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Forsythia Genus

Golden bell

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Forsythia genus (Golden bell). This genus consists of deciduous, spring flowering shrubs which are grown for their usually profuse yellow flowers which will open before the leaves emerge.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Forsythia

Origin

E. Asia and S.E.Europe

Interest and use

Grown for their usually profuse, yellow flowers which open before the leaves emerge.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will prefer full sun and fertile, well drained soil. Thin out old shoots and trim hedges immediately after flowering.

Propagation

You can propagate by softwood or greenwood cuttings in the summer or by hardwood cuttings in the autumn or winter. You can also take soft pith or hollow stem-cuttings with wax.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to honey fungus and forsythia gall. Birds may eat flower buds.

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