Zone 5 & 6 Flowering Trees
When used properly in a residential setting, trees can prevent erosion, filter out pollutants, provide a food and shelter source for wildlife, reduce energy costs, and increase property values by enhancing the look and feel of the landscape.
We can help trees provide these benefits by placing them in locations where they can be most effective. Make sure to research the mature sizes of trees and carefully select the planting site so that they will have room to develop and thrive without severe pruning.
A common error is situating large trees under power lines or other restricted areas. Also buy trees growing in soil as nearly like that in your yard as you can find. A little advance planning goes a long way to ensure a healthy, long-lived flowering tree in a Zone 5 / 6 landscape.
Here are my top seven flowering trees for Zone 5 & 6:
1. Amur Chokecherry (Prunus Maackii): Clusters of white flowers in May and small fruit in August. The Amur has a pyramidal shape when young that becomes rounded with age. Use as specimen tree in areas where it can be appreciated for the exfoliating cinnamon colored bark. It is ideal for the small yard because of its smaller size – grows to approx. 30 feet high and wide.
2. Crabapple (Malus): These beautiful flowering trees are ideal for a prominent spot in the landscape. The different varieties flower white, pink or red in May. Sizes vary from dwarf types growing to only 8′ – 10′ feet high to larger varieties reaching 20′ – 25′ high. Valued for flower, fruit and form – a spring show stopper.
3. Wisteria Tree: Without question, one of the most beautiful trees you can add to your landscape … In late spring, the Wisteria tree blooms gorgeous violet-blue flowers that drape over their branches, giving a classic chandelier effect. They feature fragrant flowers and are remarkable easy care … very drought resistant! Consider planting this tree near your deck, patio, or terrace … they top out anywhere from six to ten feet.
4. Magnolia: It’s well worth the effort for these lovely trees that have a slow to medium growth rate. Most varieties do not tolerate drought or wet soils very well. Plant in an area protected from winter winds ideally. Blooms white, pink, yellow or bi-color depending on type you choose.
5. Pear (Autumn Blaze): Our neighbors own one of these trees and it is absolutely gorgeous … White flowers bloom amid the leaves in the spring on a rounded shaped tree. This variety is the most cold hardy of any pears. The blazing red color in fall is a sight to behold! Medium to fast growth rate.
6. Serviceberry (Allegheny): Great four season tree with white flowers in May, colorful fruit attractive to birds in summer, fall foliage of orange to red, and ornamental bark for winter interest. Most varieties are vase shaped and grow 20′ – 30′ high. The purple-blue colored fruit is edible and works well in pies or homemade preserves.
7. Tulip Tree (Liriodendron): A large, stately native tree with distinctive tulip-shaped leaves and flowers. Fast-growing, hardy and highly resistant to insects and diseases. Spectacular golden yellow fall color. Grows 70′ – 80′ high so only suitable for large open areas.
Trees that flower can add a dramatic effect to your landscape and be the focal point of your yard each spring when the trees are in bloom. Consider tree planting as a gift to future generations!