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Vernal Witch Hazel
Hamamelis vernalis, Zones 4 to 8
Size: 6 to 10 feet tall and wider
Enjoy seasons of color from this North American native plant. Fragrant flowers are golden yellow, orange or burgundy-red. See even more yellow flowering shrubs.
Leaves emerge reddish bronze, turn green in summer and shift to yellow in fall. The best flowering happens in full sun, but the plant tolerates part shade.
Why we love it: This native tree attracts songbirds, but deer leave it alone.
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Edgeworthia chrysantha, Zones 7 to 9
Size: 3 to 6 feet tall and wider
Leafless stems provide interest in winter, while creamy yellow flowers with a spicy scent attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies in late winter or early spring. The Gold Finch variety tolerates humidity and heat, and Grandiflora boasts larger flowers.
Why we love it: Dark green leaves turn rich yellow in fall, adding to its year-round appeal. And its bark can be used to make paper, hence its common name.
Plant Lenten rose for early spring blooms.
Prunus jacquemontii, Zones 5 to 8
Size: 5 feet tall and wide
Here’s a cherry that southern gardeners can also enjoy. Rose-colored buds open to fragrant pink flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. The green leaves are a larval host for the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly and turn yellow in the fall. Grow these spring flowering bushes in full sun with moist, well-draining soil.
Why we love it: The fruit, which ranges from red to plum purple, attracts birds to the landscape.
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