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Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Forsythia (for-SITH-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Northern Gold

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


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:
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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

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive leisure500 On Jul 13, 2009, leisure500 from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I grow Northern Gold in the front yard rather than another cultivar because of its relatively neat growth habit (for a forsythia). Its bloom is a little less spectacular than, say, Lynnwood Gold, but it makes a neater shrub. I do have to trim it once per year to keep it in bounds, but no more than that.

Positive swmbo64 On May 11, 2009, swmbo64 from Franklin, WI wrote:

Planted last August. In a partly sunny location, getting dappled shade in the afternoon. Well drained location but fairly heavy clay soil. Flowered this Spring, but only on lower half. Foliage coming in nicely. So far, have not had to trim.

Negative mbhoakct76 On Mar 21, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

very fast growing and needs alot of pruning. This bush becomes a mess as it grows out of control very quickly and isnt good as a peice of landscaping, or anywhere near a garden area.
Its best used maybe on the outskirts of your yard to provide a block from neighbors and create alittle privacy, as long as you dont mind trimming it up regularly- i found it needed 4 to 6 good clippings every season and if i missed just one trim - well it soon looked like a bunch of overgrown weeds. I ended up spending a week ripping its very extensive root system out.
I had the weeping version in a home i used to have, and that was alittle easier to control.


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

Winsted, Connecticut
Troy, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
South Amana, Iowa
Jay, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Franklin, Wisconsin

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