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New Hampshire Gold Forsythia

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A compact, finely branched cultivar, with golden blooms smothering the branches in early spring ahead of the leaves; fades to the background in summer, but then presents attractive burgundy-purple fall color; perfect for shrub borders

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Forsythia
Cultivar:
New Hampshire Gold
Flower Color:
gold
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
burgundy
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Goldenbells
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Form:
bell

Ornamental Features

New Hampshire Gold Forsythia is smothered in stunning gold bell-shaped flowers along the branches in early spring that fade to yellow over time before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of burgundy and in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

New Hampshire Gold Forsythia is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

New Hampshire Gold Forsythia will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

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 average home landscape 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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