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The Most Fragrant Trees to Plant in Your Yard

Spring is finally here. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the sunshine and spend time outdoors. It’s also a great time to think about planting a tree in your front yard. Trees add to your home’s curb appeal and to the overall aesthetic of your front lawn. But since spring is a time when flowers blossom, why not indulge the senses by planting a tree that’s both beautiful and fragrant? There are a number of Portland trees that will brighten your yard and entice the senses with their pleasant aromas.

There’s a reason people do spring cleaning this time of year. Springtime is associated with fresh air and crisp, clean scents. If you’re looking for a tree that has a springtime aroma, the linden tree would be an excellent selection. The linden tree has small, white and yellow blossoms that give the tree its fragrant aroma. The scent is bright and sunny with hints of honey.

The blossoms and leaves from the linden tree are often used to make herbal tea because of their medicinal benefits. Linden is believed to soothe headaches, aid in digestion, and have many other positive effects on overall health. This is truly a tree that will awaken your senses — sight, smell, and taste. Linden trees can be grown in plant hardiness zones 3 through 8 so they make excellent Portland trees. If you’re unfamiliar with plant hardiness zones, check this guide or contact one of our expert arborists at Mr. Tree with any questions.

The Most Fragrant Trees to Plant in Your YardJasmine trees can be another great way to fill your front yard with an exotic fragrance. Since a variety of jasmine trees can be grown in plant hardiness zones 8 and 9, they also make great Portland trees. Notes of jasmine are often found in perfumes because of their sweet aroma. Like linden, jasmine can be used as an ingredient in tea and is believed to have many health benefits.

The wisteria tree can make a dramatic front-yard statement both in terms of its fragrance and its aesthetic. The tree’s blue-purple or lavender blossoms give it a striking look. The aroma from the blossoms is equally striking. Since the blossoms typically bloom in spring, it’s a perfect springtime-planting Portland tree. In order to ensure the wisteria tree is in full bloom though, you’ll want to plant in an open spot where it will get lots of sunshine. While a wisteria tree can grow in partial shade, its flowers likely will not. Of course, the blossoms are essential for the tree’s fragrant aroma.

Another eye-catching tree to brighten up your front lawn is the cherry blossom tree. Like jasmine, many perfumes and body products are scented with cherry blossom and like wisteria trees, they typically grow best in full sunlight. The Japanese flowering cherry tree (which is also known as the Yoshino tree) can be grown in plant hardiness zones 5 through 8, making it another excellent Portland tree. The blossoms have a faint almond fragrance in the springtime. The white-pink blossoms typically bloom from March to April and their faint aroma will make your yard smell fragrant without being overpowering. The downside of cherry blossom trees is their short blooming season.

If you’re looking for a fragrant tree that will be in bloom for more than a couple of months out of the year, the camellia tree would fit the bill quite well. Camellia trees grow well in zones 7 through 9, though some varieties can be grown in zones 6 and 10 as well. They typically prefer the shade to the sun. Camellia trees have several varieties that bloom for most of the year. Planting this tree means you can smell a fragrant aroma in your front yard practically year-round.

The Camellia ‘Spring Mist’ and Camellia ‘Fragrant Pink’ are a couple of varieties that bloom in spring, fall, and winter. Camellia tree blossoms come in a variety of shades; from white to pale pink to a deep red. Camellia trees are an excellent selection because of the wide array of choices they offer.

Gardenia trees are also incredibly fragrant Portland trees. They are grown in plant hardiness zones 8 through 11, which make them perfect for the Portland area. Gardenia, like camellia, is often used in scented perfumes because of its pleasant aroma. The first blossom of the gardenia tree has a light scent that transforms to an intoxicating fragrance once the tree is in full bloom. They typically prefer partial shade to full sun and bloom from spring through summer.

Lilac is another popular tree for those wanting to beautify their yard with lovely blossoms that have a sweet scent. Those who reside in plant hardiness zone 8 should have no problem planting a lilac tree in their front yard. There are also a few shrub varieties for those who live in plant hardiness zone 9 as well. The lavender lady, angel white, and California rose are a few examples. Like the names suggest, the blossoms come in a variety of shades including lavender, violet, pink, and white. Both the California rose and angel white varieties are mildly fragrant while the lady lavender will yield a stronger scent.

In the mild springtime weather, you should take the time to stop and smell the roses. Or in this case, the jasmine, lilac, and gardenia flowers that will brighten up your front yard and sweeten the springtime air. These trees will not only add to your home’s curb appeal. They’ll also fill your front yard with a fragrant aroma that will make you want to sit on your porch all day long.

Ready to start planting one of these fragrant Portland trees? Talk to one of our expert arborists at Mr. Tree and we’ll help you spruce up your front lawn in no time at all.