Make Room for Blooms

Winter is over, and it’s time to let your colorful blooms shine! Here are some of our local landscapers’ favorite varieties of blooming trees.

Edited by Moe Godat 


Kanzan Cherry, also known as Prunus Kanzan | The Kanzan cherry is my favorite cultivar of all the double-flowering cherries, thanks to its stunning pink blossoms, good fall color, lack of fruit and vase-shaped form. It is a splendid specimen that can be planted in containers, along walks and streets and in buffer strips. Learn how to take care if it below! Information provided by David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest Nursery.

Plant Time: Late winter through spring while the trees are dormant

Planting Tips:  Incorporate 1/3 compost to 2/3 topsoil to backfill

Location & Light: Full sun

Soil Requirements: Well-drained area

Fertilizer: After spring blooms with an organic tree fertilizer

Pruning: When the trees are dormant


We like to add a little sugar into our landscapes with the Sugar Tyme Crabapple! This tree embodies all the spring vibes with its pink and white blooms contrasting against the bright green foliage. This spring bloomer’s pink buds evolve into fragrant white flowers, bringing spring to many of your senses! Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

Magnolia grandiflora "Bracken’s Brown Beauty," an evergreen magnolia, offers year-round interest. It has lustrous, leathery foliage with brown undersides that provide winter interest and are great for holiday décor. Its large, saucer-shaped, sweetly scented white flowers bloom in late spring. Hardier than its southern cousin, it likes full sun to part shade, moderate moisture and protection from winter winds. It’s a moderate grower, mature at 30 inches with a pyramidal shape. Mike Curran, Timberwinds Nursery.

Seven Son Flower, Heptacodium miconioides, is a must-have in the landscape for me. This tree produces its showy white flowers in late summer, which is then followed by an equally showy reddish fruit on this multi-stem tree. The tannish/gray shredding bark provides excellent winter interest through the garden. Justin Verbryck, Frisella Nursery.

A tree whose leaves are as colorful as its flowers, "The Rising Sun" Redbud begins its magnificent show in spring when its bare stems are covered with rosy-lavender flowers. Heart-shaped leaves in deep peachy orange follow and change to shades of apricot, orange, gold and yellow. Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

Magnolia x “Genie” is a compact, elegant tree whose striking blackish-red buds open to velvety, wine-red flowers. Perfect for the smaller garden, it reaches about 12 inches high and 8 inches wide, just the right size to enjoy the light fragrance of its tulip-shaped blooms. Caitlin Kerr, Bowood Farms.

The treasured Butterfly Magnolia is an exceptional spring bloomer, boasting an impressive display of prolific, yellow tulip-like flowers. A bright reminder that spring has arrived! Steve Roesch, Garden Heights Nursery.