Mount Auburn is painted in shades of yellow, pink, white and lilac thanks to the daffodils, forsythia, magnolias, and redbuds now blooming. For many, though, it is the April flowering of Mount Auburn’s 20+ varieites of ornamental cherries that truly signal spring’s arrival.
Here is some of what you’ll find in bloom in April:
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
*Please remember that nature is unpredictable and that this blooming schedule is only a guide. A late spring can delay blooming by as much as two weeks. Depending on location within the Cemetery, some plants of the same varieity may bloom up to several weeks apart.
Horticulture Highlights: April
- American elm, Ulmus americanaEach April, we continue to count on one reliable phenological sign of New England’s spring: the American elm flowers, collectively tinting winter’s former stark canopies a light, purplish/red color. Continue reading
- Corneliancherry Dogwood, Cornus masThis lesser known species of dogwood produces yellow blooms in early spring. Continue reading
- Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensisOne of our native, small trees possessing memorable, even spectacular, early spring color is the Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud. Continue reading
- Flowering BulbsEarly spring bulbs are one of the first reliable signs of spring at Mount Auburn. Look for snowdrops, striped squill, and crocus, among others. Continue reading
- Flowering Dogwood, Cornus floridaLay my ashes at the foot of a dogwood tree-Should the tree live, that will be monument enough for me. Irvin S. Cobb Few trees can surpass the striking beauty of Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida in bloom. Many people, gardeners and non-gardeners alike, consider this to be the most beautiful native tree, in the eastern United States. This … Continue reading
- Forsythia…I begin to think about the long chronicle of forsythiahow these same flowers have blazedthrough the centuries,roused from the ground by the churning spring… Billy Collins Forsythia is primarily an Asian genus, and has been cultivated in Chinese landscapes since at least the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD). Of the eleven generally accepted species, ten are … Continue reading
- Red Maple, Acer rubrumSigns of spring’s figurative and literal revival are the early flowers found on our native Red Maple, Acer rubrum. While some, but certainly not all, of these trees, may have glorious red fall foliage, it is more probable that the common name relies on the annual occurrence of dense clusters of the small, red, flowers, appearing before the leaves. Continue reading
- Serviceberry, Amelanchier…’Tis a month before the month of May,And the Spring comes slowly up this way… Samuel Taylor Coleridge After our notable winter, countless people are awaiting proof that spring will arrive again. One native, arboreal accent appearing in the April landscape will be the white flowers of Amelanchier sp., commonly known as serviceberry or shadblow, … Continue reading
- Siberian Squill, Scilla sibericaOne of the most impatient of springtime plants at Mount Auburn is Scilla siberica, Siberian squill. Its brilliant azure-blue flowers are one of our most striking springtime sights. Continue reading