forsythia Oleaceae Forsythia
spp. Vahl symbol: FORSY
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate to oblong, coarsely serrated, 2 1/2 to 4 inches long, green above, lighter below.
Flower: Light to dark yellow, 1 to 1 1/2 inch long, bell shaped flowers, appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Dry, brown capsules, 2 cells, 1/3 inch long.
Twig: Moderate, light brown to yellow-brown, sometimes squarish, numerous lighter lenticels, pith hollow or chambered, buds small, brown, cone-shaped.
Bark: Light brown, raised lenticels, developing shallow splits.
Form: A shrub that is often shaped as a hedge; naturally develops arching stems with numerous straight root suckers.
Looks like: winter jasmine
- old fashioned weigela
- Cornelian cherry dogwood
| Additional Range Information:
Forsythia spp. is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting forsythia.
More: Fall Color
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson