One of the most uplifting experiences in the natural world is the sight, and sometimes the scent, of blossom. Whether you live in the heart of the city or in the countryside, you're bound to come into contact with beautiful blossoming trees in spring.


Even if you have a tiny garden, you need not be without blossom’s gracious presence. We have two small flowering cherries that have spent their lives in pots. They are Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’, which roughly translates as ‘flight of the butterflies’ and is one of the prettiest of cherry trees. They are about 12 years old, but just a couple of feet high – perfect miniatures. Every year during March and April, they're covered in tiny, pale-pink flowers. In winter, the twiggy branches make an engaging silhouette while in autumn the leaves take on a range of reds, oranges and russets.

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No matter the size of your garden, there's a blossoming tree or shrub to suit your space. Browse my list of eight blossom trees to grow, below.

Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas
Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas

The Cornelian cherry is one of the first shrubs to flower. Its brilliant yellow flowers have prominent anthers that provide pollen for early insects. Bright-red fruit follows a hot summer.

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Flowers: Jan-Mar

Height x Spread: 4m x 4m

Pearlbush, Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - Pearlbush, Exochorda x macrantha
Pearlbush, Exochorda x macrantha

Arching branches are smothered in masses of white blossom. Its buds are spherical, giving it the vernacular title of pearlbush.

F: Apr-May

H x S: 2m x 3m

Dogwood, Cornus ‘Norman Hadden’

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - Dogwood, Cornus 'Norman Hadden'
Dogwood, Cornus 'Norman Hadden'

Our tree at Glebe Cottage is 40 years old now and makes a fine spectacle when covered with huge, white bracts that turn pink in warm weather.

F: May-Jun

H x S: 8m x 8m

Crab apple, Malus hupehensis

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - Malus hupehensis
Crab apple, Malus hupehensis

This Chinese crab apple has ascending branches covered in fragrant blossom, followed by deep-red fruit. Most have white blossom, but there are also fuchsia pink varieties.

F: Apr-May

H x S: 12m x 12m

Ornamental quince, Chaenomeles ‘Toyo-Nishiki’

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - ornamental quince, Chaenomeles speciosa
Ornamental quince, Chaenomeles speciosa

An unusual ornamental quince growing taller than many, with elegant single flowers in white, flushed with pale pink.

F: Mar-Apr

H x S: 3m x 3m

Magnolia, Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - magnolia 'Leonard Messel'
Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'

An outstanding tree, one of whose parents is the ever-popular Magnolia stellata. Ideal for smaller gardens, flowering prolifically.

F: Apr

H x S: 8m x 6m

Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum
Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum

The Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum) produces masses of its magenta flowers and is always part of the blossom event.

F: Mar-Apr

H x S: 10m x 10m

Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna

Carol Klein's trees for spring blossom - Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna
Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna

The hawthorn is an ubiquitous feature of the countryside and one of the most bountiful of trees for flowers and fruit.

F: May


H x S: 10m x 8m