Welcome to Tips Tree Planting’s Spring Planting Guide – Trees

By Jocelyn Bonesteel

Spring has finally arrived! The warmth of the sun, longer days, and the end of the cold winter are all signs that it’s time to start thinking about our gardens. At Tips Tree Planting, we often receive questions about the best plant options for the season. In this 4-part series, we’ll explore some of our favorite plants for your landscape and how they can be used. Let’s start with our most popular trees. If you find something you love, you can pre-order them at our online store.

Trees: Small Spaces, Big Impact

Many homeowners believe that planting trees requires a lot of garden space. However, thanks to advancements in cultivation, there are now trees that have been bred to be smaller in size. Even those that don’t stay small can offer unique traits that make them a perfect fit for your landscape.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

  • Size: 30’ x 25’
  • Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Best Feature: Early Spring pinkish purple pea-like blooms

The Eastern Redbud, a native tree in Indiana, blooms early, bringing a burst of color to your landscape. With variations in foliage, such as green, burgundy, and even multiple colors on a single tree, it offers a diverse range of options. The pinkish purple flowers emerge directly on the branches, creating a vibrant display. Shop at Tips Tree Planting for your Eastern Redbud.

Red Pointe Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Redpointe’)

  • Size: 45’ x 30’
  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Best Feature: Brilliant red fall leaves

Native to Indiana, the Red Pointe Red Maple is a favorite among tree enthusiasts. Its slightly narrower leaves, compared to traditional maples, provide a unique aesthetic. The Red Pointe’s show-stopping fall color in a brilliant red tone is unmatched. With little to no pruning required, it maintains a stunningly symmetrical shape. Shop at Tips Tree Planting for your Red Pointe Red Maple.

Jane Magnolia (Magnolia ‘Jane’)

  • Size: 25’ x 20’
  • Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Best Feature: Early spring cupped, pink blooms

The Jane Magnolia, part of the little girl series, is a smaller saucer Magnolia that bursts with blooms in early spring. Its medium pink flower buds open to a light pink or almost white, creating a delicate and enchanting spectacle. Magnolias are known for making a statement, and Jane may even rebloom in the fall! Shop at Tips Tree Planting for your Jane Magnolia.

River Birch (Betula nigra)

  • Size: 60’ x 45’
  • Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Best Feature: Architecturally interesting; graceful leaves in the wind

Another fantastic Indiana native, the River Birch offers different options, such as single-stem or multi-stemmed varieties. The multi-stemmed clump style creates a stunning shade tree and serves as a fantastic specimen planting near your home. The exfoliating bark adds an interesting texture, and the foliage turns a gorgeous shade of yellow in the fall. Shop at Tips Tree Planting for your River Birch.

Royal Raindrop Crabapple (Malus ‘JFS-KW5’)

  • Size: 20’ x 15’
  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Best Feature: Early spring magenta blooms; burgundy foliage all year

The Royal Raindrop Crabapple is a showstopper! It’s more disease-resistant than many other Crabapples and offers four seasons of color. The bright magenta flowers in early spring give way to burgundy, almost maple-leaf-shaped foliage in summer. During fall, the leaves turn shades of scarlet and orange. Small red crabapples the size of berries persist well into winter, making it a paradise for bird-watchers. Shop at Tips Tree Planting for your Royal Raindrop Crabapple.

Weeping Willow (Salix tristis; Salix babylonica)

  • Size: 50’ x 50’
  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Best Feature: Long, weeping branches

Weeping Willows are well-known for making a grand statement in the landscape, especially when planted near a pond. Although they require a significant amount of space, they are unmatched by any other plant if given room to flourish. The gracefully weeping branches sway gently in the breeze, creating a beautiful spectacle. Foliage transitions from medium or almost grey-green to bright yellow in the fall. Shop at Tips Tree Planting for your Weeping Willow.

With these fantastic tree options, you can add beauty, color, and texture to your landscape this spring. Explore our online store and pre-order your favorite trees today at Tips Tree Planting. Happy planting!