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Early Forsythia, Korean Forsythia, Yellowbells
Forsythia ovata

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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

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

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

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.