Tree Service Arborist Advice on Flowering Trees

charleston sc palmetto tree serviceHi! Glad you have found my website. I am Robert Thompson and owner of Palmetto Tree Service. As a certified arborist, I am most frequently called to remove trees and limbs in the Charleston and Mount Pleasant areas. Less frequently I am called as a consultant to assist homeowners to beautify their existing flowering trees. After days of helping with damaged trees, these calls from people with questions about their flowering tree health make my week the most enjoyable. Trimming and pruning live oaks and other grand trees allows me to use the arborist skills I have plied for two decades, but delicate flowering tree care is like a breath of fresh air. Instead of adding a blog to my business website, I elected to create this separate site about flowering trees that I can refer customers to.

While flowers, especially those on trees around the Charleston, SC area, are indeed very beautiful, one has to admit that some flowering trees are far more beautiful than others. In fact, some of these trees are known to create an entirely different mood and convey a breathtaking essence – just from their mere presence. Such trees possess the capability to transform the garden – to provide a scene that shows beauty, life and grandeur, guaranteed to entice the saddest of souls into getting out and taking in the beauty of the season. From Summerville to the barrier islands of Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island and Sullivan’s Island, these beautiful trees can make the entire home site burst with color.

That’s not all, though. The flowers of flowering trees attract pollinators, while their fruits attract small mammals and birds. As they change with season, they add a new touch and essence to the garden, and naturally change its look. Here are a few trees that you can plant in your garden landscape to transform it into the natural wonderland you have always dreamed of. Drive through Mount Pleasant neighborhoods on a weekend that you have free to see how home owners adorn their property.

Below are a few of my favorite small and medium sized trees that provide brilliant color.


crepe myrtle tree

You will see these in roughly one of ten home sites in the Charleston area. Known for their tolerance to relatively extreme conditions, crape myrtles are known for their ever-changing features, and multiple and exfoliating barks. In the summer months, these display flower panicles that are dense and cloudlike in structure and white, red, pink, or purple in color. During this time, the tree might resemble a grove, thanks to the multiple colored flowers and multiple trunks. The paper-thin barks peel away during the summer, only to reveal trunks that instead look mottled and polished.

While crape myrtles grow well irrespective of the weather (they are known to grow as a dieback plant in colder areas), they do flower their best during the hot summer season, when they are seen to grow up to 15 to 25 feet tall. More than half of the Mount Pleasant home owners incorrectly severely prune these trees.


redbud tree service
Known as the harbinger of spring, the redbud has glowing magenta flowers which can give a beautiful, fiery appearance to any given garden. These flowers remain up to 3 weeks after which they give way to big, heart-shaped leaves emerge. Originally native to the wild North American landscape, these trees are surprisingly suitable for formal settings, in groves and as specimens. Sporting bright yellow foliage, redbuds grow up to 25 feet in height, though they do end up stooping with time and age. I had one that produced wonderful magenta leaves, but was severely damaged during a hurricane. Part survived and another shoot grew out of the damage. The new shoot produced another tree that did not produce the magenta leaves.


prune seven son flower tree
This flower, which is originally from China and blooms between late summer and early fall, is known for its fresh and long-lasting snow white blossoms. It has an exfoliating bark, for which it is often called the crape myrtle of the North. The most striking feature of the seven-son flower, however, is its pinkish red calyxes which remain for weeks after the flowers fade. This extremely salt- and drought-tolerant flower blooms equally well in sun and shade and grows up to 15 to 20 feet in height.


trim fringe tree
Old-fashioned and reminiscent of an old-world, earthy look, fringe trees are known for their tassel-like, wispy flowers, that can be found hanging among the branches in the middle of spring. These trees are often planted in groves, and grow up to 10 to 20 feet in height. Resistant to normal weather changes, fringe trees grow well in sun as well as in partial shade. It is a good idea to plant these trees in groves, with the male and female trees all mixed-up. This is because the male fringe trees flower robustly, while the female trees produce small fruits that birds find very attractive.


flowering dogwood tree service
One of my favorites, but the color is short lived. Watch the Masters Golf tournament to see superb dogwoods of varying colors, but only if the tournament catches the couple weeks of bloom. If you’re dying to breathe some new life into your garden, the flowering dogwood is just the flower for you. Well-known among cultivars as “a super-attractive bird tree,” the dogwood has beautiful snow-white blossoms, which turns into bright red berries with the passage of time. Unfortunately, they are rather delicate, and require specific conditions to grow properly. This includes moderate sun and shade, good quality air circulation and drainage.


