Show Off® Sugar Baby® Forsythia

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Superb Show Off® Sugar Baby® Forsythia

  • Natural Dwarf Stays Small Without Pruning
  • Incredible Flower Power for Small Space Gardens
  • Electric Yellow, Bell-Shaped Blooms
  • Extremely Early Spring Display
  • Bare Branches Absolutely Packed With Blooms
  • Great Early Nectar Resource for Beneficial Pollinators
  • Perfect Cut Flowers
  • Deep Green Foliage All Growing Season
  • Easy and Disease-Resistant
  • Great Garden Performance
  • Grows in Full Sun or Partial Shade

Some of the boldest blooms come in petite packages! Get more flowers per square inch than other Forsythia variety with the outstanding Show Off® Sugar Baby® Forsythia (Forsythia 'NIMBUS' PP# 23838).

Start the growing season off with an explosion of brilliant yellow blooms that last for weeks on end!

You may not believe your eyes when the bare, gray branches develop an incredibly lavish flowering display.

This selection is definitely not one of those huge Forsythia shrubs like your Grandpa used to have on the side of the garage! That was such a spectacular sight in spring...but took up way more room than you have right now.

Compact Show Off Sugar Baby fits nicely. It is a natural dwarf that works beautifully...even in the tightest foundation planting or side yard.

You can also grow them in chic containers on a sunny balcony! This is the darling shrub used by professional landscaping companies as a "Thriller" in amazing springtime container gardens.

These petite shrubs have an energetic, upright branch structure that looks great all year. But let's face's their spring flowers that truly gives them their well-deserved place on people's "short list" of must-haves.

This sweet little plant is completely covered from the ground to the tips of each stem with amazing sunshine-yellow flowers. It literally offers more flowers per square inch than any other Forsythia on the market today!

After a long winter you just can't wait for spring to come back with a happy punch of color. Well, Show Off Sugar Baby Forsythia is a tiny shrub with a big blast of spring color.

Buy several, so you'll have plenty of branches to use in cut flower arrangements. Even after the blooms are done, you'll like the lush dark green foliage all summer long.

Show Off Sugar Baby is certainly a show off, but it's not a diva. It will reward you with years of bright color without a lot of work.

Order yours now from our expert growers. Don't miss this spring show!

How to Use Show Off® Sugar Baby® Forsythia in the Landscape

If you love bringing blooms indoors, why not add a cute row to outline a Cutting Garden. These easy-care plants can adapt to just about any garden situation.

Because they will do well in either full sunlight or partial shade, they can brighten up the edge of woodland gardens. Pop them into place with Ferns, Hosta and spring-flowering bulbs underneath the dappled shade of ornamental flowering trees.

Use them at the edge of your Victory Garden to entice pollinators to start the season. Get a bigger harvest of annual veggies and fruit with these showy shrubs!

People love massing Forsythia on slopes for an eye-catching display in spring. Try a collection from Nature Hills, with larger varieties up top...and finishing with petite Show Off Sugar Baby near the bottom.

This top choice will fit into just about any garden space, including mixed borders. Weave a darling ribbon of color through your planting beds to welcome the new growing season each year!

Enliven your foundation plantings and mature evergreens with a bold shot of color. We recommend planting an informal drift in a mulched bed; going two and three deep in the center and a single plant on either end.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give them at least four hours of sunshine a day. The more sun, the more blooms!

This tidy selection does need to be planted in well-drained soil. Elevate your shrubs in a raised bed, or keep them in containers if you have soggy soil where you want to plant.

Protect your investment in landscape plants with a consistent schedule of water. Even application of a moderate amount of water is best for this special shrub.

Watch our planting videos following links on your order confirmation email for expert tips and tricks...or visit our Garden Blog!

You may never need to prune the miniature Show Off Sugar Baby, because it stays perfectly small. If you do need to shape, or want to rejuvenate it by removing the oldest branches...wait until after the flowers are done.

Luckily, deer seldom bother Forsythia, but don't take chances if you live in an area with deer pressure. We recommend that you apply deer repellent on the day you plant and reapply it following the directions on the label.

Don't be surprised to fall in love with Show Off Sugar Baby Forsythia. You're in great company...these plants are incredibly popular, so order yours 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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Show Off® Sugar Baby® Forsythia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Forsythia 'NIMBUS'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 18 - 30 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 30 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc -