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This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Native to China and Korea. Forsythia is a beautiful, deciduous, fountain-shaped shrub with bright yellow blooms in winter and early spring. There may be some autumn yellowing of the green foliage but the principal appeal of the plant is the profuse seasonal blooms of yellow flowers develop all along the branches. Most varieties are less than ten feet tall and wide.

Plants can be pruned and trained for a variety of applications, including garden borders or screens. Forsythia will tolerate most soil conditions. The range of forsythia is for the most part limited by temperature - it grows best in areas without extreme winters or climates with little seasonal difference.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted

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