Golden Bell Forsythia
Forsythia - Forsythia intermedia
Forsythia is a hardy, deciduous shrub, which displays beautiful, bright yellow color every spring. Forsythia is an excellent choice for those in more southern areas. Forsythia features many long, woody branches, which make for a more artistic and rambling bush than more staid examples such as boxwood or privet. However, forsythia bushes are just as effective as a lush privacy shrub. The golden bell forsythia has the botanical name Forsythia intermedia and is a medium sized that is low maintenance that does not need trimming and is fast growing, which is perfect for landscaping applications. This shrub has small to medium yellow flowers that bloom before the leaves form. These blooms last for between two to four weeks. After the flowers die off then the shrub is filled with green foliage that can make a nice border shrub in yards and outer edges of gardens. The shrub will produce more blooms when it is located in a sunny area. The shrub features long thin shiny brown branches. This is a shrub that is used for hedges, walkways, driveways, and landscaping. The flowers can be cut and put in a vase with warm water and they will last for an extended amount of time.
The golden bell forsythia was named after William Forsythia a Scottish botanist. This shrub is listed in the Victorian language of flowers as symbolizing anticipation. The flowers can be found in floral shops to add to bouquets. The forsythia flowers are edible and can be used to make teas or syrups and decorate cakes. This is also a common herb in Chinese medicine used for colds, bronchitis, and allergies.