As you plot what to plant this year consider adding flowering trees and shrubs that will ensure early spring color. Bonus? You can prune budding branches to bring inside and force into bloom. Here are our favorites!
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Zones 4-8
Force branches of showy dogwood flowers in late winter.
Super Red® Flowering Quince, Zones 5-9
Kick off the season with long-lasting bright red quince blooms in early spring.
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry, Zones 4-8
Flowering cherry trees (super easy to force) provide a fantastic show in early spring.
Prairifire Crabapple, Zones 4-8
Fragrant and super-flowery, force cut branches of crabapples in early spring.
Black Tulip™ Magnolia, Zones 5-9
For sheer drama force cut branches of magnolia trees in mid-spring.