Small trees zone 6

Summer Flowering Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora'(PeeGee hydrangea) in summer bloom.

Laura Jull, UW-Madison Horticulture
Revised: 8/13/2012
Item number: XHT1016

May Showers Bring Summer Flowers: Most gardeners think that spring is the time of year when woody plants flower. However, many trees and shrubs flower from late spring to late summer. Wisconsin homeowners can choose from a variety of plants listed below to insure continual bloom throughout most of the growing season.

Flowering Trees:
* Catalpa speciosa (Northern catalpa): 50-60′ tall; large leaves; large, white flowers in late June
* Cladrastis lutea (yellowwood): 30-40′ tall; vase-shaped; white, fragrant flowers in mid June
Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood): 15′ tall; native; creamy, fragrant flowers in mid June; blue fruit
* Cotinus obovatus (American smoketree): 20-30′ tall; greenish, smoky flowers in late June
* Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington hawthorn): 25′ tall; thorny; white flowers in June; red fruit
* Maackia amurensis (amur maackia): 20-30′ tall; smooth olive bark; white flowers in July
**Magnolia sieboldii (Oyama magnolia): 15′ tall; white, fragrant flowers in late June; may be hard to find
**Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese stewartia): 15-20′ tall; exfoliating bark; white flowers in July, acid
Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ (Japanese tree lilac): 15-25′ tall; oval shape; creamy flowers in mid June
* Syringa pekinense (Pekin lilac): 15-20′ tall; exfoliating bark; creamy-white flowers in mid June
Tilia cordata (little leaf linden): 50-60′ tall; pyramidal shape; small, fragrant flowers in June

Flowering Shrubs:
* Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye): 8′ tall; suckering; showy, white flowers in July
**Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush): 5′ tall; dies back; fragrant flowers from July to fall; marginally hardy; needs protection
**Calycanthus floridus (Carolina allspice): 6-8′ tall; fragrant, brownish-maroon flowers in mid June; marginally hardy
**Caryopteris x clandonensis (blue mist spirea): 3′ tall; dies back; blue flowers in Aug. to Sept.; marginally hardy
* Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush): 8′ tall; native shrub; coarse texture; creamy-white, globular flowers in July
* Clethra alnifolia (summersweet clethra): 4-8′ tall; fragrant, pinkish flowers in late July to Aug.; acid soil
Cornus alba (Tatarian dogwood): 6-8′ tall; red stems; white, flat-topped flowers in June
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood): 6-10′ tall; native; white, flat-topped flowers in June; white fruit
Cornus stolonifera (redosier dogwood): 6-8′ tall; native; red stems; white, flat-topped flowers in June
* Cotinus coggygria (smokebush):10-15′ tall; some with red new growth; pinkish, smoky flowers in July
Diervilla lonicera (bush honeysuckle): 3′ tall; native; suckering; small, yellow flowers in early July
* Genista tinctoria (common woodwaxen): 2-3′ tall; bright, yellow flowers in late June to July
** Hibiscus syriacus (rose-of-Sharon): 8′ tall; large flowers in July to Aug.; marginally hardy; dies back
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (Annabelle hydrangea): 4′ tall; suckering; large, white flowers in July
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘All Summer Beauty’ (bigleaf hydrangea): 4′ tall; large, pink flowers in July-Aug.
Hydrangea paniculata (panicle hydrangea): 6-15′ tall; large, white flowers Aug. to Sept. that turn brown
* Hypericum kalmianum (Kalm St. Johnswort): 2-3′ tall; native; showy bark; yellow flowers in July to Aug.
* Lespedeza bicolor (shrub bushclover): 4′ tall; dieback shrub; reddish-purple flowers in July-Aug.
* Ligustrum obtusifolium var. regelianum (Regel’s border privet): 4′ tall; hedge; white flowers in late June
**Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian-sage): 3-4′ tall; gray-green leaves; violet-blue flowers in Aug.; dies back
Potentilla fruticosa (potentilla): 3′ tall; native; yellow to white flowers from late June to fall
* Rosa hybrids: many to choose from; many colors; choose ones for disease resistance
Rosa rubrifolia (redleaf rose): 4-6′ tall; suckering; red-purple leaves; pink flowers in June; red hips
Rosa rugosa (rugosa rose): 4-5′ tall; fragrant flowers in many colors from late June to fall; large hips
* Rosa setigera (prairie rose): 6′ tall; native; suckering; pale pink flowers in early July; small hips
* Rosa pimpinellifolia (Scotch rose): 3-4′ tall; suckering; yellow, white, or pink flowers in June to July
Rosa virginiana (Virginia rose): 4′ tall; suckering; red stems; pink flowers in June; red hips
Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry): 8′ tall; native; suckering; white flowers in June; black fruit
Sorbaria sorbifolia (Ural falsespirea): 5′ tall; suckering; large, fuzzy, white flowers in July
Spiraea x billiardii (Billiard spirea): 6′ tall; suckering; large, dense, rose flowers in July to Aug.
Spiraea fritschiana (Korean spirea): 4′ tall; blue-green leaves; large, white flowers in late June
Spiraea japonica (Japanese spirea): 2-4′ tall; many cultivars, white or pink flowers in June to Aug.
Tamarix ramosissima (tamarisk): 8′ tall; fine texture; pink flowers in late June to Aug.
**Vitex agnus-castus (chastetree): 3-5′ tall; dies back; blue flowers in late July to Aug.; marginally hardy
* Weigela x ‘Red Prince’ (Red Prince weigela): 5′ tall; red flowers in late May and again in summer
* Yucca filamentosa (yucca): 2-3′ tall; evergreen; sword-like leaves; large white flowers in July