flowering crabapple tree
Reliable, hardy trees that are small in size and look good in small batches, crabapples are available in 700 different named varieties. Excellent wildlife trees, they are a massively attractive for bees, birds and other pollinators. They grow up to 15-25 feet in height and often sport a stately and dramatic structure. During the spring season, crabapples have scores of multiple-colored flowers blooming on their branches. I have had a crabapple tree completely blow over in a hurricane, but was able to pull it upright and stabilize with cables. It continues to flower two decades after.


sweetbay magnolia tree trimming
Particularly popular among gardeners in the South, this Southern native is a surprisingly hardy tree that grows equally well in the summer and the winter. In fact, it is known to bloom in the harsh winter climates of Chicago and north Boston. The tree has small, cream-colored, goblet-shaped flowers which look beautiful and leave a sweet fragrance, and glossy leaves, whose undersides are silvery in color. The tree has two variations – the southern form (M. virginiana var. australis), which is evergreen and tall, and the northern form (M. virginiana), which is deciduous and has multiple trunks. Tolerant to drought and moist soils, the Sweetbay Magnolia grows up to 10-20 feet in the north, and sometimes even taller in the south.


american yellowwood tree
If you’re looking for a plant that will turn your garden into a mesmerizing spectacle, look no further than the American Yellowwood. Originally a native of the wild parts of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic areas, the plant looks especially elegant when it grows against a background of conifers. Ironically, the yellowwood is barely found the wild these days.

Known for its elegance, the yellowwood has drooping, fragrant white flower panicles, and a bark whose smoothness and silvery look stands only second to beech. The plant, which blooms during early summer, only blooms once the trees have reached a height of at least 12 feet. The foliage turns yellow during the fall. Over the course of a few years, the yellowwood grows up to 30-50 feet in height and has a wider spread.


chaste tree arborist care
If you’re the type of person who is not too keen on taking care of your plants on a daily basis, this is a good choice for you. Known to grow in areas with harsh sun and almost no water, the Chaste tree blooms in August in the Pacific Northwest, and in June in the South. The plant’s flowers bloom in the form of luminous lavender spikes, which appear on 6-inch long wands above gray-green-colored foliage, and make for a look that is lively and elegant, especially during the late-summer season.
The size of the Chaste tree, however, is known to vary – while they are known to grow up to about 20 feet tall and equally wide in the South, the ones that grow in the Pacific Northwest barely grow up to half of that size. Like many others of its kind, the chaste tree grows as a dieback plant in colder climates.


– The ideal time to plant a tree is just before it rains and when the rain will continue for at least 4 days. Thomas also says that newly planted trees must be watered generously.
– It is best to start with smaller specimens that tend to establish quickly, and move on to larger specimens only after the smaller ones have settled in and started to grow.
– It is good and reliable practice to use self-sown seedlings collected from your neighborhood and transplant them in your backyard. These tend to take hold more successfully than others, having grown up naturally.
– New specimens should always be planted close to trees that are standing on your property. This will help you avoid the undesirable look of trees scattered on your lawn with big spaces of empty land in between.
– According to Dennis Collins of Mount Auburn Cemetery, flowering trees look good in groves, and therefore should ideally be planted in groups of three or more trees sizes. This will help achieve a more natural effect.
– It is always a good idea to use native trees. Not only do they tend to attract native birds and pollinators (and create a better ecosystem), they also impart a better sense of regional identity.
– According to Guy Sternberg of Starhill Forest Arboretum, it is always a good idea to be unique. For instance, if your neighbors have crabapples, you can try planting something new – while enjoying theirs – to make for a nice contrast. Who knows, maybe they’ll enjoy your unique plants as well!
– There is no need to be perfect. According to Stephen Kress of the National Audubon Society, trees with “perfect” leaves tend to attract lesser number of birds. Kress says that birds tend to go for trees that have damaged leaves as they often have insects hiding in and around them.
– Have an affinity for the local shop. The nursery specialists and independently-owned garden centers might just have some treasures in their inventory that can make your dream garden come true.

