Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Prolific Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Early spring
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
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 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: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.