Best Trees for Spring Blossom

Embrace the Beauty of Spring

The Best Blossom Trees for Your Garden

With the promise of spring in the air, now is the perfect time to add the timeless elegance of blossom trees to your garden. The favourites must be crab apple and cherry trees, which stand out for their fragrant floral displays, which grace any garden.

While Practicality Brown are known for the range of quality evergreen screening trees and ready-to-plant Practical Instant Hedge™, we also have a range of beautiful deciduous trees which will add interest to your garden with their seasonal changes.


Why Plant Blossom Trees?

Blossom trees, with their abundant flowers are a joyful addition to any garden. Our top picks are crab apple and cherry trees, which offer a spring spectacle, are wildlife friendly and have wonderful autumn colours later in the year.

Crab Apple Trees

Crab apple trees are known for their pretty blossoms and vibrant fruit displays. These trees not only provide a burst of colour in spring but the small, colourful fruits attract birds and add interest to your garden throughout the year.

MALUS ‘Evereste’

A small compact tree with white flowers in spring and masses of red-orange fruits in autumn.

A tough tree, disease resistant and pollution tolerant. It’s a crab apple tree for any small garden, giving an attractive display all year round. Mature height: 3-7m


Cherry Blossoms

Cherry trees are known for their profusion of flowers. Whether you have a compact urban space or a lovely family garden, our selection ensures you can find the perfect cherry tree to enhance your landscape. The delicate pink or white blooms create a picturesque scene that captures the essence of spring.

PRUNUS cerasifera Nigra

This Cherry Plum tree is early to bloom, and the single pink flowers remain on the tree as the dark foliage emerges, gradually fading to white and contrasting well with the deep blackish-purple leaves.

Tolerates very severe pruning, making it easy to maintain and a perfect tree for small gardens. Mature height: 3-7m

PRUNUS serrulata kanzan

This beautiful cherry gives a display of glorious pink flowers each spring, with red foliage turning coppery-yellow in the autumn.  A good tree for adding colour to gardens, where space allows. Mature height: 7-12m

PRUNUS serrulata shirotae

A gently weeping cherry tree whose green foliage often appears first, followed by a profuse display of  large single and semi-double white flowers. This attractive ornamental flowering cherry tree looks stunning when planted as a focal point. Mature height: 3-7m

PRUNUS serrulata ‘shirofugen’

This tree is one of the last cherries to produce its show of double white flowers, which gradually turn pink, and holds on to them into late May or early June.  This tree is often considered to be the best Japanese flowering cherry tree available. Mature height: 3-7m

PRUNUS subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea

A Winter flowering cherry which blooms from November through to March with semi-double pink flowers. A great tree to add some colour during the winter months. Mature height: 3-7m


Plant Now to Enjoy This Spring

Now, as winter gives way to spring, is the perfect time to plant these trees. Planting now means you will be able to enjoy the flowering trees this year, as well as in subsequent years.

Investing in blossom trees, like crab apple and cherry, will add beauty to your garden which will be transformed into a vibrant, blooming paradise.

Our expertise extends beyond supplying trees, we can also plant and offer care and maintenance advice to ensure your blossom trees thrive in their new home.


How to find out More

If you like to find out more about our range of deciduous trees, you can:

  • Book a visit to our nursery in Iver, Buckingham to view our trees and hedges
  • Call 01753 652022 to speak to our horticultural team
  • Email us for a bespoke quotation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Flowering Cherry Blossom tree
Flowering Trees

Spring into Blossom

One of the joys of walking through our tree nursery in spring is the delightful blossom that graces the cherry trees, with their abundant pink or white flowers. Crab apple and Magnolias are in full bloom too.

Orchard Blossom

The National Trust recently conducted a survey, and found that more than half of the orchards in England and Wales have been lost since 1900. The Trust is encouraging people to plant more blossoming trees and believe that planting native and historic varieties, and other trees such as blackthorn and hawthorn, are vital to supporting nature. They are committed to planting and establishing 20 million trees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030, including four million blossom trees.

Bring Back The Blossom

The colourful display of springtime blossom has been part of British folklore and culture for centuries, with fruit trees in orchards among the first to bloom.

Traditional orchards can support wildlife, such as flies, bees, bats and birds. The knotted trunks and branches of trees provide a home for patrolling bats; while flowers are a food source for pollinating insects.

You can help to bring back the blossom by planting flowering trees in your garden. There are trees to sort all sizes of gardens, from small family gardens to larger plots that could accommodate an orchard.

Top Blossom Trees

If you are looking for some spring colour in your gardens, we can recommend the following Flowering Trees to consider.

Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’

This ornamental winter flowering cherry tree produces semi-double white flowers intermittently from November to March when the weather is mild. It also has good orange/yellow autumn colour.

Prunus Accolade (Flowering Cherry)

The Accolade Cherry is a gorgeous deciduous tree that takes a spreading habit. It’s one of the earliest cherry trees to blossom its semi-double flowers. Beginning with a beautiful pale pink, then fading to a much lighter colour of pink mid autumn.

Prunus cerasifera Nigra (Purple Plum)

This Purple Plum tree has distinctively dark brown bark and pretty single pink flowers that appear early in the spring and remain on the tree whilst the dark foliage begins to emerge, gradually fading to white and contrasting fantastically with the dark leaves.

Malus evereste (Crab apple ‘Evereste’)

Malus Everesteis a conical apple tree with delightful spring blossom. The flowers are red in bud but open up into a profusion of white flowers. In autumn it bears masses of red-flushed, orange-yellow fruits.

Magnolia stellata (Star magnolia)

The Star magnolia is a charming, slow growing tree. The buds open up to spreading white flowers in March to April before giving way to lush, mid-green leaves.

Magnolia kobus (Northern Japanese magnolia)

This hardy magnolia that has a profusion of large, white flowers which can grow as early as March on bare stems and can reach up to 10cm across.

Hedging Alternatives

If you are looking for a hedge alternative to a tree, then our Practical Native Mix Instant Hedge has plants that are native to the UK and as such emulate traditional country hedgerows found throughout Britain. A typical composition would include five of the following seven species: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose),  Hornbeam, Hazel, Dogwood, and Field Maple – many of which produce blossom and/or fruits.


Look out for #BlossomWatch on social media – and if you would like to add some flowering trees to your garden, please email us