Backyard Tree and Landscape Design

Anyone with a backyard who wants to enjoy being out there will at one time or another think about backyard landscape design. Though there are many simple things that one can do in the lawn, there are some who want to have something stunning and relaxing for when they have the time to sit out there and enjoy their space. There are some great ideas out there, and they are just waiting to be found. Many of the best ideas come from first dealing with the trees and the tree canopy. Once you have the foliage, limbs and branches shaped in your mind, it gets easier. It is really easy to come up with unique ideas as well. There are many ways to plan a yard, and there are as many ideas as there are yards. The point it to make if feel like home outside as well as inside the house.
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Making Room for Trees

One of the most expensive ways to work with backyard landscape design is to have a program designed for that purpose. I’m not sure if that is out there, but I know this is often included in programs used to help blueprint new homes. Along with putting the home and with all of the details, most of this software can also aid in backyard landscape design. It will spot your trees, whether evergreen or deciduous. The best thing about it is that it can usually give an estimate of the final cost with all of the things that have been added to the design. Below is a great example of poor planning. Both the cypress tree and the palm tree are about 10 years old. Over the next few years, they will negatively impact each other due to proximity.

Cypress and palm trees too close

Diagram Showing Trees

If this is not an option, backyard landscape design can be done just by mapping out the dimensions of the yard on a large sheet of paper and then working on what might be best or desired. Your lot lines are the first restriction and the next is how many trees you want and what size and shape your hardwood trees will be. It might take a little time, but cutting out small paper representations of each addition and then taping them on the paper might help a person to see where they are going with their backyard landscape design and what they might need to remove. We often think we have more or less room than we really do, so getting it to scale is important. Remember to think in the future as your tree size will change dramatically over a few or several years. Visit the West Columbia, South Carolina ISA Information site periodically to see if they have any ideas for you there.

Ask an Arborist

Many have seen spectacular backyard landscape design in magazines or on television. Though they may not be able to remember exactly how something looked, that might be for the best. Though a design might have looked good, it is always more special if the backyard landscape design a person goes with is one that is unique in at least a few different ways. Look at how the tree shade falls during different times of the day and maybe seasons. Consider picking the brain of a certified arborist. Find out which trees will grow and what shape and size they will be throughout their lives. Much like a home, the yard should reflect a little about the people in the house, and it should also feel like home. An exact copy of something else won’t have that cozy feeling many look for when landscaping their yards.

Pictures of some Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina trees.

Tree Blooms Front Yard

One thing that can make or break the exterior of a home is the landscaping. Although a home with a few trees and a nice green lawn in front looks fine, there’s a lot to be said for a house that has an immaculate front yard landscape design. If you aren’t a designer and you can’t afford a professional gardener, there is still a lot you can do, on your own, to make your front yard come to life.

A great place to begin looking for ideas is near your own backyard. Actually the yards of your neighbors can give you some great hints of what looks good in a front yard landscape design. Obviously you don’t want to replicate it completely although imitation is said to be a form of flattery. Seeing what kinds of trees complement certain bushes, helps to give you some insight into what works well together.

If you inspire to surpass the design of any of your neighbors you may need to look beyond their yards and at some professional ideas. There are many magazines and websites that have color images of beautiful front yard landscape designs. Depending on the climate that you live in you will most likely be able to incorporate some of the ideas into your own front yard landscape plan.

Another way to get a sense of which plants thrive in your area is a visit to the local gardening store. Here you’ll not only find all types of plants, flowering bushes and shrubs, but you’ll also be able to talk to individuals who are experienced in landscaping. Many of the people who work at gardening stores have knowledge about front yard landscape designs. They can offer suggestions as to what plants would work well together to create the look that you desire.

It may seem that you’ll need to spend a lot of money to spruce up the exterior of your home. This need not be the case as you can still create a beautiful front yard landscape design on a budget. The key is finding plants, shrubs and trees that are affordable and then using them to their full advantage.

A good example is purchasing some flowering trees that will bloom each spring. You can buy these when they are seedlings, which cost much less than a mature tree does. Each year it will fill out more, eventually creating a wonderful shady corner to the yard.

Always bear in mind that any project like this should be viewed as a work in progress. You can add a new element to your front yard landscape design each season. This helps to spread the cost over time and also allows you the chance to enjoy gardening as a hobby.

