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Forsythia x intermedia
Forsythia x intermedia

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Zone
Zones A2, A3, 2B, 3-11, 14-16, 18, 19, 30-41
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Forsythia x intermedia

Oleaceae
Deciduous, Ground covers, Shrubs

FORSYTHIA

Native to China and Korea. From late winter to early spring, these fountain-shaped shrubs’ bare branches are covered with 3/4–1 1/2-in. yellow flowers; budded branches can be forced for indoor bloom. During the rest of the growing season, medium green, rounded leaves with pointed tips blend well with other background shrubs. Use as a screen, espalier, or bank cover; or plant in a shrub border. Tolerate most soils. Prune after bloom by cutting to the ground a third of the branches that have flowered; also remove the oldest branches and weak or dead wood. In coldest-winter climates, flower buds may be destroyed by temperatures of 15° to 20°F/26° to 29°C.

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Show Off’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Forsythia x intermedia ‘Show Off’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Forsythia x intermedia

This group of hybrids between parents F. suspensa and F. viridissima includes several varieties whose sizes range from 2 ft. to 10 ft. tall.

‘Beatrix Farrand’

Grows upright to 10 ft. tall, 7 ft. wide. Branches are thickly set with deep yellow flowers marked with orange.

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Gold Tide’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Forsythia x intermedia ‘Gold Tide’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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‘Gold Tide’

This hybrid grows to 20 in. high and 4 ft. wide, with profuse yellow blooms.

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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‘Lynwood’ (‘Lynwood Gold’)

Grows stiffly upright to 7 ft. with a 4–6-ft. spread. Profuse tawny yellow blooms survive spring storms.

‘Magical Gold’

Upright grower to 4–5 ft. tall and wide. Deep golden yellow blooms clothe stems densely from the base to the tip. Good cut flower.

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