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FORSYTHIA 'Meadowlark'

Image of Forsythia 'Meadowlark'

James H. Schutte

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

FORSYTHIA 'Meadowlark'

Plant Common Name

Meadowlark Forsythia

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • 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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-11' / 1.8m - 3.4m

  • Width

    6'-11' / 1.8m - 3.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • 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, Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No