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Forsythia ovata (Korean Forsythia)

Korean Forsythia, Early Forsythia


Blooming earlier than most forsythias, Forsythia ovata (Korean Forsythia) is a compact, bushy, deciduous shrub with a dense, erect habit and slightly arching branches. In late winter to early spring, they boast a profusion of small pale yellow flowers, about half the size of those of Forsythia x intermedia (Border Forsythia). They open on the naked branches from flower buds noted for their excellent hardiness. The ovate, dark green leaves usually have serrate margins. Korean Forsythia is extremely adaptable, tolerating most soils. Great in mass plantings, shrub borders or as a flowering hedge.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-150 cm) and 5-7 ft. wide (150-210 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best flower production is obtained in full sun. Some drought tolerance once established.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, for foundations or hedges, in mixed borders, on banks or slopes. Great for cottage gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and fairly trouble free. Keep an eye out for leaf spot and crown gall.
  • Prune after flowering to maintain good form.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to Korea

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Forsythia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 5' – 7' (150cm – 210cm)
Spacing 60" – 84" (150cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Forsythia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 5' – 7' (150cm – 210cm)
Spacing 60" – 84" (150cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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