Hearty Tree Blossoms: Common Flowering Trees Throughout the US

What is more symbolic of enduring strength and beauty than a flowering tree? The combination of the height and hardiness of a tree, with the delicate, fragrant blossoms of a flower, allow gardeners everywhere the best of both worlds. While some trees take much longer to mature and fill with blossoms, other species grow very quickly and can produce blossoms within a year. If you're thinking of planting a flowering tree, consider age of maturation, bloom-span, and appropriate zones before planting.

Tulip-TreeTulip Tree - This beautiful tree has rich, emerald green foliage and produces cup-shaped flowers in bright yellow and orange hues. Tulip trees are best suited to hardiness zones between 5 and 9, and will bloom in early summer. Unfortunately, most species of this tree will not begin flowering for 10 to 12 years.

 

Sassafras - The sassafras tree can get up to 60 feet tall and in early spring will produce thousands of tiny, clustered yellow flowers. They are widespread trees, thriving in zones from 4-9, and their mitten-shaped leaves turn to a vibrant red or orange in the fall. Because they are very difficult to transplant, they need to be started from seedlings. They do not begin flowering until about 10 years of age. Their roots were traditionally steeped to make root beer, and the tree emits a root beer-like fragrance when flowering.

 

Redbud - Redbud trees are hardy in zones 4-9 and bloom in spring with small pink
flowers that appear to glow with vibrancy. These blooms last for about three weeks
before being replaced by large heart-shaped leaves, Redbudwhich turn to a bright yellow in the fall. Redbud trees can get up to 25 feet tall and can start blooming as early as 4 years.

 

DogwoodDogwood - Dogwood trees produce large, cherry blossom shaped flowers that are either pink or white in color. Dogwoods do best in zones 5-9 and can get up to 20 feet tall. Gardeners in the colder zone 5 may want to buy species that are propagated for cooler climates. They bloom in early spring for an average of three weeks, and in the fall, their foliage turns a deep reddish-purple. They are understory trees and generally thrive under the protection of larger trees which provide partial shade. They begin to bloom relatively early, at an age of 5-7 years.

 

Flowering Crabapple - Part of a huge variety of crabapples, the flowering variation
blooms fully, and white, pink, and red flowers proliferate its branches in spring.
This tree can get up to 25 feet tall, and it has a hardy nature and dramatic architecture.
A resilient variation of the species, Flowering-Crabappleflowering crabapple can grow in zones 4 through 7. Its blooms last up to two weeks. Unfortunately, flowering crabapple can take up to 10 years to begin blooming.

 

Fringe Tree - Fringe trees have flowers with thousands of dangling, creamy white flowers that resemble wispy fringe. The tree is hardy in zones 3-9, making it well suited for many climates. They can get up to 20 feet tall, but grow very slowly at only 6 inches a year. However, fringe trees tend to begin flowering at an early age. It fragrantly blooms from May to June, and in the fall, it will begin to produce deep blue, olive shaped berries that attract birds and other animals.

 

MagnoliaMagnolia - The magnolia's shiny emerald leaves and giant white flowers make it a show-stopping tree infused with beauty. The state tree of Mississippi, it thrives in the humid heat found in zones 7 through 9. Its giant flowers can get up to 1 foot across and have a pleasant, lemony fragrance. Though some trees may bloom sooner, most magnolias do not flower until age 10.

 

Chaste tree - Chaste trees are native to southern climates, doing best in zones 6-9 and growing up to 15 feet tall. This tree produces vertical blooms of small, clustered lavender flowers. Blooms begin in early summer and last into the fall. Traditionally, chaste trees were believed to be an anti-aphrodisiac, which is where the tree got its name. In alternative medicine, the flowers and other parts can be used in a decoction to alleviate premenstrual syndrome. Chaste tree grows relatively quickly and begin blooming at an early age.

 

American Yellowwood - American yellowwood produces drooping white and pink flowers that hang in ornate clusters from branches throughout the month of May. Blooms are highly fragrant and showy. Though it is native to the Southeastern US, it can grow in climates between zones 4-8. This tree can get up to 50 feet tall, but it takes up to 10 years to begin flowering.

 

Crape-MyrtleCrape Myrtle - Crape myrtle's paper textured blooms appear in shades of white, pink, purple, and red. In the fall, the smooth bark begins to peel and creates an interesting texture against its fall foliage. Trees have multiple trunks and get up to a height of 15-25 feet. Their flowers bloom for three months during summer, and thrive in particularly hot environments, between zones 7-9. Crepe myrtle begins flowering very early on, usually within one year.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/love-bloom

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/growing-trees-shrubs-grasses/flowering-trees-for-your-backyard/

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