Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest


Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Forsythia hybrids Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Forsythia
  • Related Cultivars:

    Forsythia x 'Meadowlark'
    Forsythia x 'Northern Gold'
    Forsythia x 'Sunrise'

  • Zone: 4
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Vivid yellow flowers before the leaves proclaim the beginning of spring. Cut stems are great for late winter "forcing". Is generally a plant of single season interest although the better cultivars have burgundy fall color. Hardiness (particularly the flower buds) must be considered when selecting a forsythia cultivar as it varies greatly among cultivars. The hardiest cultivars are presented here.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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