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Flowering Trees in Calgary

Last updated 7 years ago

This will wrap up the series of landscape posts we have made over the last couple of months. In previous posts we have shared insights from our landscape team, who have provided their recommendations for landscape design in Calgary.  We talked very generally about landscape design and gardening for the harsh Calgary climate. Here we’ve provided a list and brief descriptions of some flowering trees that may be appropriate for Calgary landscaping. Remember that a tree’s ability to thrive is dependent on a number of variables: including, plant characteristics, landscape attributes and site conditions. To search for plants based on these types of factors we suggest


Flowering Trees:

1. Armur Cherry

ht. 7m – sp. 5m

Zone 2

This tree has a gorgeous peeling bronze bark. Flowering white in the spring, the deep green foliage turns yellow in the fall. These are great in a row or as a single accent tree.

2. Mayday (Bird Cherry)

ht. 6m – sp. 6m

Zone 2-3

Well known for the abundance of fragrant white flowers in the spring, this is one of the first trees to leaf out. Maydays have a wide spreading canopy and make a great shade tree. The small black chokecherries are great for birds.

3. Schubert Chokecherry

ht. 8m – sp. 4m

Zone 2

Blooming profusely in the spring, the green foliage turns to dark red in the summer to purple-red in the fall. The berries are tiny and juicy, and are good for wine or jelly or to leave for the birds. This is a great colour contrast tree that is very hardy and easy to transplant.

4. Japanese Tree Lilac

ht. 5m – sp. 3m

Zone 3

This small specimen tree or large, multi-stemmed shrub has clusters of fragrant, cream white flowers in late spring. Its purplish brown bark and attractive lenticels is also appealing. Lilacs need full sun and well-drained soil for maximum blooming. Seedheads must be pruned off after flowering.

5. Ussurian Pear

ht. 6m – sp. 4m

Zone 3

This is an oval form Pear tree covered with a blanket of glistening white flowers in spring. Branches display long thorns and glossy green foliage, which turns burnt orange in the fall. This tree prefers full sunlight and well-drained soil.

6. Thunderchild Crabapple

ht. 6m – sp. 4m

Zone 2-3

Thunderchild Crabapples are resistant to fireblight, a serious bacterial disease affecting crabapple trees. It has an upright form with pinkish-purple flowers and deep purple foliage.


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