Border Forsythia
Forsythia x intermedia 'Fiesta'

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: Fiesta

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Variegated

Chartreuse/Yellow

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Peoria, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 26, 2013, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar has attractive chartreuse-centered leaves with darker green edges---this gives it season-long interest in combination with other plants in a border. (Try it with purple-leaved cultivars of shrubs like Weigela, Cotinus, or Physocarpus.) Foliage color is most intense in the spring.

It's also usually described as a dwarf, and though I've seen it get to 7 feet tall if left unpruned for many years, it is easier than most forsythias to keep to manageable size with a hard pruning every few years, shortly after it blooms.

The internode length is shorter than with most forsythias. That may be why it's slower growing.

USPP7523 P has expired.

Neutral

On May 20, 2011, micheflowers from Peoria, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is the third year for my plant. It has grown rather slowly but it finally seems to be taking off. I noticed here it says mild variegation but my is brightly variegated. Definitely creates a bright spot in the garden.