It’s the middle of winter and cabin fever is setting in. The temperatures outside call for a cozy cup of tea by the fire, but in the back of your mind, you’re visualizing crocuses peeping out of a winter landscape and new buds on flowering trees.
If you’re considering some new ornamental trees to add to your landscape this season, there’s a lot to consider. Ornamental, or specimen trees, are a beautiful way to add color to your lawn and garden and provide enjoyment for years to come. Many ornamental trees grow to no larger than 25 to 30 feet in height, making them perfect for planting close to patios, pool areas and walkways. Some flowering trees can be even smaller, allowing for more ground cover.
How to choose? Here are some options:
Dogwood. These trees can grow quite tall (about 40 feet) yet grow slowly. It can take up to 20 years for a Dogwood tree to mature. These trees are appreciated for their variety of color—from deep pink to white – and are also appealing in the fall. It’s best to plant Dogwood where they’ll receive morning sun and lots of circulation.
Magnolia. There are over 200 different species of magnolia trees – ranging from 15 feet tall to 80 feet. Magnolias bloom from April to June and many species have a fragrant scent accompanying a white, purple or light pink flower. Magnolias are naturally resistant to most insects and diseases and are a very low-maintenance tree.
Cherry. The Cherry tree is the most widely planted ornamental tree in the U.S. This tree is only in bloom for one week, but, what a sight for seven days! Not only are Cherry trees spectacular when they bloom, but watch the flowers as they change. Most start out a deep pink, then turn a pale pink and almost white.
Remember, if this is your year for a new, ornamental tree, choose an area of your property where there’s well-drained soil in full sun, although many varieties tolerate partial shade and a drier soil once they’re established. Make sure to plant in an area with enough room for the tree to grow because some mature into large trees. Talk to the experts at Antine Landscape Designs about ornamental and specimen trees. Find out which ones are right for your yard!