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5 Trees to Plant in the Spring

When you think of the spring season, what do you think of? For many, beautiful trees and flowers blooming come to mind. If this is what you want for your home, you should think about planting trees in your yard that everyone can see and enjoy. Whether you already have trees in your yard and you want to add to them, or if you have no trees in your yard and you want to begin, springtime planting is a great idea.

There are many different tree species and varieties out there for you to choose from. It can be overwhelming. In addition to this, some types of trees are just better to plant during the springtime. This is because they’re more susceptible to winter injury when planted in the fall—that is, they’re too new and not strong enough for the colder months. At Mr. Tree, we’re here to help make choosing when to plant easier for you. Here are five trees to plant in the spring.

1. Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees will add more beauty to your yard, as they have flowers that blossom in reds, pinks, whites, purples, and yellows. Different types of magnolia trees grow to different heights that can range anywhere from 8 feet tall to 70 feet tall. This makes magnolia trees a great choice of tree to plant in your yard, as there is a type that will fit any sized yard.

These trees thrive best in soil that is well-draining and ranging from rich to organic in type. They can tolerate soil that’s sandy, loamy, or clay-like. Evergreen varieties of magnolia trees need full sun to be at their healthiest, however, deciduous varieties need part shade.

2. Dogwood Trees

Another great flowering tree to choose is a dogwood tree. Like the magnolia tree, there are many different varieties of dogwood trees that you can choose from. Two favorites in Oregon are the Pacific dogwood and the pagoda dogwood. Both will do well if planted in early spring.

Pacific dogwood trees bloom in the spring and can have a second bloom during the fall. They have white flowers, which then turn into orange or red berries. Pagoda dogwood trees have branches that grow horizontally, hence their name. They have creamy, delicate flowers that bloom in June, and they’re followed by fruit that’s blue-black. In the fall, the foliage turns red to purple in color.

Dogwood trees grow the best in areas of partial shade, but some can grow in full sun, as long as the roots of the tree are kept cool. The soil should be nutrient-rich and well-drained. These trees can grow anywhere from 10 to 40 feet in height, and they grow quickly, reaching full-size in about a decade.

3. Red Maple Tree

The red maple tree is one of the most common deciduous trees found in North America, as these trees can grow in Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. They’re also a popular choice because they bring color to your yard throughout the year. In the fall, the color is a deep red or yellow. In the winter, the green stems turn red, and new leaves in the spring are red-tinged and then turn green. The shape of these trees can vary, as they can grow in rounded, oval, upright, or straight shapes.

At maturity, red maple trees can grow to a height of 40 to 60 feet high. Their ideal conditions are areas of full sun. They can thrive in different types of soil, including sand, clay, silty loam, moist, loam, rich, acidic, and well-drained. The red maple is a great tree to plant in the spring. Just remember to water regularly as you head into the dryer summer months, as young maple trees require more water.

4. Cherry Tree

Cherry trees will not only provide you and your family with edible cherries that you can enjoy, but they will provide a splash of color to your yard as well. In the springtime, these trees have pink flowers. A reason that many people choose to plant cherry trees is that they require minimal care. This means that if you’re an amateur when it comes to landscaping and gardening, a cherry tree makes a great starter tree. Even though they’re only in full bloom for a few weeks each year, they’re still a tree you can enjoy year-round, as they will provide your yard with shade.

Depending on the type of cherry tree you choose, they range in height from 8 feet tall to 80 feet tall, with most averaging about 20 to 35 feet. All cherry trees should be planted in soil that is light or even sandy, rather than heavy and compact, and should be fertile and well-drained. They should be planted in an area that gets full sun.

5. Tulip Tree

If you want to add a recognizable, beloved flower to your yard, the tulip tree is the way to go. It’s both an ornamental tree and a shade tree, making it aesthetically pleasing and functional. They should be planted in an area that has a lot of space, as it does spread wide. The leaves on these trees are green and glossy. During the fall, they change to a golden yellow color. The flowers on tulip trees are greenish-yellow.

When tulip trees reach full maturity, they’re at a height ranging between 70 and 90 feet tall. They should be planted in an area where they can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. The soil that will keep tulip trees at their healthiest should be moist, acidic, and well-draining.

All five of the above plants will thrive much better if planted during the spring months rather than the other months of the year. And all of them will add beauty to your yard. Some will also be functional and provide you and your family with shade or fruit. If you’re looking for trees to plant in the spring, choosing any of the above five varieties would work well. If you’re still unsure which tree would work best in your yard, give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to learn more about your yard and offer our expertise.