The best trees for spring

The best trees for spring

Last Edited: 12/04/2017

Spring is a glorious time of year in the gardens of the UK when plants start to burst into life again after a long winter. A bit of colour and fragrance is more than welcome after the dull, often grey winter months, and that’s where spring blooming trees come in. In this blog feed we're going to share some of our favourite spring trees.

Flowering Cherry (Prunus)

The flowering cherry is almost synonymous with spring, and as soon as the flowers open up we know winter has passed. The flowering cherry has pale pink flowers and a slight almond fragrance, and it is celebrated in some parts of the world through cherry blossom festivals. It is utterly spectacular, whether a semi-mature tree or a mature tree

Crab Apple (Malus)

The flowers of many kinds of crab apple tree are also pink, but a brighter pink that you don’t see in a flowering cherry. Other paler shades are also available. Some crab apple trees, such as ‘Red Sentinel’, produce fruit well into the winter. 

Magnolia (Magnolia) 

Trees in the ancient magnolia genus produce some of the largest and most spectacular flowers of the spring blooming trees. Varieties are available that flower in a range of shades of pink, and also yellow and white. Magnolia trees vary in size and spread, so you should be able to find a variety that fits the space you have available. 

Juneberry (Amelanchier)

Unlike many trees that are stunning in spring and then lose some of their appeal during the rest of the year, the juneberry offers the gardener a little more. It bears small white flowers in spring, and after it flowers, purple berries appear. Then in autumn, the juneberry’s foliage turns a spectacular red colour. As a mature tree, the juneberry doesn’t grow taller than 10m, so it’s great for smaller gardens as well as larger spaces. 

Common Hawthorn (Crataegus)

The common hawthorn is ideal as a standalone tree or as hedging, and it produces pretty white flowers that give off a slight fragrance. The hawthorn is also known as 'mayblossom' due to the fact that it flowers in May, a little later than other spring blooming trees. For this reason, it’s a great addition to a space that has a lot of earlier flowering trees. 

Another advantage to having a hawthorn tree or hedge is that the red fruit encourages birds into the garden. The haws are actually a very important source of food for birds such as thrushes during the winter. 

As you can see, there are a number of stunning spring blooming trees, and many offer more than just that beautiful blossom! If you want to find out more about maintaining your lovely springtime new tree, then contact the Todds Nursery team today.