There’s nothing better to announce the arrival of spring in your neighbourhood than the budding blooms on your spring flowering trees. They’re dedicated to creating bursts of color and fragrance early in the season that celebrate the beginning of the warmer season. From dainty and delicate whites to vibrant purple and magenta hues, spring blooming trees are a glamorous addition to your landscape that are sure to not only make you smile every year at blooming time, but impress everyone who has the pleasure of experiencing them. Here’s how to get some of our favorites into your home to enjoy for yourself:
Rising Sun Redbud
These trees are known for their iconic pink flowers - but also for a spectacular display of heart-shaped foliage. Color varies from bright green to peachy orange and is set against a beautiful tree to make for a stunning statement piece in your landscape from spring and all through the season.
Smaller in stature, the Rising Sun makes up for height in the formidable nature of their growing season, standing out among the rest of the trees in your landscape. Fortunately, for all their aesthetic punch, these trees aren’t divas to match, and will thrive in a range of soil conditions and levels of sun exposure, even being known to stand up to urban pollution.
Carolina Sweetheart Redbud
We can’t get enough of the redbuds because they are just such a fantastic variety of tree - and the Carolina Sweetheart is yet another favorite for spring blooming. They offer pink-purple flowers that add a charm to your yard in the spring, creating a romantic getaway in your own yard. Set against heart-shaped leaves edged in peachy tones and with blooms of pale and warm pink, there’s nothing to capture your heart of the eye of your sweetheart like this fabulous tree. It’s like something from a fairytale and can be found just outside your door.
Like other redbuds, the Carolina Sweetheart is a tough grower with a stomach for all sorts of conditions. Give it a good head start and fuel its romantic growth with some organic fertilizer, like compost, when you plant it.
A late-blooming tree for the spring, you can expect the white-pink, cup-shaped blooms of the “Betty” Magnolia in April and May. Fashionably late to the party compared to earlier-blooming magnolias, this tree is much less likely to be damaged by chilly spring weather. Some owners even report repeat blooms late in the summer when the weather begins to chill again. A stunning sight, you won’t miss a magnolia in your yard.
Plant in early spring, in a location that gives full or partial sun with well-draining soil. Despite their beautiful appearance, they’re actually quite tolerant of different conditions and can even tolerate urban pollution. Smaller and tough, but still bold and beautiful, these are a great choice for almost any landscape and home. There’s room for a magnolia in nearly every garden!
Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum
With such a dramatic name, you know that this tree has to offer something special for your home. With enchanting pink blooms, the “Thundercloud” Purple Leaf Plum fills the air in your yard with a light and sweet fragrance that is followed by the unveiling of gorgeous leaves in shades of deep purple-red. With such gorgeous blooms and foliage in statement colors, this dense and large canopy tree is best as a centerpiece in large-scale landscapes.
Plant your Purple Leaf Plum in a sunny and bright area where it will have the sunshine to fuel its abundant blooms and leaves. While they are adaptable to all sorts of soil textures, you’ll have the healthiest and best looking tree with well-draining soil with some acidity. Water regularly, especially in the summer heat, to keep them looking their best.
This tree is perfect for when you aren’t quite sure if you want a small tree or large shrub - growing up to a modest 20 feet, they make for a compact addition to the yard. Their thrilling and fresh green foliage are set against delightful panicles of red, tubular flowers. Not only is this tree a great decorative addition to your home, but you’ll be delighted to see more hummingbirds in your yard as they can’t get enough of their long blooms growing in 4-10” bunches of bright red.
This tree is adaptable to a number of conditions, but will thrive in a spot that provides a little afternoon shade and sun exposure in the morning and evening - though it is surprisingly shade tolerant if that can’t be arranged. These trees offer a lot of visual impact with the contrast between blooms and leaves, giving a lot of statement for their comparatively diminutive and manageable size.
Chinese Fringe Tree
According to the NC State’s Urban Tree Evaluation Program, this tree is “very adaptable with few problems. One of the best small trees in the program,” We think this is a modest way to say that it packs a lot in for its size, offering delightful blossoms and intoxicating fragrance set against rich and leathery leaves - all without being too fussy about maintenance. They are related to our native fringe tree, helping them to simply thrive in our backyards.
We particularly like the Tokyo Towers cultivar, which has an upright growing habit that takes up minimal space while still offering the same fluffy blooms, making it perfect to fit into modern smaller yards.
Flowers are a pretty sign of spring that brings excitement about the season to come after a long and dreary winter. With the cool weather on its way out, warm up your garden with some cheerful, romantic, and gorgeous spring-blooming trees.
Carolina Seasons Nursery