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Show Off Starlet® Forsythia

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Show Off® Starlet Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia ‘Ninbus’)A stunning border shrub with multiple ornamental attributes; rich golden bell-shaped flowers in spring, emerald green foliage with showy yellow variegation, and a compact form; an ideal fit for blazing color in the early spring garden

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Forsythia
Species:
x intermedia
Cultivar:
Minfor6
Flower Color:
gold
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
lawn green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Border Forsythia, Goldenbells
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Form:
bell

Ornamental Features

Show Off® Starlet Forsythia is covered in stunning gold bell-shaped flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive gold-variegated emerald green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Show Off® Starlet Forsythia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. 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

Show Off® Starlet Forsythia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Show Off® Starlet 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 height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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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