There are many fragrant flowering trees, some that bloom during the day and some that bloom when night falls. Those that bloom at night have a more intense, wafting fragrance, possibly because the darkness and cooler temperatures keep the scent from dissipating quickly.
Choose the site carefully; keep in mind the direction the wind typically blows. The ideal site would be far enough from your house so the tree's branches and root system do not damage your home, yet close enough for scent to easily waft in through an open window or door. The exception would be if someone in your household is allergic to the fragrance of the tree.
Choose fragrant flowering trees that bloom at different times of the year. Spring, summer and fall are the typical bloom times for most fragrant trees; however, with a little research it is possible to locate trees such as Hamamelis, or witch hazel, that have fragrant blooms during the winter months.
Many fragrant flowering trees fruit once the flowers fade. The fruit adds winter interest to the garden and provides food for wild animals and birds. Viburnum, a shrub with varieties that can reach 30 feet tall, is a great example. It has fragrant flowers in the spring, then come winter it has berries. Depending on the variety, some Viburnum berries are pink, blue or a mix of the two colours.
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