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Lesser Known Blooming Trees

June 8th, 2010

Many trees bloom, but often we don’t see their blossoms. Of course we all notice the beautifully flowering small trees like dogwoods, magnolias, and cherry trees. I’m talking about trees like maple and tulip poplar trees. Our small lot is surrounded by HUGE trees, many of them are tulip poplars. They bloom in late May and drop their petals everywhere. We don’t often see the blooms because they’re so high up. We had a big wind storm a week or two ago and a few blossoms blew off the trees. I thought I’d share the interesting blooms of the tulip tree for those of you who haven’t seen one before.

The maples bloom fairly early in the spring before the leaves come out. Their blossoms faded a long time ago, but here’s what they look like.

Do you know of any great blooming trees that we don’t often notice?

8 Comments to “Lesser Known Blooming Trees”
  1. warren on June 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Both of those blooms are gigantic sources of nectar for my bees…maples especially get them started in the early spring when not much else is blooming. I bunch of my honey is from tulip poplar which blooms a bit later. My favorite tree bloom (and it’s obvious) is locust…beautiful and fragrant!
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Garden…finally! =-.

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  2. Tree on June 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I have alainthus (not sure of spelling) or Tree of Heaven in my yard. the blooms have a very distinctive odor, not sure whether I like it. Unfortunately this tree, which is the same tree the book ‘a Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ refers to, is a non native invasive, introduced in the early 1800s. It reproduces very vigorously. I should cut it down, but it is one of the only big trees I have. It is home to a black rat snake, whose skin I see dangling from a branch each year.

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  3. Dave on June 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I think you nailed the one’s I can think of. Both of those don’t get much exposure. Although I really like seeing the red maples in bloom when en mass along the highways and roadways of rural TN.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Short Shed Updates =-.

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  4. Mary W on June 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Horse chestnut. We have a pale yellow-blooming one, our neighbors have a reddish-pink one, which is quite striking.

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  5. MAYBELLINE on June 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    It’s not a tree; but I have a split leaf philidendron blooming with a crazy looking fruit. The scent is sweet, mild, and very tropical. Come over and take a look.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Boysenberry Mystery Solved =-.

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  6. kristin @ going country on June 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I love locust blossoms. They look kind of like a horse chestnut flower–meaning many small, white flowers growing in a conical shape. But the scent is heavenly. And apparently, according to Jacques Pepin, they’re edible. Never tried that though. Mostly I like the scent.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Boo =-.

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  7. Corrie on June 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I think the PawPaw is exquisite.

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  8. Sarah on June 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Tulip poplars – lovely!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..We didn’t know it was gold we were looking for until we found it. =-.

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