Forsythia is a native flowering shrub that does well in a variety of settings. It's fast growth tight branch structure make it a good option for 3 season hedges, and mass plantings. Birds appreciate the dense hedge-like growth of forsythia for the cover it provides. Each spring forsythia provides a show of bright yellow blooms that smother the plant and signify the beginning of spring. It is very easy to grow and tolerant of many soil conditions. It grows 8 to 10 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide and can be used as a stand alone accent plant, or get multiple plants to make beautiful borders or hedge rows.
|Bloom Color:||Bright yellow and gold|
|Bloom Period:||Early spring|
|Fall Color:||Yellow, maroon and orange|
|Genus & Species:||Forsythia x intermedia|
|Mature Height:||6 to 10 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||6 to 8 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable, but prefers moist, but well draining soil that is rich in organic matter|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun, partial sun|
|Zone:||5 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Forsythia
Forsythia is easily grown is loose, medium moisture soil that is well drained. It grows well in full sun all the way to part shade making it useful for a variety of settings. You see best flower production in full sun and part sun, but will still bloom in part shade. It will tolerate poor quality soils, so good soil is not a requirement it just helps with growth and productivity. The shrub is hearty in zones 5-8, but in zone 5a it can struggle to flower, especially if left exposed as the harsh winter temperatures freeze the unopened flowers. Winter temperatures of -5 or less will affect flower buds. The shrub can develop an unkept look, so regular pruning is suggested immediately following your spring flowering (any pruning after mid-July will remove flowers for the following spring). Many options exist for pruning - we prefer cutting back 1/4 to 1/3 of the main stems leaving 2 of every 3 branches and then shaping the plant to the desired size and shape. Forsythia has good tolerance of urban conditions.
New-blooms plants all came in great quality! In addition, the management takes extra time to communicate with me, this is very unusual service for web purchasing.
In January, I ordered two forsythia shrubs from "New-Bloom." Since 1995 I have ordered plants, trees and shrubs online from a variety a vendors and this purchase, from NewBloom was the best online experience ever. After placing my order I was contacted via email from the vendor. They wanted to give me the option to wait until spring (safest planting time) to ship or if I would rather receive my shipment right away (in January). Being a seasoned gardener I chose to have it shipped right away. As promised, my order arrived very quickly with detailed instructions, both on how to care for my plants if I decided to postpone planting and instructions for immediate planting. The shrubs were packaged perfectly; Wrapped in paper and covered in a plastic to prevent moisture loss, and packed in shredded paper and set stationary in the shipping box.
The shrubs were large (approximately 4 feet), well branched and very healthy with a strong root system.
They settled well and in very late winter I enjoyed a vibrant show of lush, golden blossoms the length of the 4 foot stems! This exceeded my expectations by far for a first year bloom. Also, the vendor emailed me again after shipment to see if I had any questions; What wonderful, personal service from a company who truly takes pride in their high quality products!
I should add that I have another forsythia bush that I purchased locally, two or three years ago, 1 gallon size, and I have yet to see that one bloom!...
Exceptional product, personal service, great value - New Bloom is my new, online garden "go-to."