Spring Brings Beautiful Flowering Trees and Shrubs

While we live in a part of the country that sees some green in our landscape year round, we can still appreciate springtime when it arrives. And nothing says spring like flowering trees and shrubs. The beautiful buds and blooms of spring, is reminiscent of a fresh start. SummerWinds Nursery is loaded with trees and shrubs to give your landscape just that. We have trees and shrubs that can act as a specimen tree, a focal point for your yard, or a lovely addition that can create a privacy screen or hedge. And for those with smaller spaces, we have shrubs and trees perfect for containers or limited space. Check out our beautiful selection of Monrovia® Trees and Shrubs....


Flowering Shrubs

Sensation Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

Sensation Lilac

An outstanding lilac noted for its large trusses of purple-red florets edged in white. A mid-season bloomer that typically flowers in mid-May. Branches are erect and open with rich green foliage. Use to create a beautiful spring flowering hedge, screen, or accent. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Moderate growing; reaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
  • Uses: border, cutting garden, firescaping/fire wise, hedge, mass planting, privacy screen, urban garden, windbreak, woodland garden

Care: Thrives in well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Needs good air circulation. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; increase frequency before spring bloom, in absence of rainfall or snow melt. Fertilize in early spring. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.

Angel White Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Angel White' (Descanso Hybrid)

Angel White Lilac

Graceful, long weeping boughs sway like willows in the breeze. Large magenta buds open to perfect double pink flowers. Later flowering avoids bud damage from late spring freezes. Plant as a focal point or use pairs to frame entries. Deciduous.



  • Light: Partial to Full Sun
  • Quickly reaches 12 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
  • Uses: border, cutting garden, firescaping/fire wise, hedge, mass planting, privacy screen, windbreak, woodland garden

Care: Thrives in well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Needs good air circulation. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; increase frequency again before and during spring bloom period. Fertilize in early spring. Prune after flowering. Pruning time: spring after flowering.


Blue Skies® Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Monore'

Blue Skies® Lilac

One of the best lilacs for warm winter areas. Produces spectacular clusters of light lavender-blue flowers without winter chilling! A midseason bloomer that typically flowers in mid-May. Bright green foliage maintains its attractive appearance all summer. Plant near a window or pathway where the fragrant blooms can be enjoyed. Deciduous.

  • Light: Partial to Full sun
  • Quickly reaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
  • Uses: Border, cutting garden, firescaping/fire wise, hedge, mass planting, privacy screen, urban garden, windbreak, woodland garden

Care: Thrives in well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Needs good air circulation. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; increase frequency again before and during spring bloom period. Fertilize in early spring. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring.



Lavender Lady Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Lavender Lady'

Lavender Lady Lilac

One of the best lilacs for warm winter areas, Lavender Lady produces spectacular clusters of fragrant lavender flowers in any part of the country, even without winter chill! Blooms mid-season, typically in mid-May. Open branched, upright form is useful as a hedge, screen or accent. Tolerates mild, periodic drought when established. Deciduous.

  • Light: Partial to Full sun
  • Quickly reaches 12 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
  • Uses: Border, cutting garden, firescaping/fire wise, hedge, mass planting, privacy screen, urban garden, windbreak, woodland garden

Care: Thrives in well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Needs good air circulation. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; increase frequency again before and during spring bloom period. Fertilize in early spring. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: late spring to early summer, after flowering.

 


Bloomerang® Pink Perfume Lilac

Syringa x 'Pink Perfume'

Bloomerang® Pink Perfume Lilac

This latest addition to the Bloomerang® series gives the same multi-season flower show, this time with delightful pink flowers. The classically fragrant blooms arrive in spring, then again from midsummer to fall. Compact, rounded shrub makes a lovely addition to mixed borders or as a container. Plant in mass in foundations or as a hedge.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
  • Uses: border, container, cutting garden, hedge, mass planting, specimen

Care: Follow regular watering schedule during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Feed before new growth emerges in spring. Increase watering before spring bloom, in absence of rainfall/snow melt. Clip spent flowers to promote continuous bloom. Note: flower production may diminish during extreme heat, resuming when the weather cools. Prune only as needed to shape.Pruning time: summer, after spring bloom flush.


Magical® Gold Forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'

Forsythia

Extra large, rich golden yellow flowers completely shroud the bare stems in early spring. Becomes the focal point of the landscape when in full bloom and blends well with other plants when the rich green foliage emerges after the flowers. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full Sun
  • Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft.
  • Uses: cutting garden, hedge, mass planting, urban

Care: Easy to grow in average to poor, well-drained soils. Water regularly, deeply during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune to shape immediately after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.

