Spring Flowering Trees
April 30, 2013
For many years I considered fall as my favorite season. Several years ago, I changed my opinion! Spring has to be the most beautiful season because of all the lovely flowering trees and other plants. After a dreary, cold winter, it is heavenly to see trees flowering out in showy displays of white and shades from fuchsia to the softest pale pink.
Some of the spring flowering trees are well known by everyone, such as the Bradford Pear. However, often while driving or walking, I’ve seen a flowering tree and thought I’d love to have one of those in our yard. Often I really don’t know what type of tree it is. I’ve thought of going into a nursery and describing something to a tree and plant expert. You know, it is blooming right now and the blossoms are in tight clusters of pink, it is fragrant and the tree appears to be about 20 to 30 feet in height. Then I hit upon the idea of looking online and at the Library.
What a wealth of information! Crabapple, dogwood, redbud, flowering cherry, flowering plums, hawthorn, magnolia, mimosa, and serviceberry all flourish in Missouri. To make it even more confusing, there are multiple varieties of most species. You can find helpful books in the Library’s adult nonfiction area on Missouri trees. We can also direct you to information online about the subject.
On one of my walking routes through nearby neighborhoods, I discovered the most beautiful tree. It had large double pink flowers that reminded me of carnations. After doing a little research, I’ve decided it is a Kwanzan cherry tree. They are the hardiest and most reliable form of Oriental cherry. The tree is vase-shaped with a rounded crown and grows to a height of 15-25 feet. It is one of the types of cherry trees planted in Washington D.C. for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Now, I’ve just got to get one for my yard!
Blue Springs South Branch