John Roberts (B&B reader)
Learn more about everyone’s favorite spring showstoppers!
- A young redbud tree typically grows 12 to 18 inches per year, ultimately reaching heights of 30 feet! It’s one of the first spring trees to bloom and the flowers are edible.
- Serviceberry, a beautiful flowering tree with edible berries, is native to 49 states (all but Hawaii).
- Flowering crabapple is a four-season plant. It starts off the season with colorful blooms and finishes in winter with deep-red fruit. May varieties like Jackii have showy leaves in between.
- Flowering dogwood has quite a history. Thomas Jefferson grew it on his Monticello estate in the 1770s and even sent seeds overseas to his friend in Paris.
- Sassafras trees are super appealing in the landscape. Besides their pretty yellow-green blooms, one tree can potentially have three different leaf shapes.
- Washington, D.C. has been celebrating the blooming of cherry trees for more than 75 years with a festival.
- Have a tulip tree (Liriodendron)? You’ll have to be patient; it can take more than 12 years for the yellow cup-shaped blooms to appear.
Originally Published: March 16, 2017