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Flowering Cherry Trees

Mount Fuji Japanese Flowering Cherry

Prunus serrulata 'Mount Fuji'

Mount Fuji Japanese Flowering Cherry

Showy garden tree with clusters of fragrant white flowers backed by bronzy new growth. A good shade tree and terrific lawn specimen. Resists browsing damage by deer. Deciduous.






  • Light: Full sun
  • Moderate grower to 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
  • Uses: specimen

Care: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.


Angel's Blush® Flowering Cherry

Prunus serrulata 'Taizo'

Angel's Blush® Flowering Cherry

A wonderful small tree for urban and patio gardens. A profusion of pink buds open to snowy white, double flowers in dense clusters that obscure the branches from view in spring. The blooms give way to attractive, bright green summer foliage. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Moderate growing; reaches 18 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide.
  • Uses: stunning small specimen, border, container, mass planting, specimen, urban garden, wildlife garden

Care: Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.


Kwanzan on Serrula Flowering Cherry

Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Kwanzan on Serrula Flowering Cherry

This flowering cherry is grafted with paperbark cherry as the interstem, resulting in a trunk with shiny mahogany red bark that peels as it ages. Superb lawn tree that puts on an early season show with clusters of large, double deep pink blooms backed by bronze-red new growth. Upright, vase-shaped branching habit.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Moderate grower to 20 to 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. and more wide.
  • Uses: specimen, urban garden, woodland garden

Care: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Double Weeping Rosebud Cherry

Prunus vulgaris 'Angel White' (Descanso Hybrid)

Double Weeping Rosebud Cherry

Graceful, long weeping boughs sway like willows in the breeze. Large magenta buds open to perfect double pink flowers. Later flowering avoids bud damage from late spring freezes. Plant as a focal point or use pairs to frame entries. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full Sun
  • Slowly reaches 15 to 20 feet tall and as wide
  • Uses: specimen, urban garden, wildlife garden, mass planting

Care: Prefers slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first few growing seasons to establish a deep, extensive root system; watering frequency can be reduced once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.


Akebono Yoshino Cherry


Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono'

Akebono Yoshino Cherry

Create a spectacular show with masses of fragrant, double white to pink flowers on a spreading, arching crown. Glossy, dark green leaves turn bright yellow in fall. Deciduous.


  • Light: Full sun
  • Rapid grower to 25 ft. tall and wide.
  • Uses: Specimen

Care: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.






Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

A lovely specimen tree that puts on an incredible early season show with clusters of large, double deep pink blooms backed by bronze-red new growth. An upright, vase-shaped branching habit perfect for lining a road or driveway. A stunning lawn specimen. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full Sun
  • Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide or more.
  • Uses: mass planting, specimen, urban garden, wildlife garden, windbreak, woodland garden

Care: Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply on a regular schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.Pruning time: winter.


Weeping Extraordinaire™ Double Flowering Cherry

Prunus x 'Extrazam'

Weeping Extraordinaire™ Double Flowering Cherry

A profusion of large, fluffy, double pink flowers that provides a fantastic early spring show. Shiny copper-colored spring foliage turns a glossy deep green in summer, and takes on a rich burgundy tone in the fall. Wonderful as a specimen, or in pairs along paths to frame formal entry ways. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, with a canopy reaching equal width.
  • Uses: Specimen, wildlife garden, woodland garden,

Care: Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.

Snow Fountains® Weeping Cherry

Prunus x 'Snowfozam'

Snow Fountains® Weeping Cherry

Naturally weeping branches are covered with showy, snow white flowers on this magnificent, compact, hardy specimen for the landscape. Red ornamental fruit follows in summer. Very disease and insect resistant. A beautiful small yard tree. Exquisite in Japanese style or nature inspired gardens. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full sun
  • Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 15 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
  • Uses: Specimen, container, urban garden

Care: Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.

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Magnolia Trees

Please note that not all varieties of Magnolia may be available at all locations.


Black Tulip™ Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangiana 'Jurmag1'

Black Tulip™ Magnolia

This is the darkest, most dramatic tulip magnolia of any on the market, with rich, deep burgundy-red six-inch-wide blooms that appear before the foliage emerges in early spring. The small, slender, multi-branched form is outstanding for use as an elegant specimen tree, en masse to form a hedge, or as a container plant. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full Sun
  • Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 6 to 10 ft. wide.
  • Uses: Container, Cutting Garden, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen and Urban Garden

Care:Provide deep, organically rich, acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil; does not tolerate heavy, wet soils or drought. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency, but continue to water deeply. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Alexander Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangiana 'Alexandrina'

Alexandrina Magnolia

Spectacular large shrub or small tree valued for its beautiful large tulip-shaped blooms, purplish pink with white interior. Great garden specimen; use it to anchor shrub beds. Deciduous.

