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FORSYTHIA 'New Hampshire Gold'

Image of Forsythia 'New Hampshire Gold'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

FORSYTHIA 'New Hampshire Gold'

Plant Common Name

Forsythia, New Hampshire Gold Forsythia

General Description

Blooming reliably in areas that are too cold for most forsythias, this compact cultivar bears an abundance of sunny blooms very early in the gardening season. It derives from a cross between Korean forsythia and the forsythia hybrid 'Lynwood'.

The oval, serrated, medium-green leaves of this deciduous shrub are paired along upright to slightly arching stems. The leaves often assume purplish tints in fall. Masses of bright yellow flowers line the stems in late winter and early spring, before the leaves emerge. The flowers are sterile, producing no seed.

This sun-loving shrub thrives in fertile, well drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of conditions. Use it as a specimen, in mixed borders, or in groupings. Stems may be cut and brought indoors in late winter to force into flower in a vase of water.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple

  • Bark Color

    Yellow Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No