Northern Gold Forsythia

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Showy golden yellow blooms that withstand cold climates! The Northern Gold Forsythia (Forsythia 'Northern Gold') is an upright-growing flowering shrub that produces showy golden yellow flowers in early spring with spectacular flower color and bud hardiness. Bring on the unexpected spring freezes without worrying you'll miss out on a moment of the gilded display!

Northern Gold's beautiful dark green summer foliage creates an outstanding plant that is reliably hardy in the North. So you in the northern zones can now have these harbingers of spring grace your landscapes! The first pollinators that emerge will be grateful for the golden buffet of nectar.

Force the blooms indoors, weeks before you see them outside on your shrub by snipping a few stems in the winter and keeping them in a vase of clean water. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, Northern Gold can grow 6-8 feet in height and 5-7 feet in width at maturity! Deer seldom bother these flowering ornamentals and they're easy to grow and low-maintenance.

Planting and Application:

Northern Gold is a vibrant focal point for both front and backyard landscaping! A single specimen can be 'limbed up' to create a multi-branched tree-form specimen, or left as an oval shrub. They can be successfully used as solitary accents, in groups of three, or massed together as a tall hedge or barrier. Place them in the landscape where they will command attention with their golden flowers. Don't prune or shear them and enjoy their natural beauty as an informally kept natural hedge!

Use en masse and in gilded hedgerows that light up your property's borders and add definition beautifully. Plant 4 feet apart for a solid screen, or create naturalized rows with varying spacing and mix in some earlier and later blooming Forsythia or other flowering shrubs to extend your enjoyment! Create wildlife groupings, or vivid foundation plantings that add curb appeal!

  • Bright Golden Yellow Bell-Shaped Blooms
  • Early Spring Color Resists Spring Freezes
  • Oval Dense Form & Lush Green Leaves
  • Pollinator Friendly & Force Stems Indoors
  • Hedges, Windbreaks, Shelterbelts, Spring Specimens & Privacy

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Easy-care, Northern Gold requires full sun and lots of room to grow. Although Forsythia is drought tolerant once established, you should still provide periodic supplemental water. This is especially important during extended periods of hot, dry weather. Add a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to keep the root systems cool and moist, especially in warm winter zones.

Forsythia, like other early blooming shrubs, develop their flower buds during the summer and fall of the previous year. Learn how to prune these special plants. Shearing removes so much of the charm. Instead, employ renewal pruning by removing the largest, oldest canes at ground level right after the blooms are done. Do this every 3-5 years to keep your shrub rejuvenated and healthy. Open up the center of the plant to sunlight and air circulation.

  • Cold-Hardy in Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Soil - Flourishes in Alkaline Conditions
  • Moderate Moisture Needs & Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune After Flowering Only
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone & Tolerates Black Walnut Juglone

Enjoy a reliable spring bloom regardless of how cold your springs can be! Order the gilded Northern Gold Forsythia will become your landscape's newest beacon! Now at Nature Hills Nursery!

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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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Northern Gold Forsythia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Forsythia 'Northern Gold'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 7 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Golden Yellow
Foliage Color Dark Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering