See ya later, Winter! Hello, Spring!
As the barren landscape springs to life and warm weather arrives we begin to emerge from our homes and bask in the sun. It is time to get outside and take in the sights and scents of spring blooms! There are so many options for adding spring color to your landscape. Let's start with our recommendations for the best spring blooming trees.
Spring Blooming Trees
Few early spring blossoms are more recognizable than the American Dogwood. And as far as bloom color you have options. Choose from White, Pink, and Red. When these stunning trees begin to bloom it is a sure sign that spring is coming.
The mature height and width of a Dogwood ranges from about 15 to 30 feet. These beautiful trees can generally handle full sun especially in cooler climates, but in warmer climates they prefer some shade. Dogwoods do best in a rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil, but are pretty adaptable as long as they are not water-logged. The fall leaf color is a stunning red that can't be missed! The scaly, light gray bark exudes a true unique beauty. Dogwoods thrive in growing zones 5 to 9, covering almost the entire US!
I'd be lying if I told you guys these aren't my favorite flowering trees. The delicate beauty of their blooms are beyond compare. I'm sure you have seen a tattoo or 10 showcasing sakura (cherry blossoms) and Flowering Cherry trees. From good luck to feminine strength to the fleeting beauty of life, you will find so many meanings attributed to these treasured blooms. Flowering Cherry Trees are native to Asia and are celebrated with festivals and parks and in art. The US fell in love with these gorgeous trees in the early 1900's when they were introduced as a gift from Japan. The US followed suit with festivals, parks and art showcasing them as well.
The hardy Kwanzan has the longest bloom time of any Flowering Cherry tree. It also touts the largest, lushest blooms and a stunning golden-orange fall color! This tree can grow to about 40 feet tall and wide. Kwanzan Flowering Cherry trees thrive in full sun and any well-drained soil. Like the Dogwood, this tree grows in most of the US with growing zones 5 to 9.
You may already be seeing the blooms of this classic Flowering Cherry tree! It is one the very first trees to flower, blooming around Mid March. This is probably the most popular Flowering Cherry tree. The blossoms of the Yoshino have a uniquely light and sweet almond scent. The fall color ranges from a yellow to a golden-orange. This tree's mature height is 20 to 30 feet with a width of about 15 to 25 feet. This flowering tree is adaptable to a variety of well-drained soils and enjoys full to part sun. The Yoshino grows in zones 5 to 8.
The Redbud we just adore is the Eastern Redbud. This is one of the most unique Flowering Trees with clusters of deep pinkish purple blooms that emerge tight to the branches and trunk. The leaves are heart-shaped and emerge a shiny red in spring, transitioning into a deep green as summer approaches. The fall color is yellow. The rounded vase shape of this tree is certainly a feature that makes it stand out in this competitive group! The mature height and width of the Eastern Redbud is around 20 to 30 feet. The Redbud is hardy, sturdy and adapts to a variety of soils. Provide full or partial sun. This tree grows in zones 4 to 9.
Which Flowering Tree is Right for you?
For the earliest bloomer, go with the Yoshino, although the Redbud isn't far behind. If you want a white bloom look to the Yoshino or the Dogwood. The Redbud is a pinkish purple, probably best described as magenta. If you want a red (really a pinkish-red), look to the Dogwood. Redbuds have the most unique and stunning leaves, but the red fall color of the Dogwood is hard to beat! The Redbud is the the most cold hardy growing into a zone 4. All of these spring blooming trees except the Yoshino can grow into a zone 9. The Kwanzan is the largest, while the other choices all have a similar mature size. Keep the Dogwood out of wet soil to avoid disease. The Kwanzan and the Eastern Redbud are probably the most hardy and adaptable options. Make sure not to count out our Japanese Snowbell which also blooms beautiful flowers come Spring.
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