Spring blooming ornamental trees offer color and texture after the bleak winter season. These trees are often used to line walkways or highlight special landscaping features such as lakes, arbors or seating areas. In addition to their early spring color, fragrance and texture, spring trees provide shade throughout the growing season. These common spring blooming trees are available at most nurseries or greenhouses and can be generally be grown in hardiness zones 6 through 8.
Cornus florida is a small flowering tree commonly referred to as the flowering dogwood. This tree is a popular landscaping tree because it adds color and texture in the form of green oval leaves, small white to light pink blossoms that grow into a candelabra shape. In addition, the flowering dogwoods are one of the first to bloom during the growing season. According to Virginia Tech's Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, dogwoods have slight drought tolerance and prefer partial shade. These trees grow to be 20 to 30 feet in height at maturity and do well in moist soil along hardiness zones 5 through 8.
American Snowdrop Tree
Halesia Diptera, also known as an American snowdrop tree or the two-winged silver bell, is a small flowering tree that blooms in early spring. The American snowdrop prefers sun to partial shade and moist soil. This tree grows 15 to 30 feet by maturity and according to North Carolina State University has white to pale pink bell-shaped flowers. The tree can be found in hardiness zones 6 through 9.
Prunus serrulata, or Japanese cherry, is a symbol of spring with its showy white blossoms that begin to open in May. Japanese cherry trees offer green leaves that turn bronze and red in the fall. In addition, they have a rounded shape and grow as large as 15 to 25 feet at maturity. Japanese cherries prefer full sun and easily adapt to various soil conditions. They can be found in zones 5 through 8.
Cercis chingii, commonly called the Redbud tree, has showy pink or light purple blooms that grow in clusters that are often one of the first to bloom in the spring. This small tree often has a twisted trunk and spreading branches. Redbud's grow best in hardiness zones 6 through 8 and thrive in partial shade and moist soil.