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Forsythia

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The golden yellow flowers of forsythia develop a very special luminosity in a still winter-like landscape. If you buy a forsythia plant, it will definitely bring an early spring to your garden! With their lavish flowers, the shrubs are ideal as solitary plants or as part of a loose, mixed hedge. But even in a planter on the balcony or terrace, these compact varieties are a great eye-catcher.

Take a look at our Lubera® range! We have compiled attractive, easy to care for forsythia varieties for you. Planted together with blue bulb flowers, these produce wonderful accents in the garden. Because forsythia copes very well with the root pressure of other plants, they can also be combined with ground cover or planted near trees. And as background planting in perennial beds, a forsythia plant ensures a lasting, beautiful structure even after flowering.

Buying Forsythia – A Sea Of Flowers in Yellow, Rose or White

Forsythias are basically suitable for any garden. Even the cold season does not a problem for forsythias. And if you prefer more delicate shades: the white or pink blooming forsythia plants show their full bloom early in the year.

Our favourites include the following varieties:

Forsythia 'Gold Rush' (Forsythia x intermedia 'Gold Rush') grows as a medium-sized shrub and lives up to its name with its particularly large, yellow blooms. It looks great as a flowering hedge plant, but also shines as a solitary shrub.

• The variety 'Weekend' (Forsythia x intermedia 'Weekend') is very floriferous for weeks and with a final height of only 1.5 metres, it is low growing. Thus, it fits very well in smaller gardens.

• The white forsythia (Abeliophyllum distichum) and pink forsythia are compact growing relatives of the Forsythia intermedia varieties and they are special flower beauties. They show their splendour very early – in mild winters, sometimes in January – and they exude a pleasant scent.

   
 
Dwarf Forsythia 'Méléee d'Or'®

Forsythia 'Méléee d'Or'®

£21.40 *

Forsythia 'Goldrausch'

Forsythia intermedia 'Goldrausch' forms numerous golden yellow flowers starting in...

£8.90 *

Forsythia 'Weekend'

Forsythia x intermedia 'Weekend' - a compact forsythia with golden yellow flowers

£16.40 *

White Forsythia

Abeliophyllum distichum - a magnificent early spring bloomer

£23.40 *

White Forsythia 'Roseum'

Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum' - pink flowers in March

£23.40 *

   
 

Worth Knowing About Forsythia

Buy forsythiaWorldwide there are about eleven different species in the genus Forsythia, which are native to East Asia in particular. Our garden forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia) are hybrids of the two species Forsythia suspensa and Forsythia viridissima. However, the white forsythia and pink forsythia belong to another plant genus called Abeliophyllum, but they are still related to Forsythia. They are native to the Korean Peninsula. All forsythia – whether yellow or white flowering – belong to the family of olive trees (Oleaceae).

The forsythias got their name in honour of the Scottish royal gardener William Forsyth (1737-1804), a founding member of the Horticultural Society of London. However, during his lifetime, the ornamental shrubs were not yet known in Europe.

Forsythias flower in the spring, before the first new leaves appear. Depending on the weather and variety, these usually appear starting around mid-March. The four petals of the bell-shaped flowers are typical and they appear on the previous year and older wood as well as on the short side branches. The new, long shoots are mostly come from the middle section of the older branches. In the course of time, dense, broom-like branches appear in the upper part, which can be avoided with targeted pruning measures (see below).

Tip: if forsythia branches are cut around the 4th of December, and placed in a vase of water, the branches will open their flowers at Christmas time.

Location

When you buy a forsythia, the plant shows its undemanding nature with regard to your choice of location. The plant thrives on heavy and loamy soils and can cope with acidic to slightly alkaline pH levels in the soil – only lasting dryness and waterlogging should be avoided. Nutrient-rich, fresh subsoil is ideal for a forsythia. A high content of humus in the soil is basically conducive to the vitality of the plant. For this reason, work on mature soil with mature compost or deciduous humus.

Forsythia develops the largest blooms in locations with full sun. In semi-shade and shade, the flowering and branching are somewhat weaker. The white forsythia is also grateful for a sheltered location.

Maintaining Forsythia

A forsythia plant requires little care. It should only be watered well if there is a long period of drought. It is best to mulch the soil around the base, e.g. with bark humus, so that the moisture is kept in the ground. Fertilisation is usually not required for forsythia plants – but on sandy and nutrient-poor soils, occasional composting is beneficial. Like its relatives, the white forsythia also requires little care.

Pruning Forsythia

When you buy a forsythia plant, you should not neglect pruning it. If the trees are not pruned, long, vigorous shoots will gradually emerge and a dense centre. The result is that the shrubs tend to get bare from below and overhang strongly laterally. This also has a negative effect on the abundance of flowers, since this only occurs in the outer area. The newer forsythia varieties from our Lubera range are significantly weaker than older varieties and therefore easier to care for.

Forsythias are basically very tolerant to pruning. Even after a stronger pruning, they form abundant flower buds on this year’s shoots. It is recommended to prune a forsythia after flowering (moderate every year and stronger every three years) with pruning shears. To do this, remove overhanging branches in the crown and cut back the old shoots with many branched branches up to a strong bud or near the ground. In addition, it is recommended to cut off about a third of the old shoots at the base every three years.

When cutting a forsythia plant, look for the natural shape – a strict hedge shape is rather inadvisable, as this would lead to problems in the lower part of the shrub in the long term.

Also, cut the white forsythia and pink forsythia after flowering and remove dense branches.

A rejuvenation cut is helpful with old, bare forsythia. This is best done in the winter before flowering. To do this, cut off the shoots a few centimetres above the ground – four or five strong shoots should be left standing. In order to make the process gentle, the new, weak shoots should not be removed until the following winter. The remaining shoots can also be cut to different heights, so that good branching occurs. In the same year, the four to five old branches remaining from the previous year should also be removed to just above the ground.

Winter Protection for Forsythia

Protection of a forsythia in winter is only necessary if it is planted quite late in the year or if the plant is kept in a container. Planted out, you can cover the soil around a young plant with a thick layer of mulch. A forsythia in a planter can be placed on a polystyrene plate and foil can be wrapped around the container.

Toxicity

When you buy a forsythia plant, you should know that it is has low toxicity. Glycosides are found in the leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers. Consumption can cause nausea, abdominal pain and possibly diarrhoea.

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