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Forsythia x intermedia
Forsythia x intermedia

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Zones A2, A3, 2B, 3-8, 10, 11, 14-16, 18, 19
Full Sun
Regular Water

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Beatrix Farrand’

Deciduous, Shrubs, Flowers


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.

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