Forsythia x Intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'
Lynwood Gold Forsythia is a deciduous hybrid shrub that starts with golden yellow blooms in very early spring that fade to medium to dark-green leaves. One distinguishing feature of Lynwood Gold is their late winter-early spring bloom. The whole shrub produces an abundance of buttery yellow blooms!
Leaves are 3" - 5" long, nice medium green color, and toothed margins around the edges.....especially towards the tips. Foliage remains nice & green all season, and takes on a yellow color in fall - can display some purplish color as well.
We generally recommend a yearly pruning of any Forsythia variety right after blooming has ended in spring. This yearly pruning will help keep a nice, tidy shape to the shrub, encourage good, dense branching habit, and will not affect the amount of blooms for the following spring. Pruning or trimming in summer, or later, will result in the removal of most flower buds & maximize newer wood that will be used for flowering the next spring.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height : 6 - 9 ft --Mature Width : 6 - 9 ft
--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 2 - 4 feet avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone
finder below )
--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade
--Soil Preference : Slightly moist & fertile - well drained soil. Will readily adapt to many different soil types - very adaptable.
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous Broadleaf - leaves are nice & dark green with heavily serrated edges. Leaves remain green all through the summer, turning a yellow color in fall.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - bright buttery
yellow tassel-like flowers appear at the very first sign of spring.
Oftentimes Forsythia is the absolute first species in the landscape to
"wake up" from winter dormancy. Flowers generally last for at least 2-4
--Diseases / Insects :
serious problems, but the following have been noted to occur with
Forsythia on rare occasions: Crown gall, leaf spot, Japanese weevil,
northern root-knot nematode, and spider mites.
--Recommended Spacing : 4 - 6 ft. apart recommended for typical hedge planting
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.