• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Early Spring Flowers
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:for-SITH-i-a in-ter-ME-di-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    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.
    Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Quince (Chaenomeles); Redbud (Cercis); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Iris (Iris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in average to poor, well-drained soils. Best flowering in full sun. Water regularly, deeply during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune to shape immediately after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.


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