Flowering and Colorful Foliage Vines:
* Actinidia kolomikta (kolomikta actinidia): grown mainly for foliage with white to pink mottling
* Actinidia polygama (silvervine actinidia): grown mainly for foliage with silvery mottling
* Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman’s pipe): grown mainly for large leaves; small, pipe shaped flowers
* Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper): vigorous; fast growing; large, orange flowers from July-Aug.
* Clematis hybrids: many colors and sizes of flowers, early to late summer; some with showy seed heads
**Clematis tangutica (golden clematis): yellow, bell-shaped flowers in late summer; showy seedheads
* Clematis terniflora (sweet autumn clematis): very showy, fragrant, white flowers in early Sept.
* Clematis texensis (scarlet clematis): urn-shaped, nodding, scarlet to pink flowers in late June to fall
* Clematis viticella (Italian clematis): white, violet, red, or mauve flowers in midsummer
* Hydrangea petiolaris (climbing hydrangea): large, lacy, white flowers in late June; exfoliating bark
* Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ (Dropmore scarlet honeysuckle): summer, tubular, scarlet flowers
* Lonicera x heckrottii (goldflame honeysuckle): dark pink and yellow, tubular, fragrant, summer flowers
* Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle): trumpet shaped, orange-scarlet or yellow flowers in July
* Polygonum aubertii (silver fleece vine): fragrant, white, lacy flowers in summer; fast grower, marginal
* Rosa x ‘Henry Kelsey’ (Henry Kelsey rose): climbing; arching; semi-double, red flowers in summer
* Rosa x ‘William Baffin’ (William Baffin rose): climbing; semi-double, deep-pink flowers in summer
**Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria): fragrant, lilac or white, 6″ long flowers in July; marginally hardy
*Wisteria macrostachys (Kentucky wisteria): lavender or white, 8″ long flowers in June
No asterisk indicates cold hardy to zone 3.
* Indicates hardy to zone 4. In colder areas, such as zone 3 (northern WI), the plant may die back.
**Indicates hardy to zone 5. In colder areas, such as zone 3 and 4 (central WI), the plant will die back.

For more information on woody plants:
See UW-Extension bulletins A2865, A3067, G1609, A1771, and University of Wisconsin Garden Facts X1012, X1014, X1015, or contact your County Extension Agent.

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Small Trees for Small Spaces: Flowering Trees that Pack a Pretty Punch

It’s hard to imagine a complete landscape or garden without a tree or two. Trees provide comfortable shade for people as well as many smaller plants that can’t handle full sun. They also bring an aesthetic balance, adding height and depth to landscapes that might otherwise feel flat and empty.

