Spring is upon us and many are looking forward to the budding of new trees, the smell of blossoms in the air and the warm weather. If you love the look of a flowering tree and want something beyond fruit trees, here are some of the top trees that flower.
1. Flowering Dogwood - This is a small tree, from 20 to 50 feet tall and about 35 feet across. The standard size is around 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Size varies with climate. It has a short trunk, rounded crown and horizontal branches. It blooms in the spring and remains showy for 2 to 3 weeks in colors of snow white or pink. It's leaves turn reddish-purple in fall. The Flowering Dogwood is known as one of the most popular ornamental specimen trees in eastern North America.
2. Eastern Redbud - This flowering tree is also small in that it reaches only 20 to 30 feet with a 20 to 30 foot rounded crown. It opens in early spring and its flowers are reddish purple in bud to rosy-pink. The leaves are heart-shaped and emerge after the flowers. The Red Bud tree is also referred to as the Judas tree as it dates back to biblical times. These trees also have low water requirements and have a high tolerance to salt and alkali soils. In the fall, their flowers are often an attractive yellow.
3. Flowering Crabapple - Obtaining a height of anywhere from 6 feet to 50 feet, with an average of 15 feet to 25 feet, this tree also comes in many varieties. You can get it weeping, spreading, columnar, vase shaped and pyramidal. There are over 35 species and 700 cultivated varieties of the crabapple. The Japanese flowering crabapple is small to midsized. In the spring it is covered with not only beautiful white, pink or red flowers, but these flowers are also fragrant. In the fall, the flowers on this tree are yellow or orange.
4. Southern Magnolia - The Southern Magnolia is a large tree, growing to 60 to 80 feet tall and 30 to 50 feet wide. The flowers on this tree are large with cream white petals surrounded by a splash of bright purple. They also smell amazing. If you are looking to decorate your yard, this tree is very ornamental. The leaves are large, shiny, and green. It puts off a red fruit in the fall.
5. Glossy Abelia - This tree grows easy and loves bright light or full sun. It is more of a mounded shrub with red branches. It rows clusters of short pinkish flowers or white bell shaped flowers with red beneath. The tree can grow six feet tall and wide.
6. Forsythia - Forsythia comes in a tree form and bush. Lynwood Gold are trees as is the Golden Forsythia. This tree grows yellow flowers that are brilliant in color and is fast growing.
7. Pee Gee Hydrangea - A hardy tree and blooms late. Its flowers are cone-shaped and white in the summer. The flowers will turn reddish brown in the winter. This tree can grow up to 15 feet tall. The tree thrives in rich, loamy soil that is moist, but well-drained. It does well in full sun or part shade.
Check with your local nursery to determine whether any of these trees are fit for your climate zone and how they should be planted. Once planting your flowering tree, you can enjoy its beautiful show.