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Forsythia viridissima

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

Greenstem Forsythia is a deciduous shrub in the Oleaceae family that is native to Asia. It is widely used for its early yellow flowers which provide needed relief from winter. It will grow to 10 feet tall and wide with arching stems. The plant takes well to pruning after flowering and can be cut to the ground for rejuvenation.

Plant in average garden soil in full sun for best blooming. It is tolerant of a variety of soils. Use in a shrub border, as an accent or foundation plantings.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Bronxensis’
    Low, spreading cultivar
Tags:
#deciduous#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Bronxensis’
    Low, spreading cultivar
Tags:
#deciduous#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Forsythia
    Species:
    viridissima
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South China and South Korea
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Erect
    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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a dry capsule, containing several winged seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Early spring 4-lobed yellow flowers up to 1 inch wide.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, medium to dark green leaves 2-4 inches long and tapers at both ends with teeth above the middle. Purple tinged in fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    Rough grey-brown bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Square stems with prominent lenticels
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Salt