List of Spring Flowering Shrubs

Many shrubs flower in the spring--and for every type of shrub, many sub-varieties exist. The different types flower at different times in the spring. Be sure to choose the kind of shrub that will do best in your specific weather planting area. Generally most shrubs are forgiving, and do well in various types of soil.


Both deciduous and evergreen azaleas are spring-flowering, producing many beautiful but short-lived flowers. These shrubs can grow up to 12 feet high. Prune azaleas right after they flower in order to avoid disrupting the growing buds. They are very adaptable to varying soil conditions.

Bridal-Wreath Spiraea

This spring-flowering shrub produces many tiny white flowers that last for around 3 weeks in the late spring. They do best in full sun and well-drained soil. It can grow up to 9 feet high and 6 feet in diameter6

Flowering Quince

This shrub can grow red, salmon, deep pink, coral, or white flowers. These plants are relatively low-maintenance, prefer full sun, and like the azalea are adaptable to many different soil types. They produce small, green, edible fruits, often used for jelly.


Forsythias are one of the earliest-blooming shrubs, and can bloom not just in spring but in later winter as well. There are some varieties that grow up to 10 feet high, and others that do not grow above a foot. These shrubs are fairly common and are very easy to grow. They will produce many small flowers of varying colors, depending on the variety.


Lilacs are hardy plants, tolerant of poor and dry soils. They are best grown in full sun. They produce beautiful flowers that are well-known for their fragrance. The flowers can be white, purple, blue or pink.


There are many species of magnolia, some of them shrubs, and others trees. Different varieties flower at different times, so get a type that flowers in spring. Many flower in March and April, and the colors can be white, yellow, purple, and pink. They do best in slightly acidic soil.

Pussy Willow

Pussy willows are tall shrubs that grow large red flower buds in the spring. Instead of maturing into normal flowers, these buds turn into catkins, which are fuzzy, cylindrical clusters of flowers without petals. It is a deciduous shrub and prefers lots of sunlight and moist soil.

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