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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)
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollution
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Stolons and runners
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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March Plants for Honey BeesMarch Plants for Honey Bees
By Mindy03 on March 13, 2012

It's March, the month spring officially arrives according to the calendar. Mother Nature might have different plans, but plants are bursting forth with renewed growth and the cool weather plants are blooming, bringing joy to everyone. Honey bees have built up their numbers and are busy taking advantage of the bountiful supply of food.

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Location: Van Buren, MODate: 2019-03-241st bloom 4 years after planting...
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-12-09Young plant from rooted cutting
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2020-03-29It's that joyous time of year!
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2020-03-29💛💛💛
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my gardenDate: 2017-12-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-12-21
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2007-12-24poorly sheared Border Forsythia in winter
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Location: my garden, zone 7aDate: 2012-03-19This came from a branch I cut in the Fall from a medium sized shr
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2010-04-07
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-10-31Fall leaves
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2014-03-20
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-04-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-03-19
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Location: My yard, Yucca Valley,CaDate: 2016-03-17Eye Catching Forsythia !
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-11-01poorly sheared Border Forsythia
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Location: Chesterbrook, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-27Border Forsythia pruned some to be upright
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-04-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-10-31fall colors
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2014-03-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-14
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Location: Manalapan, central NJ, Zone 7ADate: 2019-04-15Magnificent Forsythia in all of its Spring glory
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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 30, 2013 4:30 PM

Rather an unkempt shrub most of the year, so I am always cutting back wayward branches, but Forsythia is worth the extra trouble. In spring, nothing can beat all of those cheery yellow blooms.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 24, 2014 5:21 AM

Beautiful shrub that needs a little shaping, and take care that you don't let branches drape over unless you want to let them root and spread. Very easy to grow from cuttings in early spring. A few twigs make a great gift idea for Easter baskets. After it blooms, I try to dress it up with a tall companion annual, such as cosmos or tall zinnias planted in front of it. You can even let morning glory vines climb over it, and this tough shrub will survive as long as you don't do that every summer.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 12, 2018 6:25 AM

Certainly one of the most well known and widely planted shrubs in the US Mid Atlantic suburbs, Forsythia is a welcome sight for a week in spring. For the rest of the year, I find it not especially attractive, more so because it is often used along property lines or in foundation beds, where it outgrows its space and is subject to acts of pruning desperation. It is a rangy sprawling thing that could possibly stand to be cut down to a foot every spring after bloom and let regrow, as you would a butterfly bush (but that is cut late winter). If you must have a forsythia, give it about 12 feet of clear width all around. I'll admit I am basing all this on decades of experience with decades old cultivars planted in the 1960s and 1970s. Maybe some new ones are better behaved, but I doubt it.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 13, 2018 5:14 PM

Depending on the botanist, there are about 7 to 13 species, with one native to southeast Europe and the rest to northeastern Asia. This genus in the Olive Family (Oleaceae) was named after William Forsyth, who was a Scottish gardener who became superintendent at the royal gardens of Kensington Palace. They are deciduous shrubs that bear the famous yellow 4-petal flowers in early spring, usually about 10 to 14 days, before the leaves emerge. The inconspicuous fruit is a two-celled, dehiscent capsule housing winged seeds. The leaves and buds are opposite on the squarish, greenish or yellowish-brown twigs, though the European species has more rounded, tan twigs. The soft-wooded stems start to branch close to the ground, making a dense bush. Professional horticulturists are not as passionate about Forsythia shrubs as is the general public because it is more of a "one season" plant noted for its yellow flowers. Otherwise, they don't have good fall colour, handsome bark, handsome buds, or a neat and clean habit. In order to look good, they need heavy pruning, not shearing, not long after they bloom to remove the dead and crossing stems, so much twigginess, and removal of ground suckers. Some species will slowly form a colony.

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