But, not every yard has room for massive, seventy foot tall trees. Even when there is room, larger trees may create too much shade, leaving inadequate space for garden plants like tomatoes which require full sun. We’ve been helping San Jose property owners pick the right tree for their property for decades. We thought to share with you a simple guide to help you pick your next tree for planting in small spaces.

Crape Myrtle – This deciduous shrub or tree requires full sun and moderate water. They bring wonderful summer flowers and many varieties provide brilliant fall color as well. Climate Zone: 6 – 10.

Cherry Laurel – These trees are quite resilient, and grow well in urban settings. Do to their potentially compact form, they can be grown as a hedge or shrub and they provide beautiful white flowers similar to typical cherry trees. Climate Zone: 7-10.

Chaste Tree – A wonderful garden or patio tree, Chaste trees bloom in bunches of fragrant lilac flowers, with gray-green foliage. They can be trained into shrubs or used as excellent accent trees. Climate Zone: 5 – 9.

Almond Tree – Small and compact, the almond tree is a relative of the peach. Almond blossoms are fragrant and attractive to bees and other pollinators as a food source in the spring. The almonds that come later can also be harvested as a food source for your family. Climate Zone: 5 – 9.

Flowering Dogwood – White Dogwoods are a particularly attractive variety, since they bloom with white “flowers” in the spring time, their leaves shift colors to a bold reddish purple color in the fall, and their small red fruits attract birds through the winter months. Climate Zone 5 – 9.

Magnolia Tree – The Southern Magnolia may be more familiar to some, but Little Gem Magnolia trees are another excellent option, especially for smaller spaces since it has a more narrow, columned form. These trees have large, creamy white flowers much like their larger siblings, and the blooms can last half the year. Climate Zone: 7 – 9.

Lily Tree – Lily trees deliver an exciting midsummer show, filling with large, upward-facing flowers than come in a variety of beautiful colors. Some varieties offer a single color, like purple, others are multi-colored. Climate Zone: 3 – 10.

Flowering Quince – Quince tends toward a shrub shape, but can be trained into a taller tree. They bloom in late winter into early spring with salmon, pink, red, or white flowers. Climate Zone: 4 – 10.

Flowering Crabapple – Crabapples make wonderful ornamental trees, partly because there are so many options (more than 35 species and 700 cultivated varieties). Certain varieties can be very large (50 feet tall), so be sure to verify that before you plant. Prairifire crabapples may be a good choice, since they have good disease resistance and grow well in a variety of conditions. They shift colors from maroon in spring to dark green in summer and then bronze in the fall. Climate Zone: 3 – 8.

Western Redbud – An extraordinary ornamental option, these small trees bloom in spring with large numbers of small rose-purple flowers. In addition, their foliage and branches offer excellent fall and winter colors. Our blog offers more details on Western Redbud care. Climate Zone: 6 – 9.

As you can see, there are a great many excellent options when it comes to small, ornamental trees for compact spaces. Hopefully this list will help you make a selection that you can enjoy for years. Of course, Arbortek has helped many home and commercial property owners all around San Jose and the Greater Bay Area select and maintain ornamental treed, both small and large, and we would be happy to assist you with custom recommendations.

One of the biggest tree planting mistakes we see homeowners make is that they underestimate the mature size of the tree, especially the spread. When you bring home a small sapling to plant, it can be difficult to imagine just how large it will be when it’s full-grown. But most of the trees grown here in northeast Ohio get quite tall and wide – some can reach heights over 100 feet!

While pruning can sometimes help keep larger trees from crowding a building, power lines, walkways or other structures, you cannot rely on pruning to make a naturally large tree into a smaller one. More often than not, the tree grows too large for the area where it has been planted and has to be removed.

To avoid this hassle (and cost!), check the mature height and width of a tree before you purchase and plant it. Then be sure to plant it far enough away from sidewalks, homes, overhangs, or any other structures so that it will not become an issue as it grows.

Or, better yet, plant a tree that stays small!

