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Three Favorite Trees & Shrubs That Bloom In April
Pieris japonica 'Brower's Beauty' is one terrific plant and a great shrub to have to give an early pop to your garden.  This plant is so great, it won an award!  Its call the Cary Award http://
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www.caryaward.org/ and it is given to those plants that do particularly well in the harsh New England Climate.
This plant has white tassels that bloom in April, but it stays evergreen all year long which makes it quite desirable for those bleak winter landscapes.  

The plants tend to like sun or part-sun but will live in the shade.   The plants get a bit leggy with the lack of light. 
When fully mature the plant will be about 5'x5' so you can use it along the house, but be sure your window is higher than 5 feet or it will be blocked eventually.
Another great early bloomer is forsythia.  This is the shrub you see busting forth will all the yellow flowers in April and into early May.  The plant loves sunshine, but I have seen them flower in part-sun and even shade.   The more sun, the tighter the plant and the more flowers you get. 
You can prune forsythia after it flowers.  Do not be afraid to cut the older stalks to the ground.  This is called renewal pruning and will encourage a bushier plant.  You can also prune for shape.  You do not have to prune the plant at all if you like its wild look.
Finally, Cornus Mas, cornialian cherry dogwood.    This is the small tree you see that has the yellow flowers in April.  Again, a Cary Award winner, according to their web site  “It reaches a maximum height of 20-25‘ by 15‘-20‘ in width. It can be grown as a single-stemmed tree or multi-stemmed shrub.Cornus mas is quite tolerant of soil types but prefers a rich, well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded position. Pests rarely bother this tree. This dogwood also has interesting exfoliating bark on mature specimens--a fine winter feature--and good quality foliage throughout the summer. Although hidden under the leaves, an added bonus is the small red fruits that ripen in the late summer and early fall. They are rather astringent to taste unless absolutely ripe. Squirrels and birds relish them. Best fruiting is obtained if more than one specimen is in the area.”
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