Sooner or later (or it may already have begun), Minnesota’s trees, shrubs, and bushes will begin to bloom and add color to what has been a dull winter landscape. After remaining dormant through the winter trees develop their bright green leaves, indicating the presence of spring and chlorophyll. As trees enter their growing seasons (spring and summer), chlorophyll uses sunlight to produce carbohydrates, which it creates from carbon dioxide and water. In addition to the green leaves that will give life to the tree, their flowers will soon be in bloom. We’ve put together a list of some of the breeds that can be found in Minnesota and how to spot them by appearance—particularly their flowers.
If you want to not only add beauty to your landscape but also a sign that spring is here, we highly recommend that you plant a flowering tree. You can learn more about these trees, and several others, by reading our blog about including ornamental and unusual trees in your landscape.