To Site Menu | To Footer and UMD Index | To Main Content | Text-Only
University of Massachusetts DartmouthUMD IndexAsk UMDUMD Personnel DirectoryCOIN - Corsair Online INformation
Nav links: To Header | To Footer and UMD Index

Nav links: To Header | To Footer and UMD Index

Campus Gardens

Forsythia sp.
Family: Oleaceae

One of the first shrubs to bloom in spring, weeping forsythia blooms with bright golden yellow flowers all along its bare leafless branches when most plants are still in winter dormancy. The flowers consist of four petals that are spread out at right angles and the leaves which begin appear after the flowers are already open, are arranged in opposing pairs along the long, arching stems. Forsythia grows up to 10' and 15' wide. Forsythias do best in well drained soils with watering during dry spells. Forsythias can be used in mixed shrub borders, mixed hedges or as a specimen shrub so that its long arching cane like stems can be allowed to develop freely. Prune soon after blooming because the buds for next spring's flowers are produced on stems that grew the previous summer. Hardy in Zones 6 � 8.

Colleen Tobin

UMD Home

An Official UMass Dartmouth Web Page/Publication. © 2008 Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth• 285 Old Westport Road • North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
Phone: 508 999-8000 • TTY/TDD: 508 999-9250 • Contact the university

End of content. Go back to the top.