Winter can be a tedious experience and spring a long time coming. So a plant that will burst into glorious bloom at the first hint of spring, long before there is a single leaf on any tree, is something that should be in every garden. Forsythia is such a plant. The last snow will have hardly melted before Forsythia buds will be swelling and bursting into bloom, covering the bare twigs with glowing yellow blossoms that last for weeks.
Forsythia is also a very easy plant to grow, thriving in almost any soil, resistant to dry summers, pests, diseases and needing very little care. Once blooming has finished for the year, your Forsythia will fill out with rich green leaves and become an attractive background plant for your summer flowering shrubs and flowers.
Not only is Forsythia tough and beautiful, it will grow 2 to 4 feet a year, so it quickly makes a hedge or fills in the background for your slower growing plants. It will grow in all types of soil, in city conditions and is free of pests and diseases. It is seldom badly damaged by deer, who may take a nibble or two, but Forsythia is so fast growing that the damage will not even be noticed. It will grow in heavy clay soils, and even live under Black Walnut trees, which kill so many other plants around them.
There are several kinds of Forsythia, but we are bringing you the best one for tough growth and a profusion of flowers. This is a natural hybrid (between Forsythia suspensa and Forsythia viridissima), first seen and described around 1885 in the Göttingen Botanic Garden, Germany. From there it was distributed around the world to all climates where it would grow, and it has proved an enduring and reliable garden plant. Our plants are produced from stem pieces taken from correctly identified plants, so you can be sure you are growing the real hybrid, and not an unknown, cheaper seedling plant.
Forsythia grows into a rounded shrub with many branches, 6 to 9 feet tall and the same size across, so it is a great shrub for background planting where it will fill space and look terrific in bloom. The leaves are dark-green, smooth and about 3 inches long. The flowers are bright yellow with broad petals and are almost 2 inches long. They cover the bare branches in very early spring or late winter, as soon as the weather starts to become a little warmer and before almost anything else is blooming in your garden.
Although Forsythia grows to around 9 feet in height, it can easily be kept shorter by clipping, so it makes a beautiful hedge. Unlike many plants turned into a hedge, which produce few flowers because of the regular clipping, Forsythia actually flowers even more if it is clipped and your hedge will be a blaze of yellow every spring.
Forsythia grows easily in zones 5 to 8, so it can be grown right across America in all but the coldest and warmest areas. It needs some cold in winter to grow successfully. This is a very tough plant, which will grow in full sun or partial shade, in all kinds of soils and need no special care. It needs no water when established, except during extreme drought and will tolerate city conditions and urban pollution.
Forsythia is easy to grow and needs no special soil preparation. For a hedge space the plants 5 feet apart, or as close as 3 feet if you plan on keeping your hedge short and narrow. Clip regularly as you would any hedge. Keep the top narrower than the bottom to be sure that leaves and flowers form right to the ground.
If not grown as a hedge, prune a little after flowering by removing any very old branches, and trimming back others to keep the plant neat. During summer cut the ends off any very tall new shoots to keep your Forsythia full and compact. If it does get overgrown and too large, you can easily cut it back as much as you want, even right to the ground.
Finally, if you tire of waiting for spring, go out and cut some branches from your Forsythia. Put them in a vase of water indoors and in a few days they will burst into bloom and bring some spring to your winter.
We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we have a wide range of sizes to give you the best plant for your purpose. However we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.