After a long, cold winter, you crave color just as much as you do warmer weather. That's why people herald the electric yellow blooms of the Lynwood Gold Forsythia (Forsythia 'Lynwood') as a sure sign that spring is here again.
Yes, these are the yellow flowering plants you see around town as soon as the snows melt! Forsythias are typically one of the very first plants to bloom in spring ... and bloom they do! With larger blooms than other varieties, Lynwood Gold Forsythia is one of the showiest of all spring flowering plants!
Along with Robins and Daffodils, you'll know spring has arrived once the Lynwood Gold Forsythia begins to show sweet clusters of bell-shaped, lemon-yellow flowers. The flowers last nearly 2 weeks. The two-inch long bell-shaped golden flowers will gild your landscape.
The show is even more incredible because the bright yellow flowers appear along the entire length of each branch. They appear before the new green leaves, so you'll really notice this welcome display.
The overall shape of a natural Lynwood is very graceful. With naturally upright branches that cascade up and out into an arching shape, the growth habit of an untrimmed Lynwood Gold Forsythia is truly stunning.
In summer, you'll appreciate the dark green foliage. This is an easy-care shrub that requires little maintenance beyond pruning if you'd like to keep it smaller.
During the fall, the leaves can turn yellow with a reddish-purple tint, although this will vary from year to year. Even the bare, arching branches have visual appeal in wintertime. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, these shrubs grow 6-8 feet tall but spread wide to 8-10 feet!
This adaptable ornamental shrub can be used throughout your landscape in many different ways. Give it enough room and it will become a beautiful focal point for you! They are a natural partner for spring bulbs, including Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips. Add Peonies and Iris to extend the blooms! Partner Forsythia with Burning Bushes for a dynamic environment in both spring and fall.
Why not create a magnificent free-form by 'limbing up' these large shrubs to create a fantastic specimen? Use a single plant as a focal point in the lawn to really make an impact. Keep it untrimmed and allow the graceful branches to sweep up and out.
Or keep the lower limbs to the ground for a gorgeous flowering hedge along the length of your property or street? Everyone will thank you for the bold spring blooms!
Easily add privacy on a patio by including a few in a wide, patio planting bed. Plant them 5 feet apart on center to create a solid flowering screen. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next plant.
Use several of them along the length of a garden border. They make a wonderful backdrop for smaller plants. Increase the spacing to 10 feet apart if you want each plant to read as an individual. Create outdoor rooms with this easy-care shrub as living walls. How fun to boost your use of your backyard with a private retreat!
If you have a slope that is too steep to mess with, use Lynwood Gold in a mass planting for erosion control. Simply use a zig-zag planting pattern and plant them 5 feet apart on center.
Another wonderful feature of Forsythia is that you can force the budded branches to bloom indoors in late winter. Don't miss out on one of life's simple pleasures! It's easy and so fun to watch the blooms emerge. To force the branches, watch for the swelling buds in late winter. Cut several branches and bring them indoors. Place them in a vase with warm water to get them started. Change the water daily. In a few days, the buds open with a bright yellow flower that will bring spring into your home.
People can, and do, trim these into tidy formal hedges, and you can certainly shape it into a pretty oval or sphere shape. Another pleasing option is to allow them enough space to grow as free-form shrubs and keep their natural yet tidy shape. Give it plenty of space to reach its full height and spread. Let it grow up and out, as it will provide welcome privacy and screening.
Forsythia grows best in full sun and is adaptable to soil types, including alkaline! Select a location with any type of well-drained soil, as long as it's not saline. It performs best in alkaline soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.0. This fast-growing plant can handle some occasional drought once it's established in your soil, but you should still plan to provide periodic supplemental water. This is especially important during extended periods of hot, dry weather. Give a good layer of mulch to keep the root systems cool and moist, especially in warm winter zones.
It is a fast grower and can be pruned to any desired size. Prune after flowering in the spring. Prune the perimeters to keep the plant within bounds, if needed at that time. You can also conduct a yearly hard prune on Forsythia to maintain plants in limited space. Cut to within a foot of the ground, and you'll see abundant new growth from the crown. For older plants, a renewal pruning every 3-5 years will help invigorate the shrub! To rejuvenate your Forsythia, simply remove several of the oldest, thickest canes down to the ground.
What a visual treat after a dreary winter! Gift yourself and your community with one or more of these really special plants! If you need to punch up your springtime landscape, order this popular variety for your landscape today from Nature Hills!
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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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Forsythia 'Lynwood'|
|Mature Height||6 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||8 - 10 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Fall Color||Red, Burgundy / Purple, Purple|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|