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Shrubs That Flower in Early Spring

#1 Winter heath

Winter heath (Erica carnea) begins blooming over the winter, and its spikes of lavender-pink flowers persist into early spring. The low-growing, evergreen shrub appears delicate, but it’s actually fairly hardy and tolerates poor soil and some drought. It flowers best in full sun but can stand a little shade. If pruning is necessary to maintain its shape or remove old portions, do so after the plant is done flowering in the spring.

#2 Witch hazel

(Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’) is a flowering shrub prized for its bright blooms that arrive in March? The yellow flowers have a warm, spicy fragrance and precede the leaves. The plant grows to about 12 to 15 feet tall and is often used as a screen or tall hedge. Although it can tolerate some shade, planting it in full sun will maximize its blooms.

#3 Forsythias

Forsythias are flowering shrubs known for their long branches that get full with brilliant yellow blooms early in spring. The plant belongs to the olive family and can tolerate poor soil and some drought. But if it experiences an especially harsh winter or a late winter freeze, it might fail to flower well in spring.

#4 Andromeda

Andromeda (Pieris japonica) is a shade-tolerant bush that can start blooming as early as March and has distinctively fragrant flowers. Some people find their strong smell offensive while others like it, so know the smell before you plant one in your garden. The bush is evergreen and can grow to around 10 feet tall with a spread of 7 feet.

#5 Flowering Quince

The flowering quince is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub. Despite its somewhat messy growth habit, this shrub produces beautiful red, orange, white, or pink flowers that bloom as early as March or April. Regarding roses, flowering quince has a thorny exterior and an easy-to-grow nature, making it a good choice for barrier plantings.

#6 Japanese Rose

The Japanese rose is a somewhat fanciful common name for Kerria japonica. It is not a rose in the traditional sense, as it does not belong to the genus Rosa. But it is a member of the very large rose family. This bush puts on a magnificent display when in bloom for up to six weeks in April and May. It blooms on old wood, so do any necessary pruning right after its spring flowering is finished. If you prune later in the season, you might remove flower buds for the next year.

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