Top 5 spring-blooming trees

Trees that bloom in spring

They catch the eye along streets and in parks and gardens. Learn how to recognize these five happily common spring-blooming trees.

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Flowering quince

Red-blooming ornamental quince branch.I’m first! The white, red, pink or orange blooming of the quince tree can start as early “as January if winter is mild”, according to the Guide of easy plants to grow [Le guide des plantes faciles à cultiver] (Rustica Publishing house). This shrub native to Japan is easy-going and feels at home in sun and part sun.

It requires little care, simply soil that is rich enough. Plant in September-October or in March and April, near “other early spring-blooming shrubs like sprawling ceanothus or flowering currants, or (…) with a backdrop of perennial and bulbous plants (hyacinth, narcissus, grape hyacinth, lungwort, hellebore…)”.


Magnolia flowers, pink and white.Same tips on pairing and care for magnolia, which, in March already, will surprise you with its pink and white blooming: the large buds appear as the tree is still devoid of leaves!

When planted in spots sheltered from cold wind and scorching sun, it will become an awaited attraction at the beginning of each year.

The most famous variety is Magnolia grandiflora which blooms until September.

Ornamental cherry tree

ornamental cherryIn the large Prunus family (fruit trees that also include apricot trees and plum trees), ornamental cherry and Japanese flower are essential flower trees.

Their charm results from the “astounding spring-blooming, with simple or double flowers, white to roses with evergreen and flamboyant foliage in fall”.

Select an open, sunny spot for this one and admire the flowers from March to May!

Ornamental apple tree

White flowers of the ornamental apple tree blooming in spring.Double whammy for the apple tree, which both bears beautiful flowers in spring, and delicious fruits from August to November.

This “ultimate fruit tree” is easy to plant in any garden, in the sun and with wind shelter.

It needs a stake over the first few years, and you can shape it to a lattice if you wish.

Tip to garden according to the phases of the moon: pick the apples during a waxing moon.


Lilac panicles in a shade of deep violet.From April to September, it releases a powerful scent in the air and decorates the garden and the house alike, and you can even use the flowers for bouquets if you cut them, they are either purple, white or cream yellow.

The Syringa vulgaris lilac is a shrub that “tolerates part sun and full sun, but not scorching. That’s where it will bear flowers best”.

Always plant it in fall or spring and set the roots deep enough that it won’t suffer from drought.

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

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