Memphis Botanic Garden's Director of Horticulture Rick Pudwell really dislikes the word 'forcing' when talking about bringing spring flowering bulbs and other plants as well as flowering branches into bloom at times other than their normal season.
He likes to think of gardening as a more gentle pursuit that involves working with nature instead of against her. That being said, it seems that gardeners will do almost anything to enjoy fresh flowers when the weather is cold and not conducive to being outdoors.
Most spring flowering trees and shrubs can be brought into bloom anywhere from one the three months before they would normally flower outdoors if some simple rules are followed.
The following is a list of species that force well for me, there are others I'm sure that would be worth a try:
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