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FORSYTHIA 'Northern Gold'

Image of Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

FORSYTHIA 'Northern Gold'

Plant Common Name

Forsythia, Northern Gold Forsythia

General Description

Blooming reliably in areas that are too cold for most forsythias, this upright, medium-sized shrub announces spring with an abundance of sunny flowers. Introduced in 1979 by Agriculture Canada, 'Northern Gold' derives from a 1962 cross between Forsythia ovata 'Ottawa' and F. europaea.

The oval, serrated, yellowish green leaves of this deciduous shrub are paired along erect to slightly arching branches. The leaves often assume maroon tints in autumn. The funnel-shaped, unscented, golden yellow flowers crowd the branches in late winter and early spring, before the leaves emerge. The flowers are infertile, producing no seed.

This sun-loving shrub thrives in fertile, well drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of conditions. Use it as a specimen, in mixed borders, or in groupings. Branches may be cut in late winter and brought indoors to force into flower in a vase of water.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • 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

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Yellow Green, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • 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, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No