• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Waterwise Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Early spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasEarly color from forsythias deserves a well chosen place in the garden. This smaller variety is particularly well suited for the limited spaces of front yard foundation planting where it may achieve its natural character without shearing. Use at the back of the shrub border for spring brilliance when all else is leafless, then when green it will fade to a rich background for summer bloomers. Create a hedge of bright bold flowers to divide front yards or to line the edge of a driveway. Outstanding against white picket fences where color shows through the slats. Makes a big surprise in wild gardens when the color jumps out of a still dormant landscape. As suited to an informal cottage garden as it is a manicured estate landscape.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    While Forysthias are native to eastern Asia, this stunning new variety was a recent chance discovery in Germany by a grower who specializes in breeding for the cut flower industry. Forsythia was named for William Forsyth an 18th century horticulturist to include plants discovered by two famous plant hunters, Karl Thunberg and Robert Fortune. F.x intermedia is the result of early crosses in the late 1800s of a Chinese F. suspensa and Japanese F. viridissima.
    Lore:
    Forsythia has been used in Chinese medicine for aeons where it is listed among the 50 essential herbs. It is valued chiefly for its antiseptic effect used to treat wounds and boils. Like calendula of the west, forsythia flower petals also contain powerful bacteria fighting properties which make it an important dressing.