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Campus Gardens

Forsythia sp.
Forsythia
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


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