branch, the length of the work must be calculated. Pruning is often carried out when the leaves have ‘flushed’ and grown stiff in late spring or early summer.

However, there are certain limits. Some species, such as Birch, Walnut, and Maple, may ‘bleed’ sap and result in the loss of vital sugars if pruned in early spring; these trees should be trimmed in the summer or mid-winter when this risk is minimized.

Branches originated as buds that developed into twigs and then spread into branches. The branch develops in lockstep with the tree’s annual growth ring, securely tying it to the tree.

This attachment point may have a raised bark strip termed a ‘branch bark ridge’ on the branch’s top and sides, as well as a ‘branch collar’ around the branch’s base.

To remove the branch, begin with a shallow cut at the base and work your way up to a top cut that is outside, or beyond, the underneath cut.

This reduces the likelihood of the branch breaking off the stem and resulting in an unsightly and perhaps destructive wound; the final pruning cut may then be made at the branch bark ridge and branch collar.

When pruning a branch, the last cut along the red dotted line in figure 1 from the branch bark ridge to the branch collar should be made. By sticking to the envisioned red dotted line, the wound will be maintained as close to the parent stem as possible.

When pruning branches without a visible branch collar, care should be used to prevent injuring the branch bark ridge and leaving a tiny diameter incision.

When a large diameter branch is removed, the risk of infection entering the incision increases. Certain fungi and bacteria may enter the tree via these wounds and wreak havoc on the tree’s wooden structure.

While decay is an inevitable part of a tree’s existence, poor pruning may have significant consequences by jeopardizing the tree’s health and structural integrity.


There are a variety of plants that produce yellow flowers. While some species fare well as groundcovers, other species thrive in environments where they have the potential to scale massive buildings.

Depending on the species, some species are even suitable for tree cultivation, while others are not. To put it simply, there is a shrub for every kind of landscape use.

Because some of the yellow shrubs listed above are invasive, toxic, or both, you should do a thorough study before incorporating one of them into your landscape design.

Before planting a shrub, be certain that the climate in your area is conducive to the growth of the particular shrub in question, as well as that the shrub’s soil and light requirements are satisfied.

About The Author

Gina Harper grew up dreaming about farms and growing her own food. She began an urban garden to feed herself and turned it into an incredible hobby. Gina is here to teach you everything from raised beds to container gardening, how to keep plants alive and well in a smoggy city, and the works. It’s time that we carve our own piece of green earth and reap what we sow—she’s here to help you with that.