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Forcing Branches

Here is a chart explaining how many weeks it takes to force various branches to bloom out-of-season.

Tree or Shrub No. of Weeks to Force Blossom Colour
Apple, crab apple 2-4 white, pink, red
Cherry, sand cherry, chokecherry 2-4 white, pink
Forsythia 1-3 yellow
Honeysuckle 2-3 white, pink
Japonica (flowering quince) 4 red-orange
Pear 4-5 white
Pussy willow 1-2 silver, grey
Saskatoon (serviceberry) 1-4 white
Witch hazel 1 yellow
Source: Canadian Living Magazine (February 2001)