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Growing Forsythia


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Botanical Name:

Forsythia

Life Cycle:

perennial shrub

Planting Time:

spring or summer

Height:

dwarf types up to 1', standard types 8' to 10'
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Exposure:

full sun to partial shade

Soil:

average to rich, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

thrives in zones 5 to 9

Bloom Time:

early spring to early summer

Flower:

yellow

Foliage:

green leaves on semi-hard woody branches

Propagation:

cuttings

Suggested Use:

shrub hedges, espaliers; good for inner city landscapes due to tolerance of poor growing conditions

Growing Hints:

Purchase plants or start with softwood cuttings from new growth in late spring or early summer, or semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer. Plants can also be propagated over winter by layering. Simply make a small cut in a pencil thick branch and secure the branch (cut side down) to a pot filled with soil while it's still attached to the mother plant. Detach and transplant in spring when roots become established. To grow hedges, space plants 4 to 6 feet apart. Regular pruning is necessary to keep plants in bounds.
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Interesting Facts:

Forsythia flowers form on the previous year's growth so cut 1/3 of the shrubs older than 4 years to within 4 inches of the ground.
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May 28, 2015

We planted a forsythia and a weeping willow this spring. 3 days ago the forsythia looked like someone had cut it. Today the willow, which was a small, 3-4ft, start and only 1/4in diameter, also looks cut off.

The cuts were 45 degree angles and really look like somebody did this, but I hate to think my neighbors would do this. The cuttings were left behind and don't appear to be chewed. Any ideas?

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May 29, 20150 found this helpful

Cutworms? See this link: www.almanac.com/.../cutworms

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