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Springtime is a season of new life. We see young animals running around in fresh, green grass. Also, the plants sprout and some of them will bloom. It is a season representing new life, hope, and change.

We always associate spring with blooming flowers and trees. However, not all trees bloom in the spring. All in all, we have some early bloomers who enjoy the late winter days and others who prefer the height of summer.

There are many reasons to know when specific trees are going to bloom. You may want a beautiful garden and want to keep a tree in bloom for most of the year. Also, you may suffer from severe allergies and want to know when your trees are in bloom and will bother you.

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Finally, you may want to know more details about the trees at your new home. Regardless of your reason, we have comprised a list of all trees that bloom in spring. We will define spring as the true season from March to June. Even within spring, some trees will bloom early on, and some will stay in a slumber until June. Below, we will highlight all these features and more.

What trees bloom first in spring?

The trees listed in this section are our early bloomers. These trees feel the first release from the frost of winter and are ready to go. Please note in some parts of the south, the blooming times are slightly different. After all, the southern half of the United States generally sees warmer temperatures in earlier months. However, the early bloomers are always early based on temperature so these tree species will still be first.

1. Eastern Redbud

What Trees Bloom in Spring - eastern redbud

The Eastern Redbud is one of our earliest bloomers. What makes it even better is the beautiful colors it blooms in. Small, ornate flowers bloom in bright pinks and purples. Additionally, this tree grows to a healthy 35 feet tall and grows at a moderate rate. It will stand out well in any garden or yard. Overall, the blooms are spaced loosely, giving this tree an airy canopy.

You will  see these blooms in early April. In fact, trees as young as four years old will display these rosy flowers. This state tree of Oklahoma grows throughout much of the United States. After all, it is cold and heat hardy. The territory stretches as far north as Pennsylvania and to the south in Florida and Texas. You will not find it west of Oklahoma and Texas.

2. Star Magnolia

What Trees Bloom in Spring - star magnolia

The Star Magnolia is just as striking as the Eastern Redbud, but displays beautiful, white blossoms. Depending on your zone, you may see these fragrant flowers anytime between March and April. However, if a late frost sneaks in, your Star Magnolia blossoms will suffer damage.

All in all, these are relatively short trees, standing at only 10 feet tall. However, they grow to a full spread of 20 feet. You can expect it to grow in the same areas as the Eastern Redbud. It is more cold-hardy and therefore ventures further north. Additionally, it reaches further west than the Eastern Redbud.

3. Dogwood

What Trees Bloom in Spring - dogwood

The Dogwood is a naturally occurring tree that is almost always seen with white petals. However, there are nursery varieties that display both pink and red blossoms. The Dogwood will bloom at the end of March and well through April. The blossoms hang around for weeks to give a pop of color to your garden.

Generally speaking, the Dogwood is not cold-hardy. It prefers the southern states with less chance of frost. Regardless, you will find some varieties through much of New England and the eastern United States. It stretches from the coast into Texas as well. It stands close to 25 feet tall with a similar size in spread. Also, it grows at a medium rate.

What trees bloom throughout spring?

By the time we reach full spring stride, a large majority of trees are blooming. In fact, it would be far too cumbersome of a list to add here with detail. If you are interested in a particular tree,  do some research and see when it will be in full bloom and how long it will last.

Some trees to expect to bloom in the middle of spring are:

  • Carolina silverbell
  • Crabapples
  • Weeping Cherry
  • Hawthorn

What trees bloom last in spring?

1. Lilac Tree

What trees bloom throughout spring - lilac tree

Many of us know the beautiful lilac. It typically blooms in May and is often used as a hedge. Furthermore, it adds stunning purples and pinks to your yard. They also add a wonderful fragrance to your yard that drifts in the breeze.

The lilac tree is relatively cold-hardy but does not sustain heat well. Overall, lilacs grow from coast to coast of the United States, but do not venture into the southern states. Above the Mason-Dixon line is a pretty good marker for the territory. Most lilacs grow between 10 and 15 feet, with spreads of 6 to 12 feet. You can trim this tree to shape it as you desire. Although, the greatest advantage of lilac trees is how much it attracts butterflies and birds.

2. Sargent Cherry

What trees bloom throughout spring - sargent cherry

This may be the fastest growing tree on this list and is definitely the largest. The Sargent Cherry tree grows to 50 feet in height. Additionally, it produces lovely pink flowers in the spring. All in all, the pink blossoms stand out against the dark green leaves. The canopy grows just as large and measures 40 to 50 feet.

Considering its hardiness, this tree is a standard choice in the Midwest. Moreover, these trees grow in the zones between 4 and 7. Illinois is abundant in these trees. You will see blossoms on these trees at the end of April or early May.

3. Northern Catalpa

What trees bloom throughout spring - northern catalpa

The Northern Catalpa produces dramatic trumpet-shaped flowers. With large dark green leaves, the white flowers stand out. In fact, the leaves grow to almost a foot long. Remember to give this tree plenty of space as it grows. Crowding can cause damage to itself and others. It will flower after 7 years, so there may wait involved if you plant a sapling. Overall, the trunk and branches display unique growth patterns as they twist around. The blossoms appear towards the end of spring in May.

A tremendous benefit to this tree is that it grows clear across the United States and in the north and the south. Additionally, it grows large at upwards of 40 to 50 feet, with a spread of 20 to 40 feet. It can easily grow two feet per year. While it prefers a moist soil, it tolerates both flooding and drought exceptionally well.

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