Fragrant Flowering Trees

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Fragrant Flowering Trees
Smell the flowers on trees before buying to see if you like the fragrance. (boy and a flowering tree image by iChip from

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.

Tree Placement

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.

Fragrant Flowering Trees
Position fragrant trees in containers directly outside a window. (Corps de brugmansia 2 image by sylbohec from

Bloom Time

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.

Fragrant Flowering Trees
Bloom time is an important consideration. (plum flowers on the branch image by Alexander Muhin from

Year-Round Enjoyment

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.

Fragrant Flowering Trees
Berries covered in ice create winter interest in the garden. (frozen berries on tree branch image by Jorge Moro from

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