Flowering Trees can be a beautiful touch to any landscape, here are a few tips and pointers to help you choose and grown flowering trees.
- Choose trees that have wide branch angles (also known as the crotch angle) to avoid weak branches and ice damage for those in colder climates. This angle measures the distance between the trunk and the base of the branch. An upright branch has a narrow angle of less than 45 degrees. A sturdy, wide-angled branch has a 45-60 degree angle.
- If the tree does have a narrow branch angle you can use ‘spreaders’ on young trees to create a wider branch. A narrow branch angle can catch moisture and encourage diseases. Once the branches mature enough to become firm and woody, you can remove the spreaders, and the branches will stay in place.
- Avoid planting large flowering trees over patios and decks. When the flower fall it can cause the grown to become slippery.
- Choose trees that cast light shade if you want to plant a flower garden below them, some trees allow sunlight to filter down between light branches or small leaves.