Forsythia

One of the first signs of spring is the vibrant yellow Forsythia in bloom. This shrub grows easily from cuttings or simply by covering a branch with soil. Full sun and good soil are needed to get the shurb established but it will grow in poor soils with good drainage. Forsythias can be very large shrubs when they're full grown. Choose your variety carefully to fit your circumstances, since nothing is sadder than a forsythia pruned into a misshapen mound. Good care of forsythia also requires that forsythia bushes should be pruned yearly. Without pruning, these fast growing shrubs can quickly get over grown.

Good cultivars for small spaces include Arnold Gold and Courtasol (also sold as Gold Tide), both of which seldom reach over 3 feet tall, and Fiesta, a 3- to 4-foot specimen with variegated foliage.

Forsythia is a deciduous shrub that is native to China, Korea, and Europe.

When pruning mature forsythias, it's best to remove one-fourth to one-third of the oldest (largest) stems at ground level every other year. New shoots will emerge from the ground and bloom in following years. Old, neglected forsythias can be rejuvenated by pruning them back to within 3 to 4 inches of the ground in late winter or early spring. The rejuvenated shrubs will grow back quickly and should begin blooming again in 1 or 2 years.


Season of Bloom
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Height
Can get very large up to 12 feet tall. Look for a dwarf variety if you want a smaller shrub.
Hardiness USDA
USDA Zone 5a: (-20 °F)
USDA Zone 5b: (-15 °F)
USDA Zone 6a: to (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: (25 °F)
Flower Color
Yellow
Exposure
Full Sun
Propagation
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings