With such a rich variety of resplendent flowering trees available, I’ve always thought its a shame the Alberta landscape isn’t a dappled tapestry of floral explosions. We seem to be resigned to the idea that trees are simply green, and I’d like to change that.
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COURAGEOUS CRABAPPLE (Pink) / SPRING SNOW CRABAPPLE (White)
It might surprise you to learn that apple trees are actually a member of the Rose family! So its no wonder they would find a prominent position of this list.
With these incredible trees you can enjoy all the flowering glory with non of the mess since they don’t generally fruit! With flower sets so deep they seem to consume the entire canopy; these guys take no half measures when showing off their pomp and glory.
Tip: as the old adage goes; you should be able to throw a cat clean through a properly pruned fruit tree. Keeping your apple tree well thinned will focus maximum energy to the flower buds and emphasize your floral spring burst!
Fun fact: The round shape of these flowers makes them a favourite of bees and other pollinators, which enjoy rolling around inside!
Alternatives- Muckle Plumb (Pink flowers with no fruiting)
Hailing from the exulted Amur river region; this tree is more than happy to finish last, and you’ll be glad too… With its fragrant, mid to late summer bloom, the Maackia still bears is showy garb weeks after most trees have changed into their more dreary late summer attire. Making it the perfect piece of the puzzle when designing a yard with year round appeal!
True to its name; this tree is as hardy as a crowbar. With some of the strongest wood in North America, no disease or pest issues, preference for dry soil, and a low maintenance growth habit; this is the perfect specimen tree for the set it-and forget it, home owner.
Though its hops-like flowers aren’t the most radiant and colourful, its unique exfoliating bark and wildlife appeal (birds and squirrels are sure to frequent) more than make up for it!
Japanese Tree Lilac
My not-so-guilty pleasure, nothing can keep me from stopping to indulge in the almost narcotic aroma of a lilac tree. A smell so wonderful it can be the highlight of an already great day, what else need be said about these wonderful gifts from above.
With their dense foliage, hardy nature, and prodigious spread; Lilacs are an excellent landscape selection for everything from privacy screens to specimen centre pieces.
Although they’re blooms are notoriously short lived (lasting just a few weeks in early spring), I suppose the finer pleasures in life always are.
Tip: Like with most flowering trees, proper pruning practice is critical for maximizing your lilacs effect. Not only will a neglected bush choke itself out, but improper pruning can leave you with a row of dead sticks and an up to 5 year wait for the next bloom.