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Forsythia x intermedia - Zabel.

Common Name Golden Bell, Border Forsythia
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 5-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A hybrid of garden origin, F. suspensa x F. viridissima.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Forsythia x intermedia Golden Bell, Border Forsythia


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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Vase, Weeping.


Physical Characteristics

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Forsythia x intermedia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2.5 m (8ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Mar to April. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Hedge;  Hedge.

Can be grown as a tall hedge, the var. 'Lynwood' is frequently used[29]. Var. 'Spectabilis' also makes a good hedge[200] as does 'Beatrix Farrand'[188].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Erosion control, Espalier, Pest tolerant, Hedge, Massing, Screen, Specimen. An easily grown plant, it succeeds in a well drained ordinary garden soil but prefers a rich soil[1]. Succeeds in limy soils[11]. Prefers a sunny position but succeeds in semi shade[200]. Plants are tolerant of deep shade[219]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are several named varieties. Any pruning out of weak shoots, plus any trimming of hedges, is best done after the plant has flowered[188]. Birds may destroy the flower buds in cold areas[200]. This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Blooms are very showy.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates within 2 months[K]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. This is a hybrid species and seed will not come true to type. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10 - 15cm taken at a node, July/August in a frame. Plant out in autumn or spring. A very high percentage, they root within 3 weeks[78]. Cuttings of mature wood in a sheltered outdoor bed. Good percentage[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Forsythia suspensaLian Qiao, Weeping forsythia13
Forsythia viridissimaGolden Bells, Greenstem forsythia, Forsythia02

 

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Readers comment

Guy Gagnon   Tue Jul 15 2008

When growing forsythia from a green cutting what is the proper procedure? I usually cut it on a bias, pull off two rows of leaves and cover the wounds in root hormone. I have never shortened the cutting which are two to three feet long. I have only had moderate success with this approach. Any suggestions?

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