A Spring Floral Forecast – What to Watch

Your Super Spring Floral Forecast

Spring has officially arrived, but some of us have yet to see the proof.

spring leaf bud
Some regions of the U.S. still have yet to see spring tree buds appear.

As Mother Nature continues to take her time warming the earth, awakening roots and budding trees in several regions of the U.S., it’s likely you’re itching to step outside for a breath of fresh air, or for a backdrop of bright colors and green life as far as the eye can see.

Ah, sweet springtime. When will we ever meet again?

In the meantime, you may want to check out our Super Spring Floral Forecast below. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy this list of the 9 best trees to watch for in spring–for their fragrance, their blossoms and their utter beauty. Because it’s nice to have something to look forward to, right?




USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones begin in Alaska with 1a and 1b (light purple) and end in Puerto Rico with 13a and 13b (dark red). USDA.gov


SPRING TREE #1: Common Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

You don’t want to miss the common horsechestnut in spring. Clusters of white flowers pop within its green foliage, which encompasses the tree’s large canopy during the growing season. According to the University of Illinois Extension, the common horsechestnut thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 – 7.


SPRING TREE #2: Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)

The serviceberry tree presents us with extremely showy clusters of white flowers in spring as well. Ideal for a small area, the serviceberry also exists within hybrid trees, such as the Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’. A bonus to ‘Autumn Brilliance’? Come fall, its orange to red fall foliage coloration does not disappoint. It prefers USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 – 7.

serviceberry tree in spring
The serviceberry tree is known for its extremely showy clusters of white flowers in spring.

SPRING TREE #3: Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

If you like the looks of the serviceberry, check out the Eastern redbud-yet another white flower-bearing specimen with pops of orange to red fruit scattered within the canopy. This tree also thrives in similar USDA Plant Hardiness Zones as the serviceberry-Zones 4 – 8.


SPRING TREE #4: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

The Kousa dogwood seems to have it all: interesting, exfoliating bark; attractive fall color, flowers and red fruit, which is not only visually pleasing but also edible as well. In spring, observe its white blossoms emerge from a simple green canopy. It’s often rooted in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 – 8.


SPRING TREE #5: Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellate)

Another tree you should keep watch for in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 – 8 is the star magnolia. Its fragrant, white or pink spring flowers are often early bloomers, so monitor your own star magnolia trees for frost damage early in the season. Other common cultivars of the magnolia tree include Centennial, Pink Stardust, Rosea, Royal Star and Waterlily.


magnolia trees
Magnolia trees boast fragrant white or pink flower blossoms in spring.

SPRING TREE #6: Crabapple (Malus)

In USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 – 8, you’ll find several cultivars of the crabapple tree, including Golden Raindrops, Adirondack, Prairifire andSnowdrift, which is one of the best known white flowering crabapples. From pink and red buds to red and white blossoms and red fruit, crabapple trees are quite the sight to see in spring!


SPRING TREE #7: Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Although the Japanese flowering cherry tree is relatively short-lived, this large tree is well known for its dramatic display of flower blossoms in spring. According to The Ohio State University’s PlantFacts, flowers range from single blossoms to doubles and from white to pink in color. You’ll often see these blossoms appear in April or early May. Native to Japan, the Japanese flowering cherry thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 – 8-particularly in Washington, D.C., where the 102nd National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place this year.

cherry blossoms in spring
What’s not to love about cherry blossoms in spring?

SPRING TREE #8: Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)

Several cultivars of the Callery pear tree exist for spectacular spring displays, including the Trinity, Aristocrat,Cleveland Select and Redspire. You’ll enjoy their spring features, from glossy green foliage to gorgeous white flowers. The Callery pear prefers a wide range of USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, anywhere from 4 to 9.


SPRING TREE #9: Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulate)

Large clusters of creamy, fragrant white flowers bloom from the canopy of the Japanese tree lilac in early summer within USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 – 7. The oval to rounded shapes of Japanese tree lilac canopies stand out among several more standard tree canopies-and add depth to your picture-perfect spring scene.

So, now that you’re excited to see all spring has to offer, why not help prepare your own trees for that grand appearance you’ve been waiting for so far this season? Refer to Davey’s spring tree service checklist for five smart tree tips you can apply to your landscape now.

And, if you’d like to learn how to optimize the appearance of your trees in spring, contact your local Davey professionally trained arborist for a free consultation–then, enjoy the show!


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