Steve and I have one general rule when it comes to trees in our yard: we never cut one down without replacing it. It not only maintains our curb appeal, but also our utility bills and privacy. Unfortunately, as we live in a 45 year old house, we have had to do a lot of cutting of our property's original plantings over the last 12 years. Currently, we have 2 trees that have reached the end of the road, including our gorgeous front yard redbud. It saddens me, as the tree provides amazing color every April. In addition, it has been the boys' favorite climbing tree over the years and acts as home to my songbird feeder...
My babies back in 2010- so little. =(
The plan is, of course, to replace it with another Spring-flowering tree so I have been on the lookout! As I venture the city for work, I pay extra close attention to the Spring blooms to make the decision easier.
In fact, Spring is the IDEAL time to identify trees in the Midwest, as most ornamental trees are in full show-stopping bloom! Curious of the identity of the glorious blooms that you currently see around town? This guide will help!
Bradford Pear Tree
Red Bud Tree
White Dogwood Tree
Pink Dogwood Tree
Weeping Cherry Tree
Ornamental Cherry Tree
Snowball Bush aka Viburnum