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One of the very first shrubs to flower in late winter or early spring, the Lynwood Gold Forsythia bursts into glorious yellow bloom before any leaves are seen, and often while snow still lies in patches in the shade. This valuable plant is a medium-sized shrub growing to 6 to 9 feet tall and across. It is extremely tough, growing in clay soils, or any other soil and resisting harsh growing conditions such as are found in many cities. When planting a garden some shrubs are indispensable because they are both easy to grow and spectacular in flower – this plant is a definite must-have in every garden.
The Lynwood Gold Forsythia makes a beautiful addition to your garden and it also makes an excellent flowering hedge, forming a dense screen that is covered in bloom every spring, before becoming a rich-green barrier for complete privacy. For a beautiful forsythia that will flower perfectly in zone 5, see our Show Off Forsythia shrub.
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.
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.
Forsythia grows into a rounded shrub with many branches, eventually reaching 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. Just dig a hole or a trench twice the width of the pot. Place your plants in the hole or line them up in your trench, replace most of the soil and firm it well down. Then water thoroughly and replace the rest of the soil after the water drains away. 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.
There are several kinds of Forsythia, but we are bringing you the best one for tough growth and a profusion of flowers. This is Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood Gold’. This plant is a particular form of a plant that occurred naturally in a botanic garden in Germany when two species of Forsythia from different parts of China were growing near each other and produced a hybrid from natural seed.
This plant was sent to the famous Arnold Arboretum near Boston, Massachusetts in 1889. ‘Lynwood Gold’ was found in Ireland in 1935 when part of one of these plants changed into a better form, with larger, richer flowers and stronger, hardier growth. It rapidly became a favorite with gardeners all over the world and now you can grow this wonderful plant in your garden.
This Forsythia is a special plant and only the exact plant will have the flowers and toughness you need. So it must be produced directly from plants absolutely known to be right. Our shrubs are grown the correct way, from branch cuttings of these special plants. That way every tree is identical to the original so they will produce a very uniform effect, which is especially important when planted in a row. However, these take longer to produce, so avoid cheaper trees that will only be a disappointment.
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. We are constantly renewing our stock to ensure that our customers always receive fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now. Be sure to check out other varieties that we stock, like the Show Off Forsythia or the Golden Bells Forsythia.
The best time to plant Lynwood Gold Forsythia is in the early spring or fall. This allows the plant to establish its root system in moderate temperatures before the heat of summer or the cold of winter. However, given its hardiness and adaptability, it can technically be planted at any time of the year as long as you can provide it with adequate water and care.
Yes, Lynwood Gold Forsythia can be grown in a pot, but keep in mind that it is a large shrub that can reach up to 9 feet in height and width. Therefore, it will need a large pot and regular pruning to keep it at a manageable size. Also, potted plants generally require more frequent watering and feeding than those grown in the ground.
Once established, Lynwood Gold Forsythia is quite drought-tolerant and generally requires little watering. However, during the first year after planting, it should be watered regularly to ensure a strong root system. After that, you only need to water it during periods of extreme drought. Always remember that it’s better to water deeply and less frequently, as this encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia is not particularly fussy about soil fertility and can thrive in almost any soil. However, for optimal growth and flowering, you can feed it with a balanced slow-release fertilizer in early spring before the new growth starts. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers as they can promote leafy growth at the expense of flowers.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia can be easily propagated by taking softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer. Choose a healthy, vigorous branch and cut a 4-6 inch piece. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot filled with a mix of sand and peat moss. Keep the cutting moist and in a shaded location until roots develop, then it can be transplanted to its permanent location.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia is a very hardy plant and is generally resistant to most common garden pests and diseases. However, it can occasionally be affected by aphids, scale insects, or twig blight. Regular inspection of your plant and early intervention can prevent these issues from becoming serious. If you notice any signs of pests or disease, consult with a local nursery or extension service for treatment recommendations.
Yes, Lynwood Gold Forsythia can tolerate partial shade, but for the best flowering, it should be planted in a location that receives full sun. If planted in too much shade, it may grow well but produce fewer flowers. Also, keep in mind that it needs some cold in winter to grow successfully, so it’s not suitable for tropical climates.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia is a versatile plant that can be used in many ways in your landscape design. Its vibrant yellow flowers make it a great choice for a focal point in your garden. It can also be used as a background plant for your summer flowering shrubs. Because of its size and dense growth, it makes an excellent privacy screen or hedge. It can also be planted in groups or as a specimen plant in a lawn.
With proper care, Lynwood Gold Forsythia can live for many years. Its exact lifespan can vary depending on the growing conditions and care it receives, but it’s not uncommon for it to live for several decades. Regular pruning can help keep the plant healthy and vigorous, and it can even rejuvenate older plants.
There could be several reasons why your Lynwood Gold Forsythia isn’t blooming. It needs a period of cold in winter to trigger blooming, so if the winter has been unusually warm, this could be the cause. It also needs plenty of sunlight to bloom well, so if it’s planted in too much shade, this could be affecting its blooming. Finally, if you’ve been pruning it at the wrong time (after the buds have set), you could be inadvertently removing the flower buds. Forsythia should be pruned immediately after flowering to ensure that you don’t remove the next year’s flowers.