Forsythia x intermedia 'Spectabilis'

Showy Border Forsythia

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune to shape right after the flowers are done in the spring. Remove oldest branches every couple of years to make room for new growth, or for a total rejuvenation cut it back to the ground.

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The ever-popular shrub that introduces spring with its golden flowers and carefree nature.

  • Showy yellow flowers in early spring
  • Fast growing
  • Tolerant of poor soils

Fantastic when growing as an informal hedge or in sunny borders.

Height: 8-10 ft
Spread: 8-10 ft
Zone: 5-8
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Showy Border Forsythia:

The arching habit of this shrub is an important feature. The key for a happy Forsythia is to grow it where it can stretch out a bit and where it can best be enjoyed as a sure sign of spring.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Spring Bloomer
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • Border or Bed
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water