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Regarded as the harbingers of the spring season, Forsythias are fast-growing, vigorous deciduous shrubs of upright or gracefully arching habit. Blooming in late winter or early spring, before the leaves emerge, they produce brilliant yellow flowers in small clusters along their branches. The flower effect is spectacular, brightening the landscape at a time when not much else is in bloom. Their dense foliage of medium to dark green leaves sometimes turns yellow, gold, or purplish in the fall. Easy to grow and extremely adaptable, Forsythia can be used as a specimen, in a mixed border, or as a flowering hedge. Stunning in spring, Forsythia has little ornamental value in other seasons.

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Forsythia 'Happy Centennial'

A great harbinger of spring, Forsythia 'Happy Centennial' is a compact, spreading, deciduous shrub with a profusion of bright-yellow, four-petaled flowers which appear before the leaves in early to mid spring. The foliage of leathery, ovate, dark green leaves remains attractive throughout the growing season. Developed in Canada, this Forsythia cultivar is recognized for its extreme flower bud hardiness

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Forsythia ovata (Korean 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). shrub borders or as a flowering hedge.

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Forsythia suspensa (Weeping Forsythia)

Noted for its weeping habit, Forsythia suspensa (Weeping Forsythia) is a gracefully arching deciduous shrub forming a large, upright-spreading, almost fountain-like shrub. In early to mid spring, a profusion of nodding, narrowly-trumpet-shaped, brilliant yellow flowers open on the naked branches.

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Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Variety' (Border Forsythia)

Noted for its large flowers, award-winning Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Variety' (Border Forsythia) is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous shrub of stiffly upright habit, with a profusion of bright-yellow, four-petaled flowers which appear before the leaves in early to mid spring.

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Forsythia x intermedia (Border Forsythia)

Forsythia x intermedia (Border Forsythia) is a deciduous shrub forming a graceful fountain with its upright-arching to spreading branches bending to the ground.

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