Forsythia 'Northern Gold'
An old traditional favorite!! Long thought of as the official harbinger of spring. Bright yellow flowers in early spring is followed by a handsome display of nice dark green foliage. Leaves are about 2" long and serrated at the edges. Very fast growth rate - during the spring, the branches almost have the appearance of yellow wands as they are literally covered in blooms. A very good performer that loves full sun, average soil, and adequate moisture. Best used as group plantings, along fence rows, along banks, etc. This is an old, reliable favorite that was first introduced back in 1935 - and will probably be around for generations to come!!
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
6 - 8 ft ( can be trimmed to shorter heights )
--Mature Width :
5 - 6 ft ( can be trimmed to other widths )
--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 8" - 14" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone
finder below )
--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - much more tolerant of shade than most Forsythia varieties.
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist & fertile - mulching recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen Broadleaf - leaves are nice & dark green with heavily serrated edges. Leaves are a lighter lime green, almost chartreuse color when new, and darken as they mature.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - bright
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 :
3 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.