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Forsythia

Forsythia

Presentation of forsythia

Belonging to the family of oleaceae and native to Asia, forsythia is a perennial type shrub composed of seven different species. It was discovered in 1804 by the British, and bears this name in homage to William Forsyth, superintendent of the kingdom's gardens.

Forsythia flower

From the first days of spring, theforsythia tree brighten up the gardens with its superb golden yellow flowers with four petals. It is a first-rate choice for all gardeners who want to quickly restore color to their little corner of greenery at the end of winter. The flowering, very important, and the aspect of the flower forsythia are indeed two of the many keys to its success. Used as an isolated shrub, forsythia can also be used in beds or hedges.

Planting and maintenance of forsythia

The forsythia should be planted at the start of autumn and in all cases outside periods of high heat or freezing. To do this, the soil must be well drained and exposure to the sun is highly recommended. Shade can be considered for its arrangement, but this will be at the expense of the intensity of flowering. This usually lasts only two months (March and April), and can be very important if the plant receives a lot of light. Like all shrubs in its class, forsythia requires significant maintenance: it must be carefully pruned as soon as the flowers wilt. It appreciates a contribution of mulch or compost when fall and spring come.

Enhancement of forsythia

As it is one of the very first shrubs to flower after winter, it is good to know how to enhance it in order to brighten up your garden. It can be planted in isolation or in a single bed, that is to say in a bed only composed of forsythias. But it is also possible to integrate it into a mixed massif, with other shrubs which will come to compose a beautiful array of colors. Finally, you can also train it against a wall by providing a suitable support.

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