The cold and drab of winter months takes a mighty toll on all who live in them. With nothing to see by the gray, black, and white of the winter landscape, seasonal depression kicks into many winter weather residents, and the tell-tale signs of misery show their ugliness. However, hope begins to rise in the souls of all the afflicted as spring approaches. Color starts popping up all around, bringing with it the joy and excitement of a renewed anticipation that the anguish of dullness will soon be over. Thus, flowering trees add to the thrill of spring gladness.
Many types of trees flower out in the throughout the year bringing joy to all who see them. In the southeastern United States, dogwood trees begin their annual march around April or early May, signaling the end of the winter season. The generated pleasure is incomparable that rises in the hearts of southern families that catch a glimpse of those beautiful pink and white flowers. Redbud trees flower out in their magnificent fuchsia-colored petals in early spring, making them captivating additions to any front yard. The southern Magnolia unfolds its magnificent white blooms the whole summer long, Smoke trees, sometimes called smoke bushes, add a bit of texture to the canvas of color flowering trees the entire summer long with fringe-type blooms and long pink or purple filaments attached to each one. Crape Myrtle trees flower in wide varieties of color in the summer and last into autumn, allowing the satisfying display to invigorate their viewers.
Some trees, such as the Higan Cherry tree, bloom in more than one season. The Higan Cherry tree enchants the visual senses in both spring and autumn with beautiful blush pink blossoms, doubling the elation effect on its viewers throughout the year. Across the nation, fruit trees begin to bloom from April to May, ushering in the growing season and the promise of a fruitful harvest. Some early varieties of flowering Apple trees yield their delicious fruit as early as July, and others, such as Hall’s Hardy Almond trees, wait until late spring or early summer to bud out and provide lasting color and produce well into autumn.
Lest we think the winter season a flower “grinch”, several varieties of flowering trees will make an appearance throughout the season in hardiness zones 5-11. Japanese apricot and loquat trees, as well as white floss silk trees, unveil their blooms during the winter. Wintersweet plants bare their stimulating, spicy-scented, yellow blossoms during the winter, and make appealing additions to the sheltered areas of your winter yard.
Flowering trees bring metaphorical warmth to the eyes and to the heart throughout the year if you are willing to dwell on the beauty and majesty of each variety. The flowering fruit trees yield a double blessing in that they also produce satisfying fruits to assuage hungry bellies. Flowering trees gratify the body as a whole and restore the hope that threatens to dissipate during the cold and frozen winter season.