Pink Dogwood Trees: How to Grow Cornus Florida or "Flowering" Dogwoods
Want to learn about pink flowering dogwood trees of the C. florida type? You should if you're a bird-watcher, because their berries are magnets for wild bird activity. I specifically tell you how to grow the Rosea variety, but the information can be applied to growing C. florida generally.
Types of Flowering Trees
Picture a spring landscape lacking any types of flowering trees. Depressing, isn't it? Their blossoms are so integral to the spring yard that, in their absence, you'd be doomed to go through the whole spring season with a funny feeling that something wasn't quite right, that something was missing. Here are some of the types I'd miss the most.
Pictures of Flowering Trees
Flip through my pictures of flowering trees to gain some ideas for beautifying your spring yard. I supplement these photos of flowering trees with links to resources on growing them. In the latter, I relate such information as classification, characteristics, sun and soil requirements, outstanding features, etc.
Golden chain (Laburnum x watereri) is so called for the yellow flowers it bears in late spring. The blooms of golden chain can be damaged by frost; nor does this flowering tree tolerate humidity well. Nonetheless, this specimen bears striking racemes and is well worth trying if you live in a zone neither too hot nor too cold for it.
I composed a "Top 10" list for spring, with ability to attract birds one of the criteria, along with general beauty, etc. Cornus florida was #1 on the list. Wild birds may value the berries on these flowering trees most highly, but humans are drawn to dogwoods for their exquisite branching structure and blossoms.
'Wolf Eyes' Kousa Dogwood
'Wolf Eyes' is one of the Chinese dogwoods. What I like most about it is its handsome variegation. I learned the hard way that rabbits like it, too. One winter, the snow was high enough in my area that the branches were easy pickings for the pests. When they were through with it, it looked like a skeleton with bones missing!
Dogwoods for Fall Foliage?
When we think of dogwoods, we immediately think of them as flowering trees that put on a spring or summer show. Indeed, dogwoods such as Cornus florida are an important part of the spring landscape. But some dogwoods put on a fall-foliage display, too. Learn about them here.
Like Laburnum (see above), I associate hawthorn with coastal Maine, because I had enjoyable encounters with both flowering trees in that area while traveling (which led me to purchase specimens and plant them when I returned home). A member of the Rose family (like apple), it blooms in late spring.
As the name implies, "saucer" magnolias have large blooms that make quite an impact on passersby. This article provides information about these showy flowering trees, including their growing requirements. Follow the "Magnolia tree care tip" link within the article for help on magnolia problems.
This flowering tree or shrub offers showy blooms that come late enough to avoid frost-kill -- a nice bonus. Part of the Little Girl series, Jane is sure to be spoiled by mommy and daddy (that would be you).
I value this flowering tree most as an early bloomer. It is one of the first large plants to awaken in my spring landscape. The blossoms haven't anything special in the way of smell, but I can forgive them that thanks to their eagerness to delight me with precocious blooms.
Tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) are tall shade-givers that grow quickly. Not suitable for small yards, they do offer multi-season value if you have the room, since they bloom in spring and give you good fall color later in the year.
I'm not one to leave my job at home when I travel. As your Landscaping Guide, I very much bring my job with me on vacation. And that includes observing the plants growing in places far away from my neck of the woods. When I visited the American Southeast, I noted the popularity of crepe myrtles, long bloomers that color yards with vibrant color.
Weeping Varieties: Cherry, Mulberry, Crabapple
Some of the most elegant flowering trees are those with a weeping habit. This article looks at the following weeping varieties that bloom: cherry, mulberry and crabapple. Other specimens are discussed as well. Pictures included.
Kwanzan cherries are flowering trees that put on quite a blossoming display in spring. I've had more success with Kwanzan than with 'Snow Fountains,' which I tend to lose to borers.
Rose of Sharon
Rose of sharon is really a shrub, but I list it with the flowering trees because many homeowners think of it in those terms. Indeed, through judicious pruning, you can promote one leader (cutting off competing branches). This popular landscaping choice blooms relatively late, stretching the season of floral color for you.