If you are a gardener or landscaper searching for the perfect white-blooming tree you have many varieties to choose from. To help narrow the search it may be helpful to also consider the planting zone you live in, the size at maturity that will fit best on your site and whether or not you prefer a tree that provides visual interest all year long, even when its not blooming.
The garden site, brighterblooms.com, calls the white dogwood the "All-American tree with four seasons of beauty." Pristine white blooms cover the dogwood in spring, glossy green summer leaves turn scarlet in the fall and in winter the silver bark of the dogwood is accentuated by the deep red berries that provide food for the birds.
The white dogwood grows 20 to 30 feet high and 20 to 25 feet wide. It prefers full to partial sun and thrives in zones 5 to 8. It grows at an average pace of 1 to 2 feet a year.
The Chicksaw plum tree grows naturally in stream banks, thickets and other areas where the soil has been disturbed. As their natural habits indicate, they are highly adaptable to a variety of growing conditions and require little care. The fruit of the Chicksaw plum is edible and often used to make jellies and preserves and is a favorite for all types of wildlife. White blossoms are abundant in the spring and attractive yellow foliage can be enjoyed in the fall.
The Chicksaw plum grows in zones 5 to 10. It prefers full to partial sun and grown 15 to 25 feet high and 15 to 25 wide in a round, compact shape.
The Lagerstromia indica "Alba" is the white-blooming version of the very popular flowering crape myrtle. It is a low maintenance tree with a long bloom period lasting from early summer and well into the fall. It produces small brown inedible fruit that provides visual interest in the winter. The white crape myrtle is a popular choice for the home landscape. public landscapes and street-side planting. Hedges can by grown from crape myrtle by planting them 4 or 5 feet apart.
The crape myrtle is a fast growing tree with an upright posture. It grows in zones 6 to 10, reaches heights of 20 feet and spreads 6 to 8 feet wide.
European Mountain Ash
The European mountain ash is a deciduous tree that boasts white flowers in the spring, yellow and orange leaves in the fall and bright red berries that sometimes remain on the tree long enough to provide winter food for the birds. The European mountain ash is also called simply, mountain ash or "rowan," a name that derives from the Scandinavian language meaning "red."
The European mountain ash grows 25 to 40 feet high and 15 to 25 feet wide. It prefers full sun and thrives in zones 3 to 6.
- Photo Credit dogwood buds and flowers trees in the rain image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com
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