Here are our top recommendations for smaller trees that grow well in northeast Ohio. They’re all around 10-30 feet tall so will fit into a smaller yard and can be planted closer to nearby structures than their larger brethren. As an added benefit, many of the small trees we mention here are wonderful ornamental trees and have gorgeous spring blossoms.

One thing to remember is that the cultivar (the specific “name” of the tree) is important here, as sizes vary among types of trees. For instance, some cultivars of weeping cherry trees are very large, whereas others stay relatively small. Be sure you buy the correct variety!

Dogwoods (Cornus kousa and Cornus florida)

While some Korean and American dogwoods are large trees that wouldn’t do well in a smaller space, there are some varieties that stay a more manageable size.

Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa) – Look for cultivars like ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ which grows to only about 15 feet. Similar in form to a weeping willow, it has branches that arch downwards for a stunning effect. ‘Little Beauty’ only reaches 15 feet, as does ‘Madame Butterfly,’ whose flowers resemble butterflies. ‘Moonbeam’ grows 15-20’ tall and has giant, 7-inch flowers. Some varieties of Korean dogwood can also be grown as shrubs.

American dogwood (Cornus florida) hybrids – These trees are a cross between the Korean and native American dogwoods, and have been developed to be disease-resistant. You can read more about dogwoods in our best colorful fall foliage post. One of the best is the large-flowered Constellation® (Cornus ‘Rutcan’, 22 feet), which bears profuse, large, white flowers in mid-spring. Its dark green foliage puts on a stunning show in fall when it turns shades of purple-red. Stellar Pink® dogwood (Cornus x ‘Rutgan’, 30 feet) offers large, pink flowers in mid-spring and also has purple-red fall foliage.

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

A native tree, the redbud (Cercis canadensis) lives up to its name with bright red buds and brilliant pink-red blossoms in early spring. It grows quickly to about 20-30 feet tall and does best in full sun.

Redbud flowers appear before the foliage in spring, covering bare branches with vivid red-pink blossoms. During the summer, redbud trees can be identified by their heart-shaped leaves.

Two of the most beautiful, and smallest, varieties are ‘Forest Pansy’ and ‘Hearts of Gold’. ‘Forest Pansy’ will grow to about 25 feet high and 30 feet wide and has a clearance of about 3 feet from the ground (so don’t plant it where you would need to walk under it). ‘Hearts of Gold’ has gold leaves and will reach about 20 to 25 feet tall and around 20 feet wide.

Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)

Another native tree that we often recommend for small spaces is the Allegheny serviceberry tree, which will reach up to 25 feet tall. Unlike most of the other small trees mentioned, it enjoys partial shade and will not do well in full sun. The Allegheny serviceberry tree has large white flowers in the spring, and has a dark fruit that birds love to eat. In fall, the leaves turn a brilliant orange-red, and it even provides some interest in winter with its dark gray bark. There are several different cultivars of this small tree, but they all grow to only 30 feet tall or less, so any cultivar of this tree should work well.

Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum)

How small do you want to go? Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) can be as small as the dwarf ‘Beni Komachi’ (6 feet), whose name means “beautiful, red-haired little girl,” or as tall as American varieties of maples (some reach up to 40 feet!). It can also be grown as a shrub, like the 4-foot tall ‘Green Snowflake’ (the leaves really do resemble snowflakes).

If you’re looking for a traditional looking Japanese maple, try ‘Emperor 1,’ which has red leaves and can reach 20 feet tall. ‘Katura’ has green leaves and will reach about 15 feet tall. ‘Beni Kawa’ has bright red bark that would look great in the middle of a snowy winter and grows to 15 feet tall, though it spends the first 10 years more shrub-like at a height of only 5 to 7 feet.

As with our native maples, the leaves on many Japanese maples turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red or purple in autumn, adding a blaze of color to the fall landscape.

Sargent Crabapple

While crabapples are generally smaller trees, there’s one cultivar that’s especially known for its diminutive stature. The Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) is widely used as an ornamental specimen and can be grown as a large shrub or a dwarf tree. This multi-stemmed tree only reaches 6 to 8 feet tall although it has a much wider spread (9 to 15 feet). It’s highly adaptable, thriving in a wide variety of conditions although it prefers full to partial sun and moist, well-drained soil.

