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PlantFiles: Border Forsythia
Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Forsythia (for-SITH-ee-a) (Info)
Species: x intermedia (in-ter-MEE-dee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Lynwood Gold

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Rickwebb On Jan 14, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is the most commonly sold cultivar east of the Mississippi. The species is a hybrid of two Chinese species, the Greenstem x the Weeping Forsythias and seems to be sterile. The flowers are borne so heavily, it seems gaudy to me. Like other Forsythia, the bark, buds, and stems are not pretty, and there is no real autumn color, except an ugly purple &yellow&brown. This hybrid is very rampant growing and quickly becomes messy in habit, full of dead twigs and much ugly twigginess. Like its Weeping parent, its stems root along the ground. The summer foliage is dark, shiny green and is alright. This cheap plant is over-valued and over-planted. I have never seen pollinators in the flowers, but maybe some bumblebees might like it. Its only wildlife value is that deer have recently learned to eat the younger foliage and twigs. It is only a one or two season plant.

Neutral Stuey On Jul 11, 2012, Stuey from State College, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is our first growing season with forsythia here in central PA. We put the plant in last Fall. It did beautifully through this first Spring, even in this poor soil undermined with the roots of big trees. But since the start of July, the leaves have been drooping. The leaves are green, feel the same to the touch, and no leaves have fallen off, but they are drooping. We have been watering it regularly, but that doesn't solve the problem. We'd hate to lose this beautiful plant. We hope someone has ideas we could try.

Positive Oberon46 On Mar 3, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

We have had this plant since 2007 and it is doing well despite my terrible timing in pruning. It would probably want to drape with some straight canes in the middle, but I hacked it up pretty badly. I had flowers in 2008 since I didn't wack it, none in 2009 since I hacked on it pretty heavily the prior summer. Didn't touch it last fall, so this coming summer, 2010, I hope to have lovely flowers like the first spring after planting, 2008. Also will let it drape now that I know that is its more natural form.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 29, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety is also available in "tree" form.


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

Fayette, Alabama
Northport, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Darien, Connecticut
Hinsdale, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Ely, Minnesota
Kasota, Minnesota
Rogersville, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri
Hooper, Nebraska
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rochester, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Ada, Oklahoma
Enid, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Chiloquin, Oregon
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Conway, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina
Cordova, Tennessee
Greenbrier, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Viola, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tremonton, Utah
Cana, Virginia
Oak Harbor, Washington

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