There is nothing better than the sun peaking through the end of winter to shine on fresh new blooms from spring flowering trees. Many from the magnolia and rose family of plants come alive in the earlier months of the year. Flowering trees in spring can include some real gardener favorites.
The Yulan magnolia is from the magnolia family and botanically known as Magnolia heptapeta. It is a fragrant tree that gets 40 feet tall with 5 to 6 inch wide white flowers and spring forming deciduous 7 inch long leaves. Plant a Yulan magnolia in any soil in bright sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed in USDA hardiness zones of 6 through 9.
The tulip poplar or tulip tree is from the magnolia family and botanically known as Liriodendron tulipifera. It is a fast growing tree that gets up to 100 feet tall. Leaves are 6 inches long and simple. Flowers are 1½ inches wide and tulip-like. Blooms arrive in spring with their green-yellow color. Plant a tulip poplar in full sun to partial shade in moist well drained soil. Propagate via seed in USDA hardiness zones of 5 through 9.
The Japanese mockorange or Japanese pittosporum is from the pittosporum family and botanically known as Pittosporum tobira. It is a fragrant, fast-growing evergreen that is drought tolerant. It can get 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Leaves are leathery and 1 to 5 inches long with flowers ½ inch wide in clusters. Blooms arrive in spring and are white and then mature to a cream yellow. Plant a Japanese mockorange in sun to shade with any soil. Propagate via seed and cuttings in USDA hardiness zones in 8 through 10.
The wild plum or American plum is from the rose family and is botanically known as Prunus americana. It is a fragrant tree that attracts songbirds. This tree gets 20 to 40 feet tall. Leaves are 3 to 4 inches long. Flowers are 1 inch wide and fragrant, appearing in spring. Plant a wild plum in full sun or mottled shade with weekly watering. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 3 through 8.
The paperbark cherry or Tibetan cherry is from the rose family and is botanically known as Prunus serrula. It gets 30 feet tall with 3 to 4 inches long leaves. Flowers are in the spring and are white, typically hidden by leaves. Plant a paperbark cherry in full sun in well drained soil. Propagate via seed, cuttings, or grafting in USDA hardiness zones of 5 through 8.