The forsythia shrub is one of the first to come into bloom into the spring. Their bright yellow blooms announce spring has arrived. These shrubs are easy to care for, hardy and can be used for a variety of purposes in the landscape.
Forsythia prefer a full sun area and are often used as a hedge plant. If a more wild look or a grown in hedge is the goal, leave them unpruned. If you prefer a more manicured look, we recommend pruning forsythia every year, right after they bloom. This will help them maintain a uniform shape. We recommend pruning them after bloom because forsythia bloom on the prior year's growth, the older branches. When you prune right after they are finished blooming it is easy to tell the new branches from old, therefore preventing homeowners from accidentally pruning off next year's blooms.
While the vibrant yellow blooms are a staple of all forsythia, there are slight differences between the most common varieties. Here is a sample of the varieties The Barn Nursery will have in stock this spring at the Garden Center.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia - The Lynwood Gold is the ideal hedge variety for those needing privacy or height. This forsythia will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet.
Show Off Sugar Baby Forsythia – The smallest Show Off! Grows 1.5-2.5 feet tall and wide. Blooms on old wood so prune after blooming.
Show Off Starlet Forsythia – The medium grower! Gets to be 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. Blooms on old wood so prune after blooming.
Show Off Forsythia - Show Off Forsythia will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines.
Magical Gold Forsythia – Medium grower, gets to be 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Blooms on old and new wood, with some giving a second bloom in early summer.