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) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
On May 10, 2011, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:
I dug up a forsythia from a very shady area behind the garage, and it has been in a pot for several years, surviving hot, dry summers and cold winters. I am going to plant it in the ground very soon (in a sunnier spot), although I have just today found out that it grows 8 - 10 feet tall. I see a lot of forsythia in neighborhood yards, and it doesn't look to get taller than 5 -6 feet. Anyway, it is not only a harbinger of spring, but also is a cue for pruning roses.
On Mar 15, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I dont like how out of control and hard to tame and keep manicured forsythias are. you can cut these back to almost the nub of the trunk at the groundline and they will still come back and bloom the next year. So good luck getting rid of one these if you plant one and then decide you dont like it because it got out of control. I do however like the fact that they are the ultimate symbol and representation of Spring, here in the Eastern United states. Yes, they are a great indicator, always, as soon as you see the yellow of the forsythias, you know Spring is finally here..mike.
On Oct 24, 2007, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:
I make sure there is a forsythia in the yard of every house where I live. One came with the current house. It is on the west side near the patio wall. It was so small I didn't even notice the first year or so, but now with water, it has become taller than the patio and blooms profusely each spring, just when I wonder if spring will ever come. I planted a second one on the South side of the front yard next to the gate to the back yard. It has grown very large and also blooms magnificently each year.
On Jun 20, 2007, saintartaud from Kansas City, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:
I've always loved the early yellow flowers and easy-going nature of these shrubs, but they can get overgrown very quickly and require at least a yearly pruning. Other than that, our bush needs very little maintenance.
On Sep 17, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is the old fashioned type of forsythia, found around abandoned homesteads. Many named cultivars are sold today.
I love this sturdy, free-flowering shrub. Drought tolerant, sun to part shade, insect-resistant, and carefree would all describe it's attributes.
It does spread by rooting wherever the long canes touch the ground, so occasionally I pull those out and move them or share them with friends. Some of the canes reach 15 feet in length, but can be cut back after flowering if desired. Do not prune back in late summer or fall because you will cut off next year's blossoms.
Foliage turns yellow in autumn for an added bonus.
On May 6, 2004, ZaksGarden from Winston Salem, NC wrote:
This lovely bush blooms light yellow to almost an orange color in the spring. Lovely along driveways or fencelines. We have 3 of these beautiful bushes, and they are very easy to root. Just snip a branch off and stick it in the ground and within 2 weeks its taken root. Very low maintenance, and very self-sufficient.
On Jul 17, 2003, Bricca from Sugar Grove, NC wrote:
You have to love forsythia - a gorgeous mass of early spring yellow, and bright green foliage thru the summer and fall! Can literaly become a tree. Grows great from cuttings. Wonderful in our mountains. Superb along HIGH foundations; great at property edge too! Lovely way to disguise your well or other detractions!