If any shrub can be said to symbolize spring, surely it's Forsythia. This fast-growing shrub has graceful, arching branches that are quite literally covered with cheerful yellow, long-lasting blossoms in advance of the leaves. It is easy to grow, highly adaptable and reliable.
Forsythia intermedia, Forsythia
- Height: 6-8'. Sun. Yellow blooms in early spring. Deciduous. Deer resistant. Attracts pollinators.