forsythia Oleaceae Forsythia spp.
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.