Top trees for blossom!
Blossoming trees make a real feature in any garden but with so many to choose from, how do you narrow it down?
Here our top 10 flowerings trees (in no particular order!) for you to take a look at.
A lovely choice, especially for a feature tree in your garden, the Amelanchier usually blossoms in early spring. Small off white flowers emerge from blush pink buds completely covering the tree. We have one planted outside our office window and it never fails to impress! The Amelanchier Robin Hill makes for a wonderful specimen as it has a uniform oval shape with the additional bonus of a vibrant red autumn colour, weather permitting. Only reaching up to 10m mature, the Amelanchier will be suitable for most gardens so should certainly be considered if you are looking to add interest to your garden.
This pink flowering crab apple is probably one of the most impactful trees on our nursery in early spring! A row of Rudolph’s will certainly lift your spirit and if you are looking to really stand out in the blossom stakes this will be the tree for you. There are many pink blossom trees however Malus Rudolph is cerise pink, something not quite matched by any of our flowering cherry. Often overlooked for an avenue tree, these crab apple look great planted together not only in blossom but as the foliage starts to emerge a pretty red before hardening to a deep green.
Probably a bit of an outlier in this list, the Pauls Scarlet Hawthorn is not in our top 10 for its profuse blossom, especially as a young tree, more due to how nice that blossom is! Hawthorns are often dismissed as hedging only, however they make for nice specimen trees or could be considered for a deciduous stilted hedge. The flowers are small but very frilly, highlighted by tinges of white which extenuate their shape. This hawthorn is also great if you already have a great deal of spring interest in your garden as it does not flower until May time when many other trees blossom is long gone.
Like the hawthorn, you’ll probably not be bowled over with the quantity of flowers on a Hibiscus but the quality definitely surpasses many other flowering trees. Crab apples and cherry’s may be too intense and sometimes less is more! Flowers on the Hibiscus can reach up to 8cm in width and are probably a more unique edition to your garden than other flowering trees, especially as we have the Hibiscus as a tree with a 1.8-2m clear stem as oppose to their common shrub like from. Ideal for smaller gardens, this will be a small tree at maturity. We stock a few different cultivars, photographed is the Rose of Sharon.
Magnolia varieties produce some of the largest flowers in our range. The Galaxy’s flowers emerge before the foliage and are pink, upright and tulip shaped. It really is pretty to see the large flowers evenly dotted around the skeleton of the tree and its ascending branches make it a great specimen for a feature tree such as this one planted in the centre of a customers drive. Large leaves follow the flowers which go further to highlight the trees great shape.
A white flowering crab apple this time, the blossom begins as pink buds before opening out into white flowers. Just as profuse as the Rudolph, there isn’t really a comparison between the white and pink, so why not have one of each? What the Evereste does offer is a better display of crab apples. They are orange in colour and this crab apple usually holds onto them into December, making it stand out at what can often be dreary time of year. Keeping fairly small at maturity, only up to around 7m, it is suitable for most sized gardens and a better choice for a flowering tree on clay soil providing it is free draining.
For some showy flowers, the Kanzan with its covering of pink blousy blossom is great. The look of this tree in the spring is comparable to a candy floss stick completely covered with these small pink flowers. The overall tree makes a fairly large specimen, not necessarily in height, its spread can be as wide as the tree is tall so it is a good idea to give the tree room to reach its full potential. Often people assume autumn colour has to be red however the Kanzan’s leaves turn more of an orange in the winter before falling which is arguably just a vibrant.
Another cherry, this one has brilliant white blossom. Like many white flowering trees, the buds are initially pink before the white flower emerges. Following the blossom its foliage is a coppery colour before hardening to a green. As it matures the tree starts to form a open and gently weeping habit, not quite as pendulous as the Cheals Weeping however it is worth bearing in mind when planting as this will limit space underneath the tree.
The flower of the Stars Wars isn’t too dissimilar to the Magnolia Galaxy however for some garden designs it may not be ideal to have all of the interest at a higher level. We have the Star Wars as a multi-stem bush rather than a single stem tree and when in leaf, the large foliage of the Magnolia form quite a solid screen is there is anything from ground level you may be looking to sheild and it is certainly a pretty way to do so.
With similar flowers to the Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill, the Lamarkii has a far more sporadic growth pattern which lends itself to being grown as a multi-stem rather than a tree. These bushes covered with blossom in the spring can be likened to a covering of snow, hence possibly why one of its common names is the Snowy Mesphilus! The Amelanchier lamarkii also has a vibrant autumn red with the right weather conditions which makes it a great option for many gardens.
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