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Early leaf out hardy shrubs

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Venus26-May-04 11:18 AM EST 3a   
Patricia26-May-04 05:17 PM EST 5   

Subject: Hardy shrubs - first to leaf out in spring
From: Venus
Zone: 3a
Date: 26-May-04 11:18 AM EST

What are your favorite hardy shrubs that are the first to leaf out in the spring? As a cold climate gardener with late springs, I really appreciate these types of shrubs to kick start my garden! I have listed mine below.

The first to leaf out in my garden is my Rose Glow Barberry which is planted in a sheltered, full sun location.

The second to leaf out is a new one I tried last year called "False Spirea" (Sorbaria Sorbifolia). It is a zone 2 shrub, has very lacy delicate leaves and blooms white plumes in early summer. I planted two last year, both in part shade (they can handle full sun) and I am thrilled with them. I plan to buy about 6 more this year to replace some golden elders that I am very disappointed with (only growing from the ground). Apparently this shrub will sucker but they are easily removed. They are also good for hillside and erosion locations. I am very surprised that it is not listed in Lois Hole’s shrub book.

Thanks for sharing your list.

Subject: RE: Early leaf out hardy shrubs
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 26-May-04 05:17 PM EST

We garden just outside Ottawa. For us, the shrub with the earliest leaves is by far the common elderberry bush. We did not even plant this bush - it grows right under an oak tree that we grew from an acorn - the oak is about 15 years now. My thinking is that a bird brought this seed to us in its droppings (thus the "under the tree" location). We also have a wonderful crop of blackberries each year now, again growing under trees, never planted by us. Another present from the birds! Last summer I harvested a soup-bowl full of blackberries each day.

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