Plant Profile: Early Spring Blooming Trees and Shrubs

 

Today I thought that we would take a look at some of the early spring blooming trees and shrubs. They are everywhere now and they’re such a delightful welcome after winter.

FLOWERING ALMOND (Prunus glandulosa)

 early spring blooming trees

 

SAUCER MAGNOLIA (Magnolia soulangiana)

Early spring blooming trees and shrubs

 

STAR MAGNOLIA (Magnolia stellata)

early spring blooming trees and shrubs

 

FORSYTHIA (Forsythia x intermedia)

early spring blooming trees and shrubs

 

FLOWERING QUINCE (Chaenomeles ‘Jet Trail’)

early spring blooming trees and shrubs

 

KWANZAN CHERRY (Prunus serrulata)

early spring flowering trees and shrubs

All of the early spring flowering trees and shrubs that we looked at today are blooming now in the Richmond, VA area. Well, all except the Kwanzan Cherry. I just wanted to add that one because it’s so beautiful when viewed up close. It makes quite a show while driving 45 miles per hour but if you have the opportunity to view the flowers at close range, you’ll be amazed by all of its beauty. The Saucer Magnolia flowers are no more as they were taken out by a freeze. Be sure to check out this post for more information on how to properly site a Magnolia soulangiana. And I know that Forysthia are planted ad nauseum but if they are allowed to grow into their natural form instead of being pruned into little meatballs, they are a beautiful shrub. OK Mid-Atlantic Gardening readers, what’s blooming in your area right now? Leave me a comment below or e-mail me at stacey@midatlanticgardening.com. Happy gardening!