Questions answered

Chionanthus virginicus

This week, my New York Times Q and A features alternatives to ordinary spring-blooming trees. In it I suggest some natives.

Q. I want to plant a small flowering tree in a sunny spot in my garden this spring. There are already dogwoods, cherries, plums and redbuds in my neighborhood. Can you suggest a few spring-blooming alternatives?


Pritchard said...

Stephen, I loved your selections. The pursuit of flowering trees, especially in temperate climates, requires counsel like yours to achieve anything beyond the familiar. Even redbuds seemed exotic on my Connecticut college campus amidst the mass of common (yes, beautiful!) favorites.

Stephen Orr said...

Thanks Jason!--yes who cannot love a flowering tree of any sort. I was wanting to point out a few that get lost in the shuffle (and the nursery)