Flowering trees and flowering shrubs both add visual interest in the form of bright colors and textures, as well as curb appeal. With little to no maintenance, flowering trees can change the aesthetic of almost any landscape. Although shade trees are considered the kings of the landscaping world, flowering trees provide bright colors and fruit, and attract wildlife. Flowering trees should always be used sparingly and should fit into the landscape to truly optimize the trees' ornamental features. Different flowering trees should be used according to the landscape already in place.
Dogwoods, part of the genus cornus, include a wide variety of flowering trees and shrubs. The trees, which are slow to moderate growers, are some of the most commonly used flowering landscaping trees. Most dogwoods grow to approximately 30 feet with white bracts that flower in the spring just before the leaves come out. Dogwoods often produce fruits in the fall, when their leaves darken into a rich scarlet hue. Dogwoods are adaptable to most soil. However, they prefer moist conditions in which there is plenty of organic matter as well as adequate drainage. Dogwoods enjoy a little bit of protection from the full sun, and can be planted with larger trees for added shade.
These large trees grow as much as 80 feet high and are available in more than 200 cultivars. This genus, magnoliaceae, grwos abundantly in the southern United States. Magnolias produce dark green foliage and bright showy--and often fragrant--blossoms. These trees are broadleaf evergreens and therefore do not drop leaves in the fall. According to Department of Agriculture, magnolias attract a number of birds. Magnolia trees prefer full sun and acidic soils that are moist and sandy.
Flowering Japanese Cherry
The flowering Japanese cherry, Yoshino, is a highly prized ornamental tree. This tree was first introduced to the United States in the early twentieth century when Japanese officials sent them to the White House. It is the most common flowering tree found at the White House grounds. The tree produces an abundance of highly scented white-pink flowers in addition to its interesting branch patterns and dark glossy bark. These hybrid trees are fast-growing and reach 20 to 30 feet at maturity. They prefer full sun and are tolerant of most soil types.