For the past two weeks my woods have been aglow with the bright white flowers of the blackhaw viburnum. (Viburnum prunifolium)
blackhaw at the woods edge
blackhaws in bloom in the understory
red admiral butterfly nectaring in blackhaw flowers
This shrub or small tree tolerates shade well, it thrives under the canopy of larger trees and at the forest edge. Throughout most of the year, it is rather nondescript, but it really puts on a show in early May with its profuse white blooms.
It’s a native tree to our area, and supplies food to several species. In addition, the blue fruits which ripen in fall provide food for birds and other wildlife. If you want to plant a flowering tree that doesn’t get huge it may be a good choice.