Spring's Blooming Branches: A Virtual Guide

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While our lives look undeniably different than they did last spring, we’re still reveling in the season’s unmistakable ability to transform our world into a blooming, colorful cacophony of bright daffodils, green grass, and flowering branches. And since this year we’re only able to see what’s popping up in our own backyards and neighborhoods, we asked Meredith Greene from our green goods team to share a few interesting facts about six of the most special blooming trees from around the world.

1. Dogwood (cornus florida) (cornus florida rubra): Showy white or pink blooms provide a contrast in the garden; they arrive in the spring and are known for being long-lasting. These trees are most often seen in eastern North America and are one of the most popular and beautiful blooming trees in that region. Zones 5 through 9.

2. Japanese Snowbell (styrax japonicus): Pendulous clusters of bell-shaped flowers are easily spotted against masses of petite, “perky” leaves in late spring. Dainty buds hang from branches prior to blooming. Very fragrant blooms. Zones 5 through 9.

3. Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana): One of the most beloved flowering trees across the globe, the saucer magnolia is known for its large, cup-shaped blooms. Each bloom can get up to eight inches in diameter while the tree can grow up to 30 feet at maturity. Blooms emerge in early spring in shades of white and rose. The trees’ wide-spreading branch shape makes it a wonderful shade tree through the entire season. Zones 4 through 9.

4. Japanese Flowering Cherry (prunus serrulate): Showy blooms arrive in early-to-mid spring, in shades of white and pink. Blooms vary from single, semi-double, or double. Native to Japan, but grown ornamentally in zones 5 through 8.

5. Eastern Redbud (cercis canadensis): Growing up to 20 to 30 feet at maturity, the Eastern Redbud is often one of the first trees to bloom in the spring. Tiny blooms push directly from the truck, followed shortly by heart-shaped leaves. With a beautiful spreading shape, often with multiple trucks that provide a layered element to the silhouette. Zones 4 through 8.

6. Flowering Crabapple (Malus): Dark pink, showy blooms emerge in the spring and are notoriously long-lasting compared to other flowering trees. Striking blooms are accompanied by maroon/purplish leaves as the season progresses, eventually turning to a dark green and purple shade in the summer, before bronzing before they drop in the fall. Zones 4 through 8.

We'd love to see what's blooming in your garden or in your neighboorhood! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and tag us with #terrainathome as you share your creative projects from the home and in the garden!

Photo Credits
Photo 1: Miltos Gikas; Photo 2: Wendy Cutler; Photo 3: Stanze; Photo 4: Bjorn S; Photo 5: Karen Hine; Photo 6: Jacob Pike 

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