Pruning Rose Bushes

On another subject other than trees, let’s talk about making your rose bushes look great. I know that some may look as big as a tree when not pruned for a while.

To novice gardeners, the very thought of how they need to learn how to prune rose bushes if they are to raise healthy and vibrant flowering bushes, is a frightening thought. To them, rosebush pruning kind of sounds like brain surgery. In fact, search on the gardening forums on the Internet, and you’ll find that there are way more people asking about how to prune rose bushes then there are asking how to plant them in the first place.

One wonders why this should be such a scary thought to all these gardeners. The pruning part is actually quite a simple thing. If you’re not so sure about what parts to cut, just leave the parts you’re not sure of, alone, That’s it.

Now pruning certainly is an important thing when it comes to the health of a rose bush. It isn’t just control over the outward look of your rosebush. It makes for healthier blooming. With a rosebush, the first couple of years are the most productive, as far as the roses are concerned. They become less and less productive each year, starting then. So if you want to really see the most flowers possible in the couple of years that you have, you really need to learn how to prune rose bushes well.

pruning rose bushes


The first thing you want to learn about pruning is when to do it. Rosebushes will only bloom in spring. What this means is that winter is the best time to get those pruning shears out. When your rosebushes are dormant and you haven’t even done your first fertilizer application, that’s when you need to put your pruning shears to work.

A word about those shears – it wouldn’t do to get ones with blunt or tacky edges. You need sharp, quality ones. A pair of handheld pruning shears should cost you about $50 if you go to the high-end of the market. They really are worth it – they’ll provide you with clean cuts and excellent control. I use a medium file to keep sharp on a periodic basis.

A clean cut it is important for the health of your bushes. They’ll heal over far more quickly this way. You don’t need to worry about pruning those bushes in their first year. They aren’t going to be spread out enough by then for you want to do this. The second year, you’ll probably need to do only a minimal amount of pruning, depending on how much the bushes grow. The third year onwards, you will really need to dig in.

In the most regular and unambitious pruning, you’ll only twigs and branches that appear diseased or dead. You will also look for extremely tangled branches and try to get things to some order with a bit of pruning.

Building Healthy Soil for Roses

If you’re looking for one place to start growing your roses, one place to get right that will help everything else just fall into place, you should probably look into the soil first. As hardy as these plants are, soil for roses can be very important. Get this step wrong, and you’ll find yourself putting fires out all over the place, try to compensate for everything that the soil is ruining for you.

So what exactly does good soil for roses look like? To begin with, it has to be somewhat firm and clayey but not too much so. The firm clayey quality will allow it to hold water and it will allow it to hold the rosebush with some steadiness. If it’s too clayey though, it’s going to hold too much water. And that’s not a good thing. Good soil for roses is all about balance – the soil has to be the right balance between clayeyness and looseness.

Soil that’s capable of moisture retention can perform a very important function when the weather gets dry in the summer and you can’t water your plants all the time. The right kind of soil will also able to hold enough nutrients over long periods of time.

So you know something now about how the texture of the soil should be. How about the color it should be? The right kind of soil mixture is usually a dark color. A dark, rich, clayey color. The best soil will allow for quick drainage. You should make sure that you never plant your roses in a spot that’s lower than the surrounding area. You don’t want any water collecting and puddling around your roses.

Usually, you won’t find soil like this ready-to-go in your garden. You’ll need to build the soil up a little bit with compost, horse manure, peat moss and leaf mold. Add enough nutrient-rich stuff like this to your soil, and it will quickly become exactly the right kind.

If you possibly could, you need to test how acidic or alkaline your soil is. The right pH value for soil for roses tends towards the slightly acidic. Plant your roses in alkaline soil – material that looks heavily clayey – and you’ll get diseased-looking leaves on your bushes. That’s easily fixed though. You just have to add a good quantity of peat moss to the soil.

You just need to worry about how the soil is to about a foot-and-a-half into the ground. You just need to dig a nice deep hole, throw in all the compost and soil-building material you can find, and plant your rose bushes. You can’t go wrong.

