Yellow, White & Pink Forsythia & Keeping It Healthy

Are you excited for spring?….there are buds everywhere and I am going out to make a long overdue early prune of my forsythia bushes to bring inside for forcing. Did you know that Forsythia comes in other colors besides just yellow? You can look at your local nursery for white and pink flowering forsythia as well. I don’t have any, but am thinking about adding some to further brighten my spring landscape.

1. Abeliophyllum distichum, 2. white forsythia, 3. Kiss me and you will see how important I am., 4. Farewell My Winter Suit, 5. Abeliophyllum distichum, 6. Abeliophyllum distichum ‘Roseum’, 7. Abeliophyllum distichum 02, 8. Abeliophyllum distichum 01, 9. Forsythia – Yellow Bells, 10. Yellow Forsythia

I have some forsythia that came with the garden (i.e. I didn’t plant it). I haven’t properly managed it in recent years and it has continued to grow out of control and needs to be rejuvenated because it doesn’t bloom as much as it should. I am planning to prune out about a third of the old branches as soon as it is done flowering as well as cutting back the height. I am hoping that if I do this again and again each spring that I will be able to encourage a healthier more floriferous stand. Have you done this? any tips?

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  1. Joseph Tychonievich on February 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    You can prune forsythia very hard right after flowering — one thing I like is to cut it back almost to the ground after flowering — this forces out lots of long, long branches which look incredibly elegant and graceful in a vase next spring!

  2. alex on February 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    thanks for posting this. i love the concept of forsythia, but always hated the bright yellow against a dull brown and grey landscape of early spring. never sat right with me. knowing now that i could mix in some pink, makes the yellow just a bit more tolerable.

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