10 flowering trees and shrubs for your spring landscape

10 flowering trees and shrubs for your spring landscape

As the cold of winter recedes and plant life is allowed to flourish again, some flowering trees and shrubs add more beauty to the spring landscape than any other. Many of these woody specimens bloom before the leaves begin to grow, delighting observers with the first colorful hues of the season. To create an enchanting landscape in your own garden, consider planting a variety of these stunning flowering selections.

Eastern redbud

Denny Schrock

One of the oldest spring-blooming trees, the Eastern Redbud is a small, easy-to-grow tree native to North America. Its small but numerous pink flowers line the branches before the heart-shaped leaves emerge. While the flowering tree is breathtaking during the spring, the eastern redbud undergoes another wonderful transformation during the fall when its leaves turn from verdant green to vibrant yellow.

name: Canadian departments

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 30 feet

Regions: 4-9

South Magnolia

Mary Caroline Pindar

Southern magnolia is loved for its huge, creamy-scented white flowers, and it does everything in a big way. In addition to their huge flowers, magnolia plants have large, shiny, evergreen leaves and can grow very tall. The magnificent flowering tree also bears cone-shaped fruits in the fall. For those looking for a smaller flowering tree, don't count out magnolia species—dwarf varieties are available and can be grown in containers.

name: Magnolia grandiflora

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 80 feet

Regions: 7-9

Flowering dogwood

Allen Rokach

One of the best flowering trees for spring color, the dogwood tree is distinguished by its eye-catching horizontal branches that give a graceful appearance throughout the year. The attractive early spring flowers can be snowy white or soft pink. Like Eastern Redbud, dogwood trees transform beautifully during the fall. Its leaves turn reddish-purple in fall, and it also produces small, shiny red fruits.

name: Stylized horn

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 30 feet

Regions: 5-9

Forsythia

Bill States

You'll know spring is just around the corner when you see the bright yellow forsythia flowers. Its flowers appear before the plant leaves, making this beautiful shrub appear to glow in the spring sunshine. Plant forsythia as an informal hedge or border; Either way, its leaves will maintain their fresh green color until late fall. Some cultivars, such as 'Lynwood Gold', are more distinctive, developing purple foliage as summer fades.

name: Forsythia

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 10 feet

Regions: 5-8

Rhododendron and azalea

Greg Ryan

Although rhododendrons and azaleas are flowering shrubs of the same genus with many characteristics in common, one difference is the shape of their flowers. Azaleas have funnel-shaped flowers, while rhododendrons have trumpet-shaped flowers. The azalea also has small leaves and profuse flowers spread over the entire shrub. Rhododendron leaves are leathery, and the flowers are in large clusters at the ends of the stems.

Don't forget to remove the head of each flower cluster after the flowers fade. Use clean shears or pinch the flowers with your fingers. Removing deadheading not only keeps the shrub looking good, but may encourage more blooms.

name: Rhododendron

Growing conditions: Part shade to full shade and well-drained, acidic soil

measuring: to 6 feet

Regions: 4-8

Flowering apple

Denny Schrock

Flowering wild apples are small to medium-sized trees that can grow in low mounds or in straight, narrow, or weeping shapes. In spring, it is covered in fragrant white, pink or red flowers. In the fall, flowering apples produce small yellow, orange or red fruit.

Look for new flowering wild apple varieties that are disease-resistant and hold their fruit well into the winter.

name: Malos

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 30 feet

Regions: 4-8

purple

Jacob Fox

One of the most popular spring flowering trees and shrubs is lilac – a true showpiece. Hundreds of lilac cultivars are available, offering large clusters of purple, purple, pink, blue, white or yellow flowers. The gorgeously fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies in late spring, making your landscape an exotic sight to behold.

name: Common injection

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 12 feet

Regions: 3-7

Viburnum

Doug Hetherington

A wide variety of viburnum cultivars offer delicate clusters of white or pink flowers throughout the spring and summer. While most viburnum species have green foliage, some have white or yellow coloring or veining. Certain species, such as Korean spice viburnum (F. Carlesi), Offering fragrant flowers, most varieties also feature fall color.

name: Viburnum

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 16 feet

Regions: 2-8

Flowering cherry

Denny Schrock

The white or pink flowers of cherry blossom trees are so charming, they have the ability to draw cheering crowds to destinations like Washington, D.C. every spring. With confetti-like blooms and a lightly fragrant scent, flowering cherries are a delight for the senses during spring. In the fall, these small to medium-sized trees feature festively colored leaves in hues of amber, orange and red.

name: Plum

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 30 feet

Regions: 5-9

In Fotherage

Jerry Pavia

A compact native shrub, the fothergilla can be placed in perennial borders or in narrow foundation plantings. They are prized for their bottlebrush-like spikes of fragrant white spring flowers and brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red foliage. You can even use it in a hedge with a little pruning.

name: In Fotherage gardini

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 5-8

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