  • Light: Full Sun
  • Moderate grower to 20 to 25 ft. tall and wide. Smaller as a shrub
  • Uses: cutting garden, firescaping/fire wise

Care:Provide deep, organically rich, acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil; does not tolerate heavy, wet soils or drought. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency, but continue to water deeply. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.





 

Magnolia 'Susan'

Magnolia Susan

Magnolia ‘Susan’ is a slow-growing shrub or small tree perfect for small gardens. Offers fragrant reddish-purple flowers that bloom in mid to late spring and will continue to bloom sporadically when moisture is adequate.

  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Grows with a compact, upright habit up to 8-12 ft. tall and wide.
  • Uses: border, container, cutting garden, hedge, mass planting, specimen

Care: It's best grown in consistently moist, slightly acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Magnolias are adaptable to clay, loam or sandy soils, but most grow poorly in wet or poorly drained soils. Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf.


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Wisteria Trees

Want to add a little privacy to your outdoor space? How about living shade - full of color? Wisteria is your temptress. Something between a vine and shrub, wisteria blooms vigorously in spring with showy, cascading flower clusters that provide quick-growing color. Please note that not all varieties of Wisteria may be available at all locations.


Cooke's Purple™ Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis 'Cooke's Purple'

Cooke's Purple Wisteria

A recognized favorite with prolific, stunning, weeping 18-inch racemes that burst with slightly fragrant purple pea-like blooms in spring before leafing out on a twining vine that is perfect for arbor, trellis or fence. Works well trained into a tree form. Produces smaller blooms sporadically throughout the summer.

  • Light: Filtered to Full Sun
  • Twining woody stems quickly reach 25 ft.; longer over time.
  • Uses: Espalier, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden

Wisteria ‘Caroline’

Caroline Wisteria

The large pea-like, lilac-blue blooms are fragrant and followed by attractive, bean-like pods and are atop dense bright green foliage. Wisteria ‘Caroline’ blooms earlier than most other varieties of wisteria.

  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Can be grown against a house wall, arbors, pergolas, trellises, fences or trained as a free-standing half standard
  • A long-lived climber



 

Lovely Wisteria

Planting Wisteria

  • Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
  • Ensure placement has full Sun. Though wisteria will grow in partial shade, it probably won't flower. Sun is essential.
  • If your soil is in poor condition, add compost; otherwise, wisteria will grow in most soils.
  • Plant in the spring or fall.
  • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. Space plants 10 to 15 feet apart.
  • Choose a site that will not overwhelm nearby plants as wisteria grows quickly and can overtake other plants.

Caring for your Wisteria

  • Each spring, apply a layer of compost under the plant and a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • Some gardeners swear by phosphorus to aid flowering. Scratch a couple of cups of bone meal into the soil in the spring and then add some rock phosphate in the Fall.
  • Water your plants if you receive less than one inch of rain each week. (To know how much rain you are getting, you can place an empty tuna can outside and measure the depth of water with a measuring stick.)

Pruning your Wisteria

  • Pruning is the secret to good flowering.
  • Prune wisteria in late winter. Remove at least half of the prior year's growth, leaving just a few buds per stem.
  • If you want a more formal appearance, prune again during summer after traditional flowering.
  • For more blooms, try cutting back the rampant shoots every two weeks during the summer.
  • Do you have a new wisteria? Cut the vine back severely right after planting. Then, the next year, cut the main stem or stems backh to 3 feet of the previous season's growth. Once the framework is full size, shorten further extension growth in midsummer to where growth began for that season.
  • Informally grown, mature plants need little or no subsequent pruning.
  • For a formally trained plant, cut side shoots back to 6 inches in summer, then shorten them again in winter to 3 buds.
  • Wisteria will resprout with vigor if cut back severely, but this pruning should be avoided, if possible, because new shoots may take some years before they flower.

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Formula For Happy Trees and Shrubs...

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  • SummerWinds Planting Mix (2 cuft. Bag) -This all-purpose natural and Organic transplanting mix is ideal for all types of flowers, vegetables and ornamentals, including annuals, perennials, ground covers, shrubs, fruit and shade trees.
  • E.B. Stone Organics - Sure Start (4 lb.) - is a blend of natural organic ingredients formulated to help newly transplanted plants develop strong roots and sturdy growth. Sure Start is rich in natural sources of phosphorus to help your plants develop a strong foundation for future growth. Their gentle and non-burning formula is safe to use with even the most tender transplants. Contains: Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Dried Chicken Manure, Bat Guano, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Potassium Sulfate, Humic Acids and Soil Microbes including Mycorrhizal Fungi.
  • Redi-Gro Mulch (2 cuft. Bag) - A natural forest product that not only looks great and is colorful for decorative landscaping, it saves water!

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