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Forsythia ovata

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Forsythia (for-SITH-ee-a) (Info)
Species: ovata (oh-VAY-tuh) (Info)

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral nutsfordaylily On Apr 6, 2010, nutsfordaylily from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Forsythias are gorgeous when in bloom, but for the rest of the year they're nothing to write home about. They're great if you can leave them alone, but I don't like the gangley, rangy nature of them, so I keep mine trimmed. They root very easily. Any part of the plant that touches the ground will grow roots. I'd like to see one developed with a nice, compact habit, smaller flowers, but just as many as usual. I think everyone should have at least one forsythia if you have space.

Positive gapeachpit On Mar 1, 2003, gapeachpit from Lone Oak, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a plant which really should be left alone. It has a glorious mounding habit and will be about 5 feet high and wide and just covered in yellow blooms in spring and green foliage in the summer. Makes excellent habitat for birds to nest in. We had a border of this when I was growing up and the birds used to chase the cats out from under the bushes. Just about disease free and transplants easily.

Positive Evert On Nov 24, 2002, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

One of the hardiest Forsythias. Blooms early in the Spring, with small yellow flowers. On rough winters some of the branches may die, and on cold Springs flowerbuds might also get cold and wither.
Grows fast in the summer. Growing habit is pretty wild, so it needs to be pruned often when it gets older.

Easy to propagate from cuttings.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Northport, Alabama
Trussville, Alabama
Green Forest, Arkansas
Cumberland, Maryland
Hughesville, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Louisville, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Elsberry, Missouri
Jersey City, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Staten Island, New York
Henderson, North Carolina
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Laurens, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee

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