Three Knockout Trees Full Of Spring Blooms

Spring blooming trees make a huge impact on defeating the winter blues, and in a competitive house market promise to lure potential buyers straight to your door.

When you want a cool weather focal piece in your yard, but are ready to steer toward something more unusual than the common Cherry Tree, here are three knockout choices sure to please.

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The Saucer Magnolia

This bloomer produces blossoms the size of a woman’s hand, and covers the tree in bright purple and white tipped flowers. Tight buds appear beginning in February or mid-March at the latest, and this magnolia has a reputation as one of the earliest blooming trees you can buy.  This variety is the ‘Alexandrina Dark Clone,’ which has the distinction of 10 inch wide open blossoms, and white interior petals with purple exteriors.

The wood of this tree is soft like many ornamentals, and this tree can be prone to sooty mold and scale.  The Saucer Magnolia can be grown with success across coastal areas, and in all but the coldest and windiest climates since it is prone to snap under the weight of heavy snows and wind. It will not do well in open prairie developments, and is healthiest in habitats similar to its home environment, Japan. Its ideal growing conditions are in moist well mulched beds, with filtered sunlight, and it looks particularly good mixed in with a shrub border. It tops out at 20 to 30 feet in height.

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Photo Courtesy of: blmurch

The Jacaranda Tree

Each Spring and early Summer this tree sends out clusters of bright purple flowers for 8 weeks straight!  If that alone isn’t enough of a selling point, the delicate fern-like leaf structure of this Latin American will win you over completely with its tropical ambiance.  A great plant for the deep southern regions of the United States, this warm weather tree grows 20 to 40 feet tall, mixing in well with evergreens, and tree lined driveways.

Plant the Jacaranda in dappled shade, or full sun areas to produce the most flowering, and choose areas with sandy or loamy soil.  Keep this tree away from salty breezes, and expect blooms to appear from April through June.

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Photo Courtesy of: TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)

The European Cornel

The Cornus Mas, also known as the Cornelian Cherry, is a variety of Dogwood from Europe and Asia. Like its relatives, it keeps a relatively small shape suited to large and small scale yards and gardens. Small, yellow fists of 10-25 blooms appear along the branches in February or March, and last through early April.

For the best results with the European Cornel, plant it in full sun, in the spring.  Expect the “cherries” to form when the plant is three years of age, and the elongated fruits to attract songbirds during the Fall migration.

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  1. I love the picture of the Saucer Magnolia… beautiful colors and a very vivid photo… nice.

  2. Amy says:

    Thanks Fred! They do have beautiful color to them this time of year, so it’s easy to take good pictures.

  3. SJohnson says:

    Grows in zone 9, if anyone was wondering.

  4. Teresa says:

    We had a saucer magnolia at our previous home about 7 years ago (in Iowa). Can’t find them here anymore. We really miss it’s beautiful spring blooms.

  5. Patricia Aedo Pervis says:

    Yo soy una mujer enamorada de las flores, gracias 🌷

  6. jeri says:

    Where would you buy these trees? Love the Cornus Mas!

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