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Bronx Forsythia

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A popular low mounded shrub, commonly used as a groundcover; features showy soft yellow flowers in early spring along the leafless branches, compact habit of growth the rest of the year; good for mass plantings

Characteristics

Species:
viridissima
Other Species Names:
Greenstem Forsythia
Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Forsythia
Cultivar:
Bronxensis
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
lemon
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
lime green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Bronx Forsythia features showy lemon yellow bell-shaped flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has lime green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Bronx Forsythia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Bronx Forsythia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Bronx Forsythia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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