Spring-flowering ornamental trees are an excellent way to add beauty and color to your property. Selecting suitable tree species lets you enjoy their aesthetic benefits and improve your property’s curb appeal. Include them in your checklist for your spring landscape planting services in Barrington, IL, and surrounding Chicago suburbs. The NL Group will ensure these spring-flowering ornamental trees are correctly planted and receive appropriate care.

Crabapple (Malus)

In many landscapes, a blossoming crabapple represents the epitome of spring. Compact and adaptable, the crabapple tree adds appeal almost all year round. Crabapples not only have beautiful buds and blossoms in the spring but also have lovely foliage in the summer and fall and abundant displays of fruit that last well into winter on the branches.

Flowers can be pink, coral-pink, coral-red, light purple-red, white, pink and white, single, or double, depending on the variety. An added benefit is that certain flowers have a little spicy scent, and blooms draw pollinators. 

Fruits on crabapple trees can be brilliant orange, maroon, yellow, bright red, or dark purple-red. These fruits put on a second performance in the season. 

Crabapples thrive in full sun and can tolerate various soil types as long as they are well-drained. Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, they can fit into almost any space, with most varieties not exceeding 20 feet in height. Popular varieties include ‘Spring Snow’, Royal Raindrops®, Red Jewel™, and Coralburst®.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Eastern Redbuds are small native trees producing a stunning display of reddish-purple blooms in the spring. The trees produce an astounding quantity of flowers before the leaves open, which attracts a diverse range of pollinators. On a calm day, you may hear bees buzzing overhead while you stand beneath a fully bloomed redbud. 

After flowering, the leaves are heart-shaped and green, becoming yellow-gold in the fall. Throughout the winter, brown seedpod clusters frequently dangle from the branches. When fully grown, redbuds can reach heights of 20 to 30 feet and widths of 25 to 35 feet. 

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)

When adorned with clusters of yellow blooms, Cornellian cherry dogwood is a spectacular showpiece shrub. It can be grown with a single trunk, although it is typically sold as a multi-stemmed plant used as a focal point in a landscape. 

The plants are 20 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide when fully grown. Bright, cherry-red drupes follow the flowers, and the fall foliage sometimes has a purplish tint. The ‘Golden Glory’ variety stands a bit more upright and robust compared to the species, often displaying more vigorous growth. Additionally, it tends to produce a greater abundance of flowers than the species typically does.

Apple Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora)

The apple serviceberry is a cross between A. arborea and A. laevis, both native trees. In April and May, the early emergence of white flowers transitions into purplish-red berries. Throughout the year, the plant maintains interest with its brilliant red fall foliage and striking winter stems.

When unfolding in the spring, the leaves have a purplish tint before turning green. The red-orange fall foliage is quite beautiful. 

Apple serviceberry can grow to a height of 15 to 25 feet and can be used as an accent in a garden, border, or a foundation planting in a building’s corner. The ‘Autumn Brilliance’ cultivar grows well in Northern Illinois soil.

Landscape Planting Services in Barrington, IL

Are you dreaming of creating a unique outdoor space with reliable landscape planting services in Barrington, IL, or the surrounding northwest Chicago suburbs? Entrust your landscaping needs to The NL Group and turn your vision into reality.

By leveraging our experience with landscape planting, we can design a space that skillfully blends your vision with nature’s beauty, significantly improving your landscape’s appeal.