Fall is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the autumnal air, and plant for next season. Plan-ahead and enjoy springtime color by planting beautiful blooming trees now.
Three beautiful trees to plant this fall for color next spring are:
Redbud trees are small, flowering trees that are native to the eastern United States and Canada. The lovely lavender-colored blooms open in early-spring and it is commonly found in the Southern US, in particular, South Carolina. Redbuds are fairly-small, around 25-feet high and 20-feet wide at maturity. It is not unusual for these trees to grow ten-feet every five years. The flowers bloom for a couple weeks at a time, turning from deep-pink to soft lavender, then transforming to an autumnal yellow in the fall. Redbud trees do best in moist, drained soil, though they are very hardy and thrive in most soil types. Prune your Redbuds regularly, and train your tree to grow with either a single or several trunks.
Star Magnolia trees are frequently found in the southeastern US, creating a bright and fragrant landscape. While there are many, many types of Magnolias, Star Magnolias are smaller, with petite blossoms and thin petals. The flowers are bright and found in varying shades of white, pink, and purple- depending on the specific species. It often takes a Magnolia tree a few years to bloom when planted from seed, which makes seedlings a more efficient option for landscapes and gardens. These trees do best in rich, acidic soil with good drainage, and they will tolerate drought and overly-wet soil, as well. Magnolias like to be planted in full sun, with partial shade for best results.
Carolina Silver-bells are native to the Eastern United States, blooming in late spring each year. Silver-bells have small, bell-shaped flowers that are usually white. These trees grow best in part-shade and have been known to grow as high as 40-feet tall. Pests are not usually a problem with Silver-bells though they may be susceptible to rot if not planted with good drainage. These trees do best in rich soils with organic matter additives.
Some other tree-planting tips include:
Plant your tree in a hole approximately two-to-three times wider than the root-ball of the tree, and as deep as the pot that it is being planted from.
Make sure to stake your young tree loosely for best results.
Add a couple inches of bark-mulch to prevent weeds and preserve moisture.
Try these three beautiful and blooming trees in your landscape, whether for privacy, aesthetics, or borders. The deep colors and hardy nature of these three trees make them ideal for any property, in most grow-zones. Take advantage of the mild autumnal weather and do something that will enhance your property and bring color to your curb appeal for years to come!