By Nancy Penrose

Regardless of what the groundhog said a few weeks ago, spring is coming soon. It officially starts on March 19 this year.

One of the great things about spring is the blooming of flowers on flowering trees. These trees can make a great and colorful addition to your landscape. And the best time of the year to transplant trees is from October to April. So now is a great time to add a flowering tree to your yard. Here are 8 great options.

Korean Dogwood
Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small to medium, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-30’ tall, with a vase-shaped habit in the early years but eventually maturing to a more rounded form. Bloom occurs in late spring. The flowers of the Kousa dogwood are 3-5” across, and have four narrowly pointed white petals.  When they first open have a light green color and fade to white.

Thundercloud Plum
The Thundercloud plum has purple foliage throughout the growing season. It is not fruit bearing but does produce single pink flowers in early spring. A reliable tree that is adaptable to most growing conditions.

Mount Fuji Cherry
The ‘Mount Fuji’ flowering Cherry tree provides incredible double white blossoms each spring.  This is a beautiful, deciduous focal point tree that can be shaped and trained into a spreading canopy. The Mount Fuji Cherry is a great front yard showstopping specimen!

Kwanzan Cherry
The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry is best known for its beautiful double bright pink blossoms. The Kwanzan blooms in the early spring then develops a nice green leaf in the summer months.  This tree would be a great accent for any yard.

Akebono Cherry
The Akebono Flowering Cherry is a small ornamental tree with an upright habit in early years that slowing becomes spreading. This cherry grows to about 20-25’ tall with a spread of 25-30’. The showy pink blossoms in early spring create a dazzling display that gradually fades to white.  Fall foliage is an attractive yellow and orange.

Japanese Snowbell
A wonderful tree as a focal point or specimen in your yard. Appropriate for smaller yards as it is slow growing and matures to be 20 ft tall by 15 to 20 ft wide. The Japanese snowbell is covered with white fragrant blossoms in June or July. It has a lovely shape and a gracefully spreading habit. The Japanese snowbell is reliable and easy to grow.

Spring Snow Crabapple
These fruitless flowering crabapples are fast growing, low maintenance, and deer resistant.  In early spring they are covered with a wonderful display of pristine white flowers.  They have a classic upright oval form making them suitable for many different landscapes.

If you are looking for a native tree to add some interest to your landscape this may be the tree for you! They work well as a street tree, as a focal point tree, or in a group to define the edge of a woodland or a property line.  The delicate white flowers in the early spring provide early nectar needs of insects.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at or They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296

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