most reliable spring blooming flower or tree for NC

edhodge(NWArk)March 26, 2012

My very dearest friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. I want to send her a spring blooming flower or tree that will come back year after year, as a reminder to her that she will be here to see it. She lives in the Raleigh area on a very shady lot. I thought about a bunch of crocus bulbs but my understanding is they do better if planted in the fall. Can you help me?

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How about Cornus florida, flowering dogwood? An iconic native tree of the eastern woodland understory and readily available at nurseries.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 7:39AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Does she have any native azaleas? They are a real feast for the eyes (and nose).

I've stopped recommending dogwoods because of the prevalence of disease issues. NC is certainly right in the hotbed of this problem.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 12:49PM
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I second esh_ga's suggestion of _Cornus florida_. Another good native, understory spring-flowering tree is the redbud (_Cercis canadensis_). The typical color of the redbud is mauve, but it also comes in a beautiful white version (_Cercis canadensis alba_).

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 3:51PM
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