Spring Flowering Shrubs

These shrubs flower in March & April.

Broadleaf Evergreens:

  • Rhododendron:  Among the earliest Rhododendrons to bloom are the small leaf varieties, such as PJM, April Snow, Bubblegum, and Aglo.  Depending on the cultivar flower color can vary from pink, purple, white, and even yellow.  The flowers can really brighten a shady nook.
  • Pieris:  Another shade tolerant evergreen with white-soft pink, pendulous flowers often start blooming in late March and continue through mid-April.  Often referred to as Lily-of-the-Valley shrub, due to the similarity in flower of the woodland perennial of the same name.

Deciduous Shrubs:

  • Forsythia:  Perhaps the most notable of spring flowering shrubs, with their intense yellow blooms that cover the branches.  Flowers occur before the leaves, making it a stand-out in the landscape.
  • Quince:  Typically sought after for their deep red flowers that occur before the leaves, but recent cultivars have included such colors as orange and pink.  The small landscape varieties will produce fruit, however they are not as good for jams and jellies like the old fashion varieties are.
  • Witchhazel:  The popular native variety can start blooming as early as February.  They have small, delicate, yellow-orange flowers.  This is a nice plant to use under the shade of other trees, with its attractive layered branching structure and dark green foliage.
  • Magnolia:  Utilized in the landscape as a large shrub or small ornamental tree, they typically start flowering in late-April.  They are hard to miss with large flowers with strap-like petals.  Most popular are the classic coloring of deep purple on the outside, contrasted with bright white centers.  But pinks, yellow, and white are available.  The only complaint about this shrub is that the flowers don’t last long enough!
  • Serviceberry:  Another large shrub or small tree, this plant has delicate white flowers that occur before the leaves.  Often when driving in late-April to mid-May the flowers of the native species are noticeable in the woods.