Upgrade Tree Grove with the Lilac Bush

lilac bush tree
Blooming Lilac Bush Under Tree Shade

One notch down from flowering trees are large blooming bushes. Take the lilac bush as an example. Maybe you have all the high growth that you want due to your trees, and want a medium height plant to give the lower tree banches some “pop”. To fill in under existing limbs with color with some height, use larger flowering bushes. Below are a few tips on Lilac care.

For me, nothing say that summer is coming better than the blooms on a lilac bush. These are something I remember from a very young age because they were always a favorite of my moms. She would send us out each spring to find some in the neighborhood so that she could have them in the house. Aside from that, I have grown to love the beautiful bushes on my own, as they have a really great aroma and they are quite radiant as well. If you have these on your property, there are a few things you can do to care for them so that they bloom for a long time to come.

To my knowledge, most of the lilac bushes you will find are going to have either white or purple blooms. These are a bit oblong, and are made up of hundreds of tiny blossoms that form one very beautiful and fragrant branch. The lilac bush is something that seems to grow randomly, but you can find ways to plant them and nurture them on your own property. They will grow okay without much effort on your part, but you can do some things to get a truly amazing lilac bush that blooms each year.

You may not think that a lilac bush needs pruning like a rose bush would, but this can help you out if you want a better looking bush. You may already do this if you pluck blooms to take into your home, but if not, you have to think about cutting it down a bit. Some bushes can grow upwards of twenty feet or higher, but that won’t happen without proper pruning. You will also find that taking your pruning shears to the lilac bush will help it maintain a nice shape. Without it, it might grow awkwardly.

If you don’t have a lilac bush on your property, you can always find some starters. Be sure to find out how deep to plant them. You should know that these bushes of lilacs require a good amount of sun to grow into a healthy plant, and they do not do well with weeds. That might mean you want to be sure you use mulch around the base even if you don’t use it elsewhere in your yard. Be sure they get enough water and they should thrive for you each year. Once you find success with one, you may want to add even more.

Blooming Honey Locust Tree

Blooming Honey Locust Tree

Perhaps the perfect combination blooming tree/windbreak/privacy hedge is the honey locust tree. It also has some interesting lore.

Tree Growth

Also known as Honeyshuck, Sweet Locust and Sweet Bean Tree, the highly adaptable Honey Locust Tree is a popular and useful ornamental. It tolerates the poorest of soil conditions, including salt, while also withstanding heat and drought. The Honey Locust Tree grows quickly, reaching a height of 60 to 100 feet with an average 50 foot width. It roots deeply and is long lived, commonly attaining an age well over a hundred years. It may be transplanted with ease. All of these characteristics make it a valuable windbreak, as well as providing needed shade in a relatively short time.

Tree Windbreak Function

The Honey Locust Tree, with its stiff thorns, planted and trimmed as a hedge, makes an impenetrable screen against intruders and also serves as an excellent privacy screen. The thorns are so hard, they’ve been used as nails in times past.

Tree Blooms

It is deciduous, with small bright green leaves and sweetly scented cream-colored flowers appearing in late spring. Bees find the nectar appealing, which can help draw bees to your garden. Leaves turn a luminous yellow in fall and compost quickly after falling.

Tree History

Native Americans found the fruit of this blooming tree, a pod filled with a sweet pulp to be a source of food. The wood of this tree was also a favored material for bows. The pulp inside the pods has been fermented to make a beer, while the seeds may be roasted as a coffee beverage. Native American lore says that the Thunder Spirit’s son was known by his ability to comfortably lounge in the branches – and thorns – of the Honey Locust Tree.

Tree Functionality

The wood of the Honey Locust is tough and durable and makes excellent furniture pieces, although due to its limited supply, you’ll not readily find it in lumber yards or furniture shops. Being rot-resistant, it works well for posts and fencing.

With careful management, a stand of these flowering and blooming trees can yield a continuous supply of good firewood. It also provides good fodder to a variety of wildlife as well as domesticated farm animals.

All things considered, the Honey Locust Blooming Tree has many virtues besides its use as a windbreak or privacy hedge. This tree is resistant to Gypsy moths. Check with your nursery for its resistance to other pests in your region, as it varies.

In addition to its functional uses, it makes a pretty sight in spring and fall.

