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Having a Forsythia bush in your yard adds a bright punch of yellow in early spring.
Forsythias are sun loving plants that are among the first plants to flower in April and they signify that winter is almost over.
The bright yellow flowers grow right on the branches of the plant and the leaves will start growing later in spring once the flowers start to die off.
The flowers can also be used as cut flowers adding that bright yellow to your home. About February you can cut the branches and bring them inside, forcing them to flower early. They need to have a dormancy period and I have tried doing this in January but that wasn't a long enough dormancy.
Some types of these fast growing bushes can put on 8-10' of growth each season, I would not recommend pruning in the fall for loss of flowers for next spring.
If your Forsythia is to large or overgrown, or just isn't looking it's best any more, you can give it a hard pruning back to about a foot or so from the ground once it is done flowering in later spring which will give it a new rejuvenated look and will also create better flowering for next spring.
There are many different varieties to choose from. Here are a few I have around my landscape that I offer in my plant nursery.
Driving around in early spring and seeing all these bushes in full bloom with all the bright yellow flowers will brighten your day and make you think of the coming summer.
And just think about having one in your yard that you can see out your window every morning. It will start your day with a smile.
Here are a few ways to use this shrub in your landscape