Forsythia x intermedia Show Off®
Forsythia x intermedia Show Off®

Forsythia x intermedia Show Off®

SKU: S62206
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Forsythia
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Mar-Apr
Mature Height: 3-6' Spacing: 3-6'
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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From France comes Forsythia x intermedia Show Off®, whose golden flowers are brighter, larger, and stacked closer along the stems from soil to tip. Another bonus is the dark green foliage. This compact variety is perfect for a tight hedge or a specimen in a border. A Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety. 'Mindor' PP 19,321

It is impossible to live in a northern climate and be unfamiliar with Forsythia. The durability, vigor, and abundant yellow flowers of this early bloomer make it one of the most popular and important ornamental plants known. Forsythia is a vigorous grower in all but damp soils (which it doesn't like), and it can get out of control if left to its own devices. But a touch of pruning, best done right after flowering to preserve the next year's buds, produces a satisfactory form for practically any location. Snip a few arching sprays for forcing in early spring, and you'll never notice the difference. Underplanted with spring-flowering bulbs, Forsythia can and should be a highlight in the spring garden. It harbors no pests. Deer resistant.

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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: for-sih'thee-uh  

The cheerful yellow blossoms covering Forsythia's bare stems are a welcome harbinger of spring, and burgundy-red fall color is another plus. A loose, arching habit suits Forsythia for informal shrub borders, hedges and banks, while the low-growing varieties are splendid ground covers. Reinforce that spring color with spring bulbs, such as Scilla or Crocus. The stems of Forsythia can be cut in late January or February and forced indoors.

Light: Full sun.

Soil: Average garden soil.

Watering: The key to getting your new shrub or tree off to a good start is moisture. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep a close eye on the plant over the following week. Then, give it a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1″ per week). Established plants can generally get by on less water, but most grow best if the soil remains evenly moist. Please note that more is not better—when in doubt, don't water.

Fertilizer: We recommend against fertilizing at planting time and during the first growing season in your garden. Plants need time to settle in before being pushed to grow. Most established plants grow best if fertilized with a light hand. Here at the Farm, we fertilize our specimen trees and shrubs just once, in early spring, with a light but even coverage of a balanced, granular fertilizer (such 5-10-10, 10-10-10, or an organic fertilizer). If a concentrated, water-soluble fertilizer is used, please follow the manufacturer's recommendations carefully.

Continuing Care: Vigorous and easy to grow. Late frosts may damage flower buds. For established plants, cut ⅕ to ⅓ of the old canes to the base after flowering to promote new growth and keep shrub in bounds. Forsythia is rarely troubled by insects or diseases.