Landscape with Flowering Trees on a Budget

A beautiful garden and tree filled backyard can really give you something to want to come home to every day. It could also be the best addition to a home that you could make that could help raise its price on the market. A beautiful garden showcased with blooming trees can be this perfect place to escape to when you need to be by yourself, too. To many people, landscaping ideas to help turn their garden into a little piece of paradise on earth can be just as important as interior design is to other people.

And this wouldn’t be without reason, either. It isn’t natural to always be in man-made surroundings. You need to get to be with nature once in a while. It’s a great way to help your state of mind. The great thing with most landscaping ideas incorporating trees, shrubs and other plants is that nature is practically free. Of course, if you want it really easy, you can pay the landscapers and an arborist to come in and do a professional job. But doing something nearly as good by yourself isn’t that hard either. And it’s free.

A great professional interior design effect working by yourself without professional help may be difficult. When it comes to landscaping ideas on the other hand, since it is nature doing all the growing, you just need to do the arranging and adjusting. Professional results really are possible, especially if you have a friend that owns a tree service company.

Building a little reflecting pond in your yard, if your neighborhood allows it, would be a spectacular idea. If you could learn a few carpentry skills and put a little crude bridge over that water body, you’d be amazed at what it could do for the look of your garden. Check restrictions in your area to see if you are allowed to dig up flowering trees in national and state forests near you. Of course, it is much easier to identify the color of the bloom and the species of tree in the Spring. (Ideas for backyard trees)

Landscaping ideas, if you’re trying to create a Wonderland effect, don’t entirely have to be about finding the right plants and the right arrangements. It can also be about bringing what you have already out to the best effect. For instance, consider investing your budget mainly in lighting additions. Remember how the interior decorators keep telling you that the right kind of lighting design can completely change the character of a room?

blooming tree landscaping
Landscape with Blooming Trees

That’s good advice. But it doesn’t just apply to rooms. It can also apply to your garden. If you’re on a limited budget, lighting design can make for the best kind of effects. Underwater lights for your little pond, lights to light up an ornamental tree, fairy lights lining your walkways – they can all create a dramatic Wonderland effect. Shining the right lighting on your tree blooms or other non-flowering trees can be spectacular in the evening.

Actually, lining your walkways with small and beautiful flowering bushes can be best landscaping ideas ever. Just think about it – flowers and lights lining your garden paths … you wouldn’t ever want to leave home.

Flowering Cherry Trees

I love spring, and as soon as the days begin to warm I begin searching my yard for signs of life. I have plenty of early bloomers planted to give me a burst of color this time of year, getting me good and excited for the glorious display of garden life that lies ahead in the summer months. Another favorite way to bring bright hues to my yard is with flowering cherry trees that let me know spring has sprung in the most delightful and aromatic way.

When I first began my hunt for the right flowering cherry trees for my climate and environment, I found that online shopping was definitely the way to go. Not only could I find a fabulous selection, but I could also collect plenty of tips and advice on how to keep this foliage healthy all season long. Even though flowering cherry trees do not produce edible fruit, they can give my yard a hearty dose pink, white, and lavender shades so they’re definitely worth planting.

Many of the flowering cherry trees that I found online primarily grew in the southern zones of the country. One of my favorite varieties is the weeping flowering cherry tree that makes a lovely focal point in the center of my backyard. This species has plenty of long, leaning branches that look as though they are weighted down with flowers during the peak of their blooming season. I discovered that other varieties might bloom at slightly different times, so by collecting a few different species, I was able to extend my bloom time by a few weeks.

flowering cherry tree pruning

I remember seeing pictures of the Washington Monument in springtime when I was a kid, when the entire scene surrounding this majestic structure was filled with a blanket of pink. This is due to the large number of Okame flowering cherry trees, the star of the show in Washington, D.C. in the spring. The Okame variety is one of the earliest bloomers, and I love the delicious fragrance of the small pink petals.

Another nice thing about flowering cherry trees is that after they give you a delightful array of color in the spring and rich green foliage in the summer, the fall will bring yet another burst of hues to add to your autumn landscape. Some may even bloom again in the fall for a whole new show before the winter snow hits. It’s almost like getting three plants for the price of one!

Flowering cherry trees have become a favorite of mine and are sure to become one of your best landscape choices as well. By shopping online, you can find a wide variety to choose from, along with plenty of information to help you grow those plants with gusto!

