• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderately growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:for-SITH-ee-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact, Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderately growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Quince (Chaenomeles); Redbud (Cercis); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Iris (Iris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers rich, loose, well-drained soils, but very adaptable. Best flowering in full sun. Water regularly, deeply during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed before new growth begins in early spring. Blooms on previous year's growth; prune to shape immediately 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 or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.