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Apr 1, 2017 4:27 PM CST
I need a privacy hedge on the side of my driveway. I live in northern Illinois and the forsythia is now in bloom . Trees have not leafed out. It is March/April. My spot gets full sun without the leafed out trees and partial, mottled sun to shade throughout the summer. I am unsure if forsythia will work or if I should try something else. Is spring or fall better for planting forsythia?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Apr 1, 2017 5:59 PM CST
I am not sure how much sun Forsythia needs. However it does lose its leaves in winter and might not be the best choice for privacy.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Apr 2, 2017 2:19 AM CST
I have a hedge of them in total shade with no problem. Don't know if it is the best time but I cut the limbs from my bush and push the stems in the ground in the Spring when they finish blooming. I have bushes all over the property from clippings
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Apr 2, 2017 6:49 AM CST
They should grow, but as pointed out, not a great choice for a privacy hedge. They tend to grow wide, 6 or 8 feet, do you have room for them to be that wide? If not, they will need a lot of pruning every year to make a 'hedge.' All the pruning interferes with bloom, and the early yellow bloom is about the only special feature on forsythia.

I think you would be well to consider something else. Ask advice from a nursery, not the big box. or

Spring and fall both are probably fine for planting a hedge.
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Apr 2, 2017 8:44 PM CST
Thank you everyone. I appreciate your thoughts. :
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Apr 2, 2017 11:41 PM CST
When I first moved here 30 years ago, I planted a property borderline of forsythias. Bad decision! I have been fighting them ever since. They spread yearly and relentlessly. They are evil around flowerbeds. I can never kill all of them.

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