Useful Tips on Flowering Trees

Here is another take on what I have written about Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC flowering trees by a friend of mine. You can see similarities in the discussion by a non-arborist::::

Flowering trees are gorgeous trees that are known to create moods by themselves. However, they are unique in many ways. For example, some are very beautiful. But they all transform a garden and the surroundings. Apart from the beauty, their fruits feed the birds and flowers attract numerous pollinators. In every season, they shape and frame your garden’s perspectives. When selecting them, it is wise to think beyond seasons. Keep in mind that there are those that shine in spring and other in summer. Below are some tips on flowering trees.

  • The best time to plant flowering trees is during the rainy season. Otherwise, you should water the trees for about four days. * Always start with the smaller specimens since they will establish quickly, and the move to larger specimens.
  • Self-sown seedlings obtained from the neighborhood are good to transplant since they take hold well.
  • When planting new specimens, plant them close to trees already in your garden. This will eliminate spotty and effect of trees placed in different places at the expense of your lawn.
  • According to experts, flowering trees look beautiful in groups. Hence, it would be wise if you can plant a group of three or more for a more natural effect.
  • It also right to use native trees. Planting native trees is an excellent way to show regional identity. The native trees also attract native birds and pollinators.
  • Try to be unique by planting something different. If most of your neighbors have crabapples, do something different by planting Sassafras or a flowering tree of your choice.
  • In flowering trees, perfection is not wanted. If a tree has perfect leaves, then fewer insects and birds it attracts. Most birds prefer damaged leaves and work on such trees in search of insects.
  • It is beneficial to shop locally. Getting beautiful flowering trees from local garden centers is possible. We all love tree blossoms for different reasons. Below are ten choices to choose.

1. Sassafras Sassafras is from North America. It has tiny yellow flowers that bloom in early spring. It also hosts several butterflies and moths. Most conservatives consider sassafras a fantastic tree for attracting insects and birds due to its high-fat content on fruits. Also, the fruits are consumed quickly by both resident and migrating birds. A Sassafras tree is very flexible and can grow up to 60 feet, in shade or sun. Its leaves are rounded, and turn orange or starlet in early fall. Unhappily, they are hard to transplant. You need to look for small specimens or seedlings at garden shops.

2. Redbud Another native North America tree is Redbud. They can grow up to 25 feet tall, even though they tend to drag themselves as they age. When glowing, magenta flowers appear, and your garden will pulse with color. The seedpods are very attractive, and the flowers take up to three weeks before big leaves emerge.

3. Flowering Dogwood If you want to transform your garden, snow white dogwood is the best. It also provides an excellent nesting place for several birds. The primary challenge might be where to plant the tree since they are undergrowth trees. You also need to check the drainage and air circulation.

4. Flowering Crabapple Flowering crabapple is some of the most beautiful flowering trees. They are beautiful trees, and when they bloom, they attract bees, birds and other pollinators making the tree more attractive. Most of them grow 15 – 25 feet tall.

5. Fridge Flowering Tree The fridge tree has wispy, cute flowers. They are only 20 feet tall, and they look amazing when planted in groves. Planting them in forests also increases the chances of planting a male and a female tree.

6. Sweetbay Magnolia Sweet bay magnolia is mostly found in Chicago and Boston areas. It grows in the shade or the sun and can withstand moist soil and drought. Most Sweetbay magnolia trees grow 10 – 20 feet, but you can find taller ones.

7. Chaste Tree Castre tree blooms in summer, long after the spring is gone. Due to its beautiful flowers, it is planted near a path to be appreciated up close. Most grow up to 20 feet tall. It is a unique tree that grows in a dry area, grows in the sun and needs minimum care.

8. American Yellowwood Yellowwood is famous for its smooth white flowers. The flowers are considered comfortable and bee magnet. However, it does not bloom until the tree is 12-feet tall. It can grow up to 50 feet.

9. Crape Myrtle Another beautiful and unique flowering tree is crape myrtle. It displays dense flowers in pink, white, red or in purple. It blooms best in hot summers and can grow 15 – 25 feet tall. 10. Seven-son flower Seven-son tree grows in the shade or the sun and can grow up to 20 feet tall. It is also salt and drought resistant. Though young trees can be a challenge while growing, it is a fantastic tree once it adapts to the environment.