Early Blooming Shrubs

April 22nd, 2010

Early in the spring is the time that we’re all itching to say goodbye to the harsh winter weather and get some color back in our yards.

One way to do this is to put in early blooming plants to get a jump start on the growing season.

Do you want to be the talk of the neighborhood in late March when you have shrubs that are blooming and no one else does?

The following are all shrubs that are blooming right now and could provide a yearly relief from the drab grayness of winter.

Golden Glory Dogwood aka Cornelian Cherry

Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’

Upright form Dogwood with abundant yellow flowers in early spring and glossy dark green foliage. This very large shrub matures at 20-25’ tall and 15-20’ wide. The Cornelian Cherry is one of the first shrubs to bloom in the late winter or early spring and is very hardy against frosts.


Forsythia x

Forsythia is another great choice for early blooms. There are several Forsythia with different shapes and sizes to fit your needs from nearly ground-cover to large shrubs. They are another yellow-gold blooming shrub that blooms in late March-April. With the variety of size and different interesting foliage types, Forsythia might prove to be the most attractive option if you’re looking for an early blooming shrub.

French Pussy Willow

Salix caprea

The Pussy Willow is another early blooming large shrub, maturing at about 15-20’ in height and 10’ in width. Fuzzy catkins 1”–2” long appear before leaves emerge in March-April, giving this shrub a very unique appearance. These catkins appear on shiny maroon stems to create a very interesting aesthetic for your yard early in the spring. This hardy plant can be pruned very aggressively to keep it within the confines the desired space (prune just after flowering but before new growth).