What is the Forsythia Plant Like?
Forsythias are a famous group of shrubs that are strictly related to the olive tree. With eleven unique sub-species of forsythias, it can be difficult to discern which one would be best for a particular yard.
Before discussing the specific sub-species of the forsythia plant, one should know the essential attributes that all forsythia shrubs share. They all bloom yellow bell-shaped flowers, and their rapid rate of growth makes them an excellent choice for anyone seeking to grow their hedges quickly. Their high drought tolerance makes them extremely hardy. All forsythias prefer lots of sun exposure; if they do not receive enough sunlight, their flowers may not bloom. A little-known fact about the forsythia is that it has many medicinal uses. It is often used in many medical products including commercial anti-dandruff shampoos, acne scrubs, and anti-fungal creams. The scientific name of the forsythia plant is forsythia x intermedia. The sub-species name replaces the "x."
Due to its early blooming flowers, the Lynwood gold forsythia is often thought of by many plant lovers as the “official” harbinger of spring. It reaches a maximum height of about 11 feet and a maximum width of about 12 feet. Its standard mature height and width are about 7 and 8 feet, respectively. With a growth rate of up to fourteen inches per year, the Lynwood gold forsythia matches the growth rate of most other forsythia shrubs. Like any other forsythia, the fast growth rate of the Lynwood gold means that it will require constant trimming to maintain the desired look. Its hardy growing zones are 6-9, but it can thrive just about anywhere with the proper care.
The golden bell forsythia is one of the hardiest shrubs in the forsythia family. Its hardy growing zones are 4-9. With proper care, though, it can do well in nearly any climate zone. With a maximum height of 10 feet and a maximum width of 11 feet and average mature height and spread of 8-10 feet, its size is on par with the rest of the forsythia family. The golden bell forsythia can grow as quickly as two feet per year; this is one of the fastest growth rates in the forsythia family. To maintain a neat appearance, it requires more pruning than most other forsythias.
Since it only grows to a maximum size of about 30 inches tall and 35 inches wide, the golden peep forsythia is often referred to as the dwarf of the forsythia family. It only grows a few inches per year, so it requires less pruning than most forsythia shrubs. Its tiny size, however, makes it less suitable for most hedge arrangements. Its small size and bright golden flowers are the reasons why in gardens instead of hedges. Its hardy growing zones are 5-8.