Arnold Dwarf Forsythia

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Profuse blooms on a dwarf Forsythia, the Arnold Dwarf Forsythia (Forsythia 'Arnold Dwarf') is an excellent low-growing, but wide-spreading groundcover type ornamental flowering shrub. It flowers profusely in the very early spring before the leaves appear! Creating carpets of gold long-petalled delight!

The lance-shaped dark green summer foliage develops a bronze-green fall color. Arnold is a smaller size Forsythia that provides both late winter color in the landscape and cut branches for indoor bloom when flowers are scarce.

Arnold Forsythia handles USDA growing zones 4 to 8 heat and chill and are fast-growing, spreading groundcover ornamentals. Reaching 3-4 feet in height but spreading 7 feet in width. These plants are highly adaptable to about anything your climate can throw at them.

Planting and Application:

Forsythia like these makes excellent erosion control and slows rainwater, especially on slopes and hard-to-mow hillsides! To keep it in its smallest form, simply trim it to the ground after bloom to encourage new growth and more flowers the next year! Use Arnold as a single specimen to accent around larger trees, in colorful groupings, or in long rows before foundation plantings! It keeps a low profile around the end of your driveway for a vivid welcome home without blocking your view!

A moderately fast grower, Arnold creates a desirable border, covers ground en masse to fill voids, and is an ideal facer shrub in the landscape! What makes this an excellent groundcover? Arnold Dwarf reroots as it spreads! You'll effortlessly enjoy naturalized fill and colorful colonies of gold and green! If allowed to arch to the ground, the branches will root and spread, creating tidy thickets!

Got a large pot to fill? Add an Arnold Forsythia and let it spill over the edges for a gorgeous garden or patio focal point!

  • Bright Gold Full-Sized Spring Blooms
  • Low But Wide-Growing Rooting Groundcover
  • Bright Green Leaves All Growing Season
  • Bronze Foliage in Autumn
  • Specimens, Containers, En Masse & Landscape Filler

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Flowering Forsythias are deciduous shrubs that tolerate nearly all well-drained soil types and prefer full sun for best bloom, but Dwarf Forsythia will tolerate partial shade. Apply a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Keep container plants well-hydrated, as well. Providing a good layer of mulch will help keep the root system cool and moist.

Prune right after flowering is done by either shearing down low or trimming to shape. Every 305 years, perform renewal pruning the largest, thickest canes out at ground level to keep your shrub rejuvenated and healthy. Deer don't prefer the taste. However, deer are hungry and curious. Apply repellent immediately after planting and reapply according to label directions.

  • Blooms Best in Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Highly Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Fertility Needs
  • Prune Immediately After Flowering
  • Deer Seldom Bother Them

Low and lovely, the Arnold Dwarf Forsythia will fill your landscape in vivid gold each spring and deep green spreading beauty all growing season long! Order yours at Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Arnold Dwarf Forsythia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Forsythia 'Arnold Dwarf'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 7 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Dark Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering