Flowering branches

Blooming trees are a bouquet maker's dream

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Crabapple branches

BLOOMING FRUIT TREES  With the first wave of mild weather, flower buds grow fat. Within weeks, these buds burst into bloom. All fruit trees flower, but some are bred for dramatic bloom, not fruit production; a few produce both.    

Arrangement:  Tall flowering crabapple branches create sculptural drama in a vase.   Cut branches to about twice the height of your container, then make a 1- to 2-inch slit in each stem so the branches absorb water.

Rob D. Brodman

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Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower in winter or early spring are a bouquet maker's dream. Snip a few small branches when the first buds have just opened or are just showing color, put them in a deep vase filled with water, and watch as the pink, white, or yellow blooms unfurl exactly as they would on the tree. (Follow proper pruning practices when cutting off branches; never leave stubs.)

Try this technique with an apple, apricot, cherry, or plum, or a shrub such as flowering quince or forsythia.

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