The red buds and fragrant white flowers are showy, although the spring flowering season is relatively short. Birds love the dark red fruit that often hang from the tree throughout the winter, providing an important food source for wildlife.

Star Magnolia

Again, be careful what kind of Magnolia tree you get. Tuliptree Magnolias (Liriodendron x tulipifer), one of the most popular types of magnolia tree found in Ohio, can reach up to 100 feet! On the other hand, Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia x tripetala) grows to only about 30 feet high. For a truly small tree, we recommend Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellate), which will reach a maximum height of about 15 feet (it can also be pruned to stay somewhat smaller than that). Look for cultivars ‘Royal Star’ and ‘Waterlily.’

Weeping Cherry

Weeping Higan Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’) really makes a statement in the landscape; it’s a terrific specimen tree to plant in the front yard. Native to Japan, these trees have been planted all over the country and have naturalized in parts of Ohio, so they’re bound to do well for you.

During spring, weeping cherries are like a flower waterfall covering your yard with a profusion of fragrant cherry petals. These dramatic trees thrive in full sun, and, because of their long branches, should not be pruned shorter unless they are diseased or damaged. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this tree too, so you’ll attract some colorful additions to your yard.

‘Pendula Rosea’ has pale pink flowers and grows about 12 feet tall and wide; ‘Rosea’ will grow up to 25 feet and has red buds and pink flowers. As with other trees, be careful which one you choose; some cultivars grow up to 40 feet tall.

Resources

For more tips on tree planting, see this post. Or contact us for a consultation. We’ll even plant the tree for you!

Best Spring-Flowering Trees for Northeast Ohio

Best Northeast Ohio Trees for Colorful Fall Foliage

How to Properly Plant a Tree

Note: In spring, you might notice the purple leaves and contrasting pale-pink flowers of purple plum (also called cherry plum) trees in the area. While purple plum is a smaller tree, it’s considered invasive in neighboring counties so we didn’t include it in this list.

Which Flowering Trees Bloom the Longest?

dogwood pink image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com

Blooming trees add a visual appeal to the landscape like none other. Although most trees bloom for one to two months each year, there are some species that bloom much longer, flowering as long as June through November’s frosts. In addition to being known as the trees that bloom the longest, these varieties are drought resistant, disease resistant and thrive in full sunlight.

Redbud Tree

The redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) has both blooms and leaves that enhance its visual appeal. When grown in full sun, the redbud tree’s blossoms begin to form in early March starting as purple-lavender buds, and remain on the tree through May finishing their season as pink-lavender flowers. As the flowers fall, they are replaced by heart shaped green foliage that turns red and yellow in the fall, adding another colorful season to the tree.

The redbud tree’s blossoms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, honeybees and birds. Growing to a final height of 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide, the redbud thrives in full sun to partial shade and does best in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 9. The redbud is adaptable to most soil types, but prefers a moist, well-draining, rich soil.

Crape Myrtle

The crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is the longest blooming tree in existence. Its flowers remain in bloom between 60 and 120 days. The crape myrtle is a native plant of Australia and Asia, and prefers well draining soil. The flowers on the crape myrtle form into large showy clusters of red, pink or white, depending upon the variety.

The crape myrtle is so drought resistant that it is commonly planted along the sides of highways as a decorative tree. Crape myrtle thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 9 and grow very vigorously in full sun reaching a maximum height of 30 feet and a width of 15 feet.

Dogwood

The dogwood tree (Cornus florida) thrives in Zone 5, and grows to roughly 30 feet tall with a width of 20 feet. The dogwood produces clusters of showy white and pink flowers from mid May until August, which produce berries through the fall. This tree’s final visual show ends with its leaves turning a deep violet color in late fall and early winter before falling from the tree. The dogwood prefers rich, well draining soil and thrives in full sun.

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Sure, growing and maintaining a beautiful garden during the spring, early summer and autumn is a piece of cake… you have the warm temperatures and sunny skies on your side. Once the winter season rolls around, it can feel impossible or useless to keep up with all your hard gardening work. It doesn’t have to be that way with winter blooming plants.

