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Forsythia
Forsythia

 

Description:
A deciduous shrub noted for its colorful yellow spring flowers appearing before the foliage.  All it requires is a sunny area and well-drained soil.   It's also a very easy plant to grow and transplants well.  Photo courtesy of Proven Winners.

 

 
Common Name: Forsythia, Border Forsythia, Golden Bell
Botanical Name: Forsythia
Type: Deciduous shrub
Soil Preference: Tolerates drought and will grow in dry soil but prefers well-drained, loamy or sandy soils with a pH of acidic to alkaline. (6.8-7.7)
Light Requirements: Full sun to very light shade
Attributes: Good in container plantings, the border, as a specimen or ground cover and for erosion control.
Pests: Few, if any
Diseases: none serious
Care: Prune after flowering to keep the plant compact and to thin it out.

Fertilize with Holly-tone or Plant-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th, August 15th & October 30th.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings.

Planting Instructions: Trees & Shrubs

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Forsythia x 'Fiesta'
Fiesta Forsythia
zones 5a-8a
 
Description:  An upright, mounded shrub most noted for it's compact size and variegated yellow and green foliage.  It also features golden yellow flowers in spring which appear before the foliage.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Variegated yellow and green, purple fall color
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 3-4'


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Thank you to Spring Meadow Nursery for use of this image.


Forsythia x intermedia 'Courdijau' ('Golden Peep')
Golden Peep Forsythia
zones 5-
 
Description:  New from France! Golden Peep is a ball of gold in the spring.  Not only does it bear a dwarf habit but but it also has excellent compact branching. The latest introduction in the Forsythia breeding program in the INRA research station in Angers, France.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18"-30"
Spread: 36"


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Forsythia x 'Courtasol' ('Gold Tide')
Gold Tide Forsythia
zones 5a-8a
 
Description:  'Gold Tide' blooms heavier and has a better shape than other Forsythia cultivars.  Produces profuse golden yellow flowers in April.  A very fast grower that will benefit from an occasional thinning out.   You can do this by cutting off old wood at ground level.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green, Purple fall color
Height: 18-36"
Spread: 3-6'


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Forsythia x 'Courtacour' ('Goldilocks')
Goldilocks Forsythia
zones 5-8
 
Description:  A Forsythia unlike no other!  The blooms on Goldilocks are golden yellow and have the appearance of a Liatris spike!  A true dwarf good for borders, patios and containers. 
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 24-36"


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Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood'
Forsythia, Border Forsythia, Golden Bell
zones 4a-8a
 
Description:  Also called 'Lynwood Gold'.  An erect, fast growing plant with brilliant deep yellow flowers on green foliage.  Thin occasionally by cutting off old wood at ground level.   Transplants well.  
Bloom Color: Deep yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green, purple fall color
Height: 8-10'
Spread: 6-8'


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Forsythia ovata 'Meadow Lark'
Meadow Lark Forsythia
zones 4a-7b
 
Description:  The hardiest of all Forsythias!!  The bright yellow flowers with buds hardy to -35F!!   Prune the flowers shoots near the old wood as soon as the flowers fade.  This pruning will keep the shrub neat and compact.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-9'
Spread:


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Forsythia x int. 'New Hampshire Gold'
Forsythia, Border Forsythia, Golden Bell
zones 3b-8a
 
Description:  A very hardy golden flowered variety with handsome maroon foliage (shown).  'New Hampshire Gold' is a rapid grower that transplants well and likes to be thinned occasionally but cutting off old wood at ground level.
Bloom Color: Golden yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green, purple and red fall color
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 4-5'


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Thank you to Proven Winners
for image use


Forsythia x 'Show Off Starlet'
Show Off Starlet Forsythia
zones 5-8
 
Description:  Starlet is a bright ball of yellow flowers in spring! If your older forsythia takes up too much room and has a weak flower display, try this new, improved variety. It has the same fabulous flower display you get with Show Off forsythia, but in a smaller package. This new dwarf forsythia is a mass of bright yellow spring flowers from base to tip.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green, Maroon fall color
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 3-4'


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Thank you to Proven Winners
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Forsythia x 'Show Off Sugar Baby'
Show Off Sugar Baby Forsythia
zones 5-8
 
Description:  This miniature, upright selection delivers more flowers per inch to create an outstanding spring display.  Boutniful bright yellow flowers are produced from base to tip in the spring much like the rest of the Show Off series but standing much shorter.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-30"
Spread: 18-30"

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Forsythia x 'Sunrise'
Sunrise Forsythia
zones 5-8
 
Description:  An excellent selection with an attractive mound form that is more compact and usable than most Forsythia cultivars.  Develops a handsome maroon fall color. (See picture for 'New Hampshire Gold'
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green, Maroon fall color
Height: 5'
Spread: 5'

 

 

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