Flowery tree - Knowledgebase Question

stacy, Mi
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Question by benandamanda
April 5, 2010
Looking for suggestions on planting a flowering tree in our yard. The soil is sandy, on a slope, and in a lot of sun. Looking for something that gets more so wide than tall. Thank you for your thoughts in advance!

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010
Here are a few of my favorite flowering trees. All will do well in your climate: Japanese Tree Lilac - This small tree has an irregular shaped trunk and a dark red bark that provides interest in the winter. In the late spring, this tree sprouts big clusters of fragrant creamy flowers. This tree does well when clumped with others of its kind. It is hardy throughout the state.

Flowering Crabapple - Many varieties of flowering crabapple vary in height from seven to 25 feet, yet all are hardy throughout the state. Their flowers range from white to red and their foliage comes in a wide range of colors as well. Their fruit provides strong visual appeal and some have colored fruit into the winter when the rest of the tree is bare, giving them year-round visual interest. The fruit can attract wildlife.

Mountain Ash - This tree is a fast grower that sports masses of creamy flowers in late spring. In late summer, orange to scarlet colored fruit forms in clusters, which attracts birds. The fruit gets several inches in diameter and some varieties sport fruit well into the winter, giving the trees winter interest. It is native throughout the state.

Royal Empress - grows nearly as wide as it does tall. In the spring, it erupts in fragrant white and lavender trumpet-shaped blooms. With its vast canopy and large leaves, this is the perfect shade tree that also makes a beautiful specimen tree.

Tulip Poplar - sports vast quantities of dramatic yellow flowers in spring with equally dramatic golden yellow leaves in the fall. The cone-shaped tree is great for shade and has nice proportions when bare. The flowers possess sweet-smelling nectar that attracts many types of birds, including hummingbirds. It thrives in different types of soil and light conditions, and is resistant to disease and pets, making it easy to grow.

Autumn Cherry - This tree is unusual in that it not only flowers in the spring, but it also flowers again in the fall. If the winter is warm, you may even see a third bloom period. The white flowers have double rows of petals, so when they appear during the fall and winter, they add drama to a yard. Unlike many cherry trees, this variety gets quite tall---about 40 feet and has a wide canopy. It will grow throughout the entire state and is very cold hardy and drought tolerant.

Hope one of these is perfect for your landscape.

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