While we have to look down to see the emerging snowdrops which are followed by the crocus and daffodils, at the same time we can look up to enjoy the blossom on the spring flowering trees. And while the snowdrops provide a small scale intimate experience the trees cover their branches in a large splash of color for all to see. The seven spring blooming trees are described in an article by Kathy Woodard which I found on The Garden Glove website.
There is nothing more awe inspiring than the sight of gorgeous spring blooming trees after a long winter. It?s like going to sleep for days, then waking up to see your favorite person there next to you, smiling? You can?t help but feel happy, uplifted, hopeful and joyful. If that sounds like I?m dramatizing a simple tree, then you are not a gardener. At least, not yet. 😉 Because us gardeners understand that these kinds of gifts are indeed that, a gift. I can?t think of a better way to celebrate the coming of spring than planting a blooming tree in your yard. Well, maybe some blooming bulbs and flowers and greenery too, but that?s another post. These beautiful blooming trees for spring can be seen from coast to coast, and can be found at almost any nursery. Plant them bare root in early spring or from pots later on, and make sure you choose a place?in your yard to show it off. Because trees aren?t just for the homeowner, they are for the whole neighborhood and community! Check out our top picks and how to grow them!
Southern Magnolia ? Photo by ?Amazing Nature?. If you live in the South, there is no other tree for you. But most people don?t realize that this stately, evergreen tree with fragrant blooms can be grown down to zone 6. We see them here in the inland PNW all the time, I grew up with one in the front yard of my childhood home in Northern Cali, and they thrive in Seattle too! It grows in an oval shape to 60 feet tall, so leave it some room. (It is a slow grower). It is covered with fragrant white blooms in spring with periodic blooms the rest of the year. The blooms are followed by seed pods that look kind of like pine cones, but the birds love them. Can be grown in most soils, in full or partial sun, and can withstand some drought once established. Tip: The evergreen branches are amazing holiday decor as well!
Saucer Magnolia ? Photos by New York Botanical Gardens. The saucer magnolia is a relative of the Southern magnolia, but is much more suited to smaller gardens. Growing only 20-30 feet high and wide, this tree often has multiple trunks which is really attractive in the landscape. Pink and white cupped fragrant flowers bloom from February through April in most areas. This tree is not evergreen. Saucer magnolia blooms before it leafs out, so the blooms take center stage. Can be planted down to zone 4. Gorgeous tree!
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