Cherry Blossoms Alternatives

Cherry Blossom Alternatives in Alberta

Cherry blossom alternatives

Cherry blossoms are well known for their gorgeous flower show in early spring. Vancouver has many vistas filled with pink delicate blossoms as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately here in Alberta, we aren’t able to achieve such a breathtaking display. However, we have some alternatives that are just as beautiful, but tougher and hardier in this climate.

Muckle Plum

Muckle plum Prunus x nigrella ‘Muckle’

The Muckle plum gets a hot pink flower first thing in the spring, adding a great punch of colour coming out of an often dreary winter. It has deep green foliage throughout the summer and turns a yellow-orange colour in the fall. Muckle plums will grow to 20 feet high, with a 10-foot spread, and are hardy to zone 3.

Thunderchild Crabapple Malus x ‘Thunderchild’ Thunderchild Crabapple

The Thunderchild Crabapple gets a softer pink flower first thing in the spring, followed by deep purple foliage through the summer. This adds some extra colour throughout the season, and contrasts nicely against the prevalent green colour that dominates most landscapes. This tree will grow to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet, with a 10 to 15 foot spread, and are hardy to zone 3.

Princess Kay Plum Prunus nigra ‘Princess Kay’Princess Kay Plum

Showy white double flowers with slight fragrance first thing in the spring prior to leaf out. Dark green foliage through the summer, and a nice yellow colour in the fall. Will achieve a height of approximately 20 feet, by a 8 foot spread. Hardy up to zone 3.
There are many other alternatives to the cherry blossoms that come in different overall shapes, such as the Gladiator flowering crabapple (pink flowers in spring, but a more compact form overall). Additionally,many varieties of Crabapples flower first thing in the spring, but come in different flower colours, such as the Purple Spire Columnar Crabapple (more of a purple flower, and a columnar shape), or the Spring Snow Crabapple (white flowers, same size and shape as the Thunderchild Crabapple).

Sherwood carries all of these varieties, and our Horticultural Specialists can answer any questions you may have.

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