Gardeners in all but the very coldest areas of the county have their choice of tree flowers. The trees are some of the smallest, but what they lack in size, they make up for with color. Plant tree flowers as stand-alone plants on a front lawn or as a background plant for lower growing flowers. Consider planting non-flowering ground covers under the trees to further enhance and feature the blooming trees.
Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia) can grow as tall as 25 feet with twigs that end in sharp spines. The tree produces small, white flowers in late winter or early spring that cover the whole tree. The flowers are followed by narrow, green leaves that have toothed edges and are replaced by edible, red plums.
Plant the Chickasaw plum in full sun if possible, or in partial shade as an alternative. The soil should be kept moist when the tree is young. It can be allowed to go dry once the tree is established, but it should never be too wet. The fruit is tart and is mostly used to make jelly. The plant attracts butterflies, song birds and other animals who come for the fruits. Chickasaw plum is a southern plant, hardy in Zones 5 through 9 from Washington DC south to central Florida, along the Gulf Coast and up the west coast.
Carolina silverbells (Halesia spp.) grows to 30 feet tall and produces small, narrow green leaves that turn yellow in the fall, and delicate white bell-shaped flowers that appear before the leaves. Small, 1-inch long fruits follow the flowers in the summer and last through the fall.
Plant Carolina silverbells in full sun, partial shade or full shade and well-drained, moist soils. The tree is hardy in Zones 4 through 8, from mid New York and New England south to northern Florida, across the midwest as far south as central Texas.
Taiwan Flowering Cherry
Taiwan flowering cherry( Prunus campanulata) is also known as Formosan cherry or bell-flowered cherry. The tree grows 25 feet tall, and about the same in width. It produces green leaves that turn bronze in the fall and deep rose-colored, bell-shaped flowers that appear in spring when the tree is three years old. The flowers are followed by small, black cherries.
Plant the Taiwan flowering cherry in full sun and a moist soil in order to get the best production from the tree, which has a life span of 10 to 15 years. It is hardy in Zones 7b through 9.