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Bronx Forsythia Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis'

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for-SYE-thee-uh vir-i-dis'si-ma
Description

This species is native to China.  'Bronxensis' was grown from seed at the Bronx Botanical Garden in New York in 1939.  Its 1'-2', dwarf, low growing, spreading habit can make this plant an excellent choice as a groundcover.  Growing in full sun will provide the most blooms.  Its buds are considered to be imbricate, which means that they overlap like roof tiles.  

The best time to prune is after the plant has bloomed.  Pruning will keep the plant tidy.  This plant can be rejuvenated by cutting to the ground every few years.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Although deer resistant, this plant is occasionally damaged by deer.  Diseases affecting this plant include crown gall, leaf spot, and cankers.  

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#showy flowers#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#salt spray tolerant#deer resistant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#black walnut toxicity tolerant
 
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#showy flowers#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#salt spray tolerant#deer resistant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#black walnut toxicity tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Forsythia
    Species:
    viridissima
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Layering
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Korea
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    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
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The brown capsules are sparse.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Bright yellow flowers appear in clusters along the stems.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, .7-1.7", bright green leaves. The margins are toothed above the base. Green to yellow fall color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Bark Description:
    The bark is a tan-yellow color with prominent lenticels.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    A square-stemmed, multistemmed plant.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy