Spotlight On Forsythia

A sure sign that spring has arrived; forsythia is a profusely yellow-blooming plant with an arching habit that requires little maintenance. Forsythias make especially good screens for privacy due to their quick growth rate. Old-fashioned Forsythia can get very large with many stems; however, newer dwarf species may be more useful in home landscaping. They are usually deer and insect-free.


Forsythia prefers evenly moist, well-drained soil but can adapt to other soil types. Prune regularly, right after blooming, to keep tidy.

iScape It

Try Forsythia in your yard using iScape as a privacy screen between you and the neighbors, or anywhere that can use a punch of color in spring.

Just snap a photo of the area, or use the new Augmented Reality feature in iScape and see how it looks in your space. So simple, so easy...iScape it!

Forsythia blooms


Scientific Name: Forsythia spp.

Light: Full sun

Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub

Plant Height: 3 to 10 feet

Plant Width: 3 to 10 feet

Bloom: Bright yellow flowers in April

Landscape Uses: Screening, privacy

Special Features: Native to China and Korea, Forsythia is mostly grown for its bright yellow flowers that appear in spring. The summer leaves are green and rarely display autumn colors. Prune regularly right after blooming to keep it looking tidy.