Flowering ornamental trees are extremely important to your backyard tree landscaping.
They provide value through their showy blossoms and unusual features. They add interest and variety to your landscape.
Shade trees provide the basic framework for the landscape. They provide optimal shading in key locations.
A small backyard should have both large shade trees and flowering ornamental trees for optimal effect.
Flowering trees should be chosen carefully using the same process I have recommended in choosing a tree.
It’s important that flowering trees not be randomly planted throughout the yard. They should be grouped according to size and canopy form. The color and abundance of the flowers should also be considered in tree landscaping.
Flowering trees can be used in small and large backyards. Grouping of similar trees in a large yard is just as important as in a small yard.
Most people choose a flowering ornamental tree based on the beauty of the flower. The color of the flower, the seasonality of the bloom, and the duration of the bloom are generally the most important considerations.
This could be a huge mistake. The flower may last only a short time.
You must consider other qualities of the flowering ornamental tree. Some have uniquely colored foliage or attractive bark. Others have beautiful fall foliage. Still others have fruit that that adds beauty plus attracts birds and wildlife.
On the other hand, fruit can cause some messy problems. You may have no interest in attracting birds and wildlife.
Consider other negative qualities before choosing a tree.
Some trees have major problems with disease and insects. Any tree that is known to have problems with mildew, fireblight, or scab should be avoided.
You may choose a beautiful flowering ornamental tree with other desirable qualities. But if the tree doesn’t get the proper light, is not grown in the desired soil conditions, and is not provided the required water and nutrients, you may be greatly disappointed in the quality of your tree because it doesn’t live up to expectations.
There are many flowering ornamental trees that I really like.
Some of my favorite include the Cleveland Pear, the Eastern Redbud, the Flowering Dogwood, the Kousa Dogwood, the Sourwood, the Prunus Snow Fountain (white cherry bloom), the Punus Autumnus (pink cherry bloom), the Carolina Silverbell, the American Snowball, and the Japanese Stewartia.
Obviously, I like a lot of them as I work on tree landscaping my backyard. If you have any questions on how to choose flowering ornamental trees, please contact me.