Forsythia 'Gold Tide'

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 2.5 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 11, 2019 2:24 PM

This dwarf cultivar is relatively new to the market. I just heard of it last year from a landscape architect. It looks way better than either the old 'Bronx' or 'Arnold Dwarf' Forsythias that have been used like high groundcovers. It profusely bears its light yellow flowers in early spring. Its origin was in France when a seedling was selected from seed that came from 'Spring Glory' Border Forsythias irradiated with gamma rays. It was originally called 'Courtasol.' It is recommended that the long shoots that stick up above most of the shrub be removed. The flower buds can be damaged by strong winters in Zone 5.

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