Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flowering Trees Bringing Spring to Life; Keen-Eyed Observers Notice White Blooms around the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flowering Trees Bringing Spring to Life; Keen-Eyed Observers Notice White Blooms around the Region

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Byline: Larry Figart

We have been getting a lot of questions lately from folks asking about the trees all over town with white blooms.

It seems as if the trees that were just ordinary one day have turned into outstanding specimens overnight.

The answer to the mystery has a lot to do with the weather. The tree that everyone is noticing is more than likely the "Bradford" cultivar of an ornamental pear from Asia called a Callery Pear. They are commonly known as Bradford pears.

Many trees such as pears, peaches, plums, etc., need a certain amount of chilling units or chilling hours to bloom sufficiently. A chilling unit is basically an hour when the temperature is below 45 degrees. With this winter being colder than usual, the Bradford pears were able to receive all the chilling units they needed to bloom abundantly.

Bradford pears are not without problems. Their branch structure is their biggest drawback. The branches grow upward at sharp angles making them prone to splitting apart.

There are many other spring flowering trees that are a little more consistent in bloom. Many of them are native. You may need to look hard for some of them in nurseries, but they are definitely worth it.

REDBUD TREE

Redbuds are known for their showy pink blooms that appear before the leaves in the spring. They are drought-tolerant, but they look better when they receive some irrigation in spring dry spells. They can reach a height of 35 feet when mature and do best in sunny spots that receive dappled shade. The leaves of the Forest Pansy redbud emerge purple in the spring and gradually turn greener as the summer progresses.

FLOWERING DOGWOOD

These trees have been falling out of favor because of their susceptibility to powdery mildew. Plant breeders have been trying to come up with a powdery mildew-resistant variety. While none have been developed that are completely mildew resistant, Weavers White dogwood has more resistance than the typical dogwood. …

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