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.