There are actually quite a few beautiful trees with flowers (and other flowering plants – check out upcoming blogs) that thrive during the winter’s harsh cold weather and improve your winter landscape. Their bare branches can produce beautiful red flowers or white blooming clusters of showy blooms.

Here is a list of our favorite fall blooming trees and winter flowering trees:

Japanese Magnolia

Magnolia liliiflora is a deciduous shrub (sheds its leaves annually) or small tree that is of Japanese origins, even though it is not native to Japan. It is also known as Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia, cup shaped or saucer magnolia and Woody-orchid. One of our favorite winter blooming trees for it’s saucer-like flowers that bloom in winter and elegant look. The Japanese magnolia only grows to be around 13 feet tall and it is a prominent bloomer during the very late winter and early spring months. It can sporadically re-bloom through the summer.

Its incredible eye-catching, goblet-shaped, aromatic pink and purple blossoms are about 3 inches tall and grow profusely before its large, 8 inch long and 4 inch wide leaves bud. The Japanese magnolia prefer full sun and has been known to survive winter temperatures as low as -4°F. This makes it a great small tree to be grown across all of the United States in USDA growing zones 4-8.

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida is a deciduous beauty, which thrives in the early spring months and can grow up to 30 feet tall and 35 feet wide at mature size. However, the typical size is more like 15 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide across. This genus of about 30-60 species of woody plants is classified in the Cornaceae family; it is a native plant to the United States. When many other blooming trees are hibernating during the winter, the flowering Dogwood shows off its canopy of snow white flowers or pink flowers. It is often accompanied by a host of small, red fruits with new fall foliage unfolding for 2-3 weeks.

Perfect Plant’s offers 2 varieties of the dogwood. Pick your bloom color (pink or white)! This early spring bloomer is a great option as a specimen tree or used in a background. Flowering Dogwoods prefer well-drained but moist soil and part shade in the south and full sun in the north. Although any stress could make dogwoods susceptible to disease, established trees are tolerant of normal dry periods. However they will need supplemental watering during extreme droughts. As if you’re not completely sold on this beautiful tree, let’s not forget that its lightly colored, green 3-6 inch long leaves will turn red and purple in the autumn months. One of our favorite trees that bloom in winter for fall color.

Cherry Tree

Prunus campanulata also knows as Taiwan cherry, Formosan cherry or bellflowered cherry, is a small, deciduous tree with a maximum height and width of 25 feet. This cultivar not only thrives in the winter but demands the cool temperatures as a sufficient chill period. It is necessary for the tree to develop healthy bud-bursts, as well as flowering and small 1/8 inch cherries which ripen to a black color. In early spring, an opulence of showy, inch-sized, bell-shaped flowers. These fragrant flowers appear nearly neon pink, fragrant, and in clusters of 2-6 buds. They appear before the leaves come in late spring and summer. Leaves turn bronze in autumn.

Considered by many to be the most beautiful of the flowering cherries, the Taiwan cherry is an outstanding tree for a Japanese style winter garden or simply as a specimen anywhere early spring flowers are desired. The Taiwan cherry does best in full sun but will tolerate shade. It requires regular watering and will tolerate heat better than other flowering cherry varieties. Unfortunately, Taiwan cherry seldom lives more than 10-15 years.

Snowdrift Crabapple

Malus x ‘Snowdrift’ is classified in the Rosaceae family, is a vibrant fruit tree that loves to show off its red-orange fruit and gorgeous fragrant white and bright yellow flowers during the first winter months. The flowering period lasts throughout early spring. The snowdrift crabapple has luscious and glossy dark green leaves that remain full and bright, while other plants dwindle away and die when the cold temperatures set in.

The snowdrift crabapple is best grown in sunny locations with good air circulation. They have no particular soil preferences, other than preferring well-drained soil. It is well adapted to compacted urban soil, tolerates drought and poor drainage well – is also somewhat tolerate of salt spray. It is a very adaptable tree for urban landscapes. Do not over fertilize since this could increase the incidence of disease.

These winter blooming plants sure do turn eyes even when the sun may not be shining the brightest. Contact us if you have any questions about these trees.

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