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Forsythia ovata

Phonetic Spelling
for-SYE-thee-uh oh-VAY-tuh
Description

Forsythia ovata will flower best when planted in full sun but will do well when situated in part shade.  This variety of forsythia is winter hardy in its growing zones.  One of the first forsythias to bloom each year and its winter hardiness separates this variety from others.  It blooms on bare branches.  It is an easy keeper, adapting to a variety of soil pH and textures.  

Once it has bloomed, it blends into the background with its nondescript leaves. However, its compact, bushy form, and spreading branches make it a great choice for mass plantings, borders or hedge.   

To keep its shape, pruning can be done after flowering has been completed.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:   Leaf spot, crown gall, and dieback are some issues that affect this plant. Spider mites and aphids are insects that may be attracted.

More information on Forsythia.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Northern Gold
  • Robusta
Northern Gold, Robusta
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#deer resistant#clay soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Northern Gold
  • Robusta
Northern Gold, Robusta
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#deer resistant#clay soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Forsythia
    Species:
    ovata
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Korea
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Easy to Grow
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Patio
    Recreational Play Area
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy