Signaling a change in the weather and the beginning of long warm days, spring flowering plants are a joy to those who cultivate them. Ornamental trees that flower in the spring can immediately lighten the dampness of winter. While Cherry Trees are some of the most common types of early flowering ornamental trees, there a number of other species that produce equally beautiful blooms.
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) is an a small flowering tree that produces blooms in a spectrum of icy white to hot pink. The state tree of Missouri, Flowering Dogwood blooms in mid spring and is an excellent tree for rural or neighborhood gardens. Flowering Dogwood has a low tolerance for pollution and may not be the best for densely populated areas. The tree does best with a light shade and with soil that is well drained, moist and just a tiny bit acidic. Flowering Dogwood will grow well beneath a larger tree that can give the plant a little shade.
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a small ornamental tree that produces thousands of bright yellow flowers in the spring, in addition to having foliage that turns a brilliant gold in the fall. This hardy tree will grow in a variety of soil types, including wet and soggy soils. The tree will grow best in full or partial sun, and is moderately drought tolerant. Tulip Poplars generally aren't prone to disease, and as an added perk, the flowers often attract hummingbirds.
Flowering Almond (Prunus japonica), also called Korean Cherry or Oriental Bush Cherry, is an ornamental tree that produces pale pink fluffy flowers in the mid spring, usually between April and May. The plant is very compact, with small green leaves, and is often pruned as a shrub or hedge along a walkway. A light, well draining soil is ideal for Flowering Almond, but it will sometimes tolerate other well-drained soils. The plant will grow in both full and partial shade.