• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Early Spring Flowering
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:for-SITH-i-a in-ter-ME-di-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 11, 14 - 16, 18, 19
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasForsythia is the first of the old-fashioned deciduous flowering shrubs to bloom in spring. Plant as a single specimen in an out-of-the-way place where it can spread and bloom into a golden mass then blend into the background for the rest of the season. Although Forsythia may be sheared or heavily pruned, doing so decreases its drama. Can be used as espalier, bank cover, hedge or screen. So rugged it may naturalize in woodland or wild gardens.
    Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Quince (Chaenomeles); Redbud (Cercis); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Iris (Iris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Requires less water, once established. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.