General Plant Information (Edit)
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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Common names
  • Forsythia

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Location: Riverhead, NY
Date: 2015-03-28
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: March 17,  2022
Forsythia #27 nn; LHB p. 800, 166-7 —?, "Named for William Fors
Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Southern Pines, NC
Date: March 4, 2024
Forsythia #27 nn; LHB p. 800, 166-7 —?, named for William Forsy
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-03-03
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-03-03
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: March 17,  2022
Forsythia #27 nn; LHB p. 800, 166-7-?, "Named for William Forsyth
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2019-03-24
1st bloom 4 years after planting...
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-03-21
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2009-07-12
Location: Southern Pines, NC
Date: 1980's
This painting of Forsythia is by my mother, Patricia McKimmon Tuc
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-04-17
Forsythia in a spring snowstorm, 4/17/20
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2014-03-20
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2019-03-30
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-12-09
Young plant from rooted cutting
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2020-03-29
It's that joyous time of year!
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2020-03-29
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2020-03-29
💛💛💛
Uploaded by Paul2032
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my garden
Date: 2017-12-09
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-03-30
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-03-03

Date: 2022-03-17
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-04-13
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-04-01
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Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-10-25
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-12-21
Location: my garden, zone 7a
Date: 2012-03-19
This came from a branch I cut in the Fall from a medium sized shr
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2007-12-24
poorly sheared Border Forsythia in winter
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-03-17
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2017-10-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-10-31
Fall leaves
Location: My yard, Yucca Valley,Ca
Date: 2016-03-17
Eye Catching Forsythia !
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-04-13
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2010-04-07
Uploaded by Paul2032
Uploaded by Paul2032
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-03-19
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-01
Location: Manalapan, central NJ, Zone 7A
Date: 2019-04-15
Magnificent Forsythia in all of its Spring glory
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2008-11-01
poorly sheared Border Forsythia
Location: Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-04-27
Border Forsythia pruned some to be upright
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-02-14
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-06-03
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2017-10-04
First time ever seeing it flower in fall.
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-10-31
fall colors
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-10-31
fall colors

Date: 2017-04-02
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-11
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-11
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-04-07
Yellow springtime explosion of color
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-04-07
Blooming Forsythia is a sure sign of spring!
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-10-31
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-01
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-01
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-06-03
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  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 30, 2013 4:30 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 24, 2014 5:21 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Dec 12, 2018 6:25 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 13, 2018 5:14 PM concerning plant:
    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.
Plant Events from our members
SCButtercup On March 19, 2016 Bloomed
AndreA33 On March 18, 2016 Bloomed
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KG_Coastal_NewEnglan On April 8, 2017 Bloomed
This plant was the only existing plant in the yard when we bought the house. There are five forsythia placed along the side of the front yard at the property border. We have installed a french drain with an pebble filled outlet that runs along the length of the five forsythias.
WebTucker On March 17, 2022 Bloomed
antsinmypants On May 25, 2024 Transplanted
Under the Crabapple tree.
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