Forsythia



Forsythia is a genus of flowering plant in family Oleaceae, comprising about 11 species. One species is native to southeastern Europe and the rest native to southeastern Asia. Forsythia is named after William Forsyth (1737 -1804), a Scottish botanist.

Forsythias are deciduous shrubs growing to a height of 1-3 m, with rough grey-brown bark. The bright yellow flowers are borne in spring before the leaves appear. Forsythia is a popular early spring flowering shrubs in gardens and parks. They are also useful as hedging and in mixed border.

Forsythia species are food plant for larvae of Brown Tail and The Gothic from Lepidoptera (Butterflies and moths) species.

Plant Forsythia in sun or partial shade, in moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Propagation of the plant is by greenwood cuttings in late spring; or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Disease which is known to attack Forsythia is Honey fungus.

Forsythia viridissimaForsythia viridissima
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Forsythia x intermediaForsythia x intermedia
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Forsythia sp. fioritaForsythia sp. fiorita
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Forsythia bushForsythia bush
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