Also Known as- White forsythia
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 3 to 5 ft.
Span- 3 to 4 ft.
Coloring- White, often with a pink tinge
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to
part shade. Prefers full sun but tolerates light shade. Tolerates some
drought but not wet conditions. Prune immediately after bloom because
flower buds for the following year will form on the current year”s
growth. Needs periodic pruning (at least every 3-4 years) to control and
maintain attractive shape.
This round, deciduous shrub with a multi-stemmed habit is commonly called
white forsythia. It is a rapid grower which will produce arching branches
up to 5” tall and 4” wide. It is grown primarily for its very
early, often profuse, spring bloom which consists of dense axillary clusters
of white (often with a pink tinge), 4-petaled, slightly fragrant flowers
which open from purple buds in late March and cover the naked stems before
the leaves unfold. Bloom slightly precedes related true forsythias. After
bloom, the moderate green foliage is generally unremarkable and produces
little if any fall color.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Best grown in groups where spring bloom can be appreciated, but not in
a prominent location since the shrub has little specimen value during
the post-bloom growing season. Does well in a shrub border and can be
an effective complement to yellow forsythia.