Best 6 Flowering Trees To Grow In Chicago
The cherry blossom festival takes place in Washington, D.C. As far as crepe myrtles go, Alabama has them. Floridians have their frangipani trees. In the Midwest, the blooms of hardy, small-in-size trees can wake up a landscape with a flush of spring flowers, but those at the Chicago Botanic Garden cannot be beat at this time of year.
Unlike the delightful Eastern redbud, these buds may be small-but so numerous and eye-popping that they are impossible to miss when they are fully bloomed. A magnolia also looks spectacular, but its blooms are large and primitive-like, like from Jurassic Park. Visitors stop in their tracks when the Garden’s magnolia trees begin blooming in April and May.
The blooms of magnolias, serviceberry, redbuds, and other small ornamental trees carry winter-weary gardeners into spring, providing a welcome balm for sore eyes. Here are a few favorites for the home landscape.
Kwanzan Cherry Tree
This white and pink beauty will turn heads and wow your neighbors when planted next to a dark evergreen. The Kwanzan Cherry Tree can also serve as a shade tree for small spaces like a patio.
It’s so exciting to see this tree in spring! The colors of spring can be seen from your window. It’s a great flowering tree that adds color and increased value to your home.
The Kwanzan Cherry starts blossoming in most places in April. It’s spring when the branches are full of pink blooms.
Among the most hardy flowering cherry trees is this one. It comes in a container with soil. You don’t have to worry about any bare-root here..
Limelight Hydrangea Tree
The Limelight Hydrangea Tree is an elegant bouquet that stands 6 to 8 feet tall and is perfect to place in your landscape as a focal point. Limelight holds an impactful pom of blooms in spite of its tiny size, living up to its moniker.
This dwarf’s branches are covered with large, puffy flowers during the summer. The little-but-fierce tree has been earning the title of ‘best performer’ for a few years now due to its ravishing blooms.
Limelight Hydrangeas can be grown in a container, on a patio or in the garden, it will add a beautiful accent to almost any planting location. Plus, you can bring some of the Limelight’s freshness indoors by creating colorful flower arrangements that will brighten any room. Dry and preserve some of your favorite blooms to keep them on hand after season’s end – it’s the perfect way to keep summer alive.
Cleveland Pear Tree
A Cleveland Pear tree grows in a symmetrical, straight form without any need for pruning. This is the perfect tree to decorate a front yard or as a border along the side of roads and driveways, since it naturally grows in an oval shape.
The pure white flowers will appear every spring regardless of where you plant. The Cleveland Pear is one of the best improvements over Bradford Pears and Aristocrat Pears, since it improves the perfect, symmetrical shape of both trees in a much stronger, hardier tree. Plus, the Cleveland Pear has a pleasant aroma…unlike the Bradford, which is famous for its unpleasant scent.
The Cleveland Pear is very hardy and will not suffer damage from extreme snow, ice, or wind. Pests also won’t harm it. And its narrow, pyramidal shape makes it well-suited to even the tightest garden spaces. But despite its more manageable size, you still get a gorgeous blanket of blooms and glossy green leaves that transition to striking orange-red in fall.
Show Time Crabapple Tree
Featuring an explosion of spring flowers, autumn foliage and berries, the Show Time Crabapple will be an exciting addition to your landscape for nearly a full year.
Fuchsia flowers are the perfect way to add color. Your landscape will radiate warmth when dense, deep fuchsia blooms appear in the spring. During the fall, deep green leaves with rusty undertones turn bright red and orange. Clusters of small, glossy red berries maintain color (and attract birds)
Shape is attractive, with a moderate size. It is easy to plant and grows as tall as 25 feet and as wide as 15-20 feet, making it a good fit for most landscapes. With a naturally oval shape and upright branches, it works well alone or in small clusters.
A hardy plant that requires little maintenance in the winter. Zones 4-8 are suitable for the Show Time Crabapple. It tolerates cold well and will thrive in a slightly acidic, well-draining soil. Plus, the Show Time™ Crabapple is largely disease-resistant.
Robinson Crabapple Tree
Disease resistance and pest resistance are among the advantages of the new Robinson crabapple that some of the older varieties of crabapples were plagued by Spring blossoms are also on display!
A lot of people enjoy crabapples because they are so unique. Even though they can grow to 15-20 feet tall, they still command attention. Their attractiveness, combined with their ease of growing, makes them very attractive. Every beginner will think they’re master gardeners once they’ve worked with them. We still have Robinson Crabapples in stock, so be sure to get yours before they are gone.
Sargent Crabapple Tree
You can enjoy the compact, easy-to-maintain Sargent Crabapple year-round, from its snowy white flowers in spring to its yellow foliage and its bright red fruit in autumn.
Sargent Crabapples are ideal for small yards and landscaping, sloped areas, and below utility lines thanks to their compact size. This plant is excellent for privacy or hedging along fence lines, along patios, in mixed borders, and for providing a decorative accent. It can grow to an adult height of 6-10 feet, and its width is often nearly as large as its height.
The Sargent crabapple provides you with nearly year-round color for your landscape. When the vegetation turns yellow in the fall, its dense green foliage turns red and pink buds into fragrant white blossoms. Red fruit clusters survive into the winter. The Sargent Crabapple is alternate bearing, with heavy blooms every other year.
There are many climate and soil conditions where the Sargent Crabapple thrives. When established, it can handle some dry conditions as well, although transplanting can be challenging. Plus, the Sargent Crabapple is largely disease-resistant