Providing a breathtaking display on a larger scale than bedding plants, there is a tree for every space, from big backyards to balconies.
For masses of blooms year after year, plant a tree to suit your climate zone, with flowers in a colour you love.
The size on the label is an estimate at maturity, or 20 years old, for a plant grown in ideal conditions, so be aware it may be smaller at your place.
Buy them in a bag
When you shop for blossom trees in late winter, you’ll find leafless plants that look like sticks in plastic bags.
But don’t let this put you off, says Wes Fleming, the tree guru from Fleming’s Nurseries, as bagged is one of the best ways to buy them.
‘We field-grow our trees under ideal conditions,’ says Wes. ‘When they drop their leaves and sap movement slows almost to a stop, we lift them from the ground, wash and trim their roots, then bag them in a quality growing mix.’
‘Bagged plants are lighter and easier to transport and care for, so you’ll find that premium plants are much cheaper in bags than pots later in the year.
‘They are very quick to establish, performing brilliantly from their first spring in the ground and for many years to come.’
Choose a fruiting variety
To get fruit as well as flowers, opt for a cultivar of a traditional blossom tree that maintains a compact, even dwarf, form so that you can grow peaches, nectarines, pears, apples or cherries on a sunny balcony or in a courtyard.
Growing to 1.5m tall by 1.5m wide, the spring-flowering dwarf Trixzie ‘Pixzee’ Peach is mouth-watering when dripping with fruit in summer.