Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Forsythia blooms are harbingers of spring with masses appearing on branches usually before the leaves. 'Meadowlark' is a deciduous hybrid of early forsythia, native to Korea, and Albanian forsythia, native to Europe, and is grown for its extreme tolerance to cold. The leaves are leathery, oval-shaped with a sharply pointed tip; the margins may be smooth or toothed. The leaf color is dark green turning purple or gold in the fall. The flowers are brilliant yellow with petals attached to a tube and appear in later winter to early spring. Selection 'Meadowlark' is a large, rounded shrub.
Meadowlark forsythia excels in full sun to partially shaded locations with clay or loamy soils. Avoid areas with dry and or coarse soils. Choose locations with enough room, forsythias tend to spread out and are a little unruly; prune forsythia after flowering, the buds develop in the fall for next year’s bloom; do not shear. Plant forsythia in masses or groups for best effects. Branches may be cut and brought indoors to force into flower in a vase of water.
7 - 4
3 - 7
A2, A3, 1a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6'-11' / 1.8m - 3.4m
Early Spring, Late Winter
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Fall, Winter
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break
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