|The contrast between the knobby, grey branches and the delicate blossoms and leaves of flowering apples, crabapples, cherries, plums and pears is one of the prettiest sights in nature.
It’s best to cut the branches when they are filled with plump buds, just ready to burst open. If the buds have opened, you must handle the branches very delicately, the blossom petals will fall off easily. Trim the base of the branches at an extreme angle (we like using a utility knife) this provides a greater surface through which the branch can absorb water.
If you don’t have a tree abundant in buds, early spring is a great time to plant bare root blossoming trees such as these. Visit your nursery to see what is available and look around for a suitable spot. The infant tree above was planted just a year ago and is already producing beautiful blooms.
Saucer magnolias can make an incredible display as individual flowers. These trees look like they were planted a year ago. Imagine the big dramatic branches one could prune off as this tree grows.