The white-forsythia is a small shrub with a rounded to arching habit that is great for specimen planting. Its fragrant, white flowers bloom in early spring. This early bloomer is spectacular in spring, but offers very little seasonal beauty through the rest of the year. Prune after flowering to promote new stem growth and a fuller plant.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Early spring
Tree & Plant Care
3 to 5 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide.
Best in full sun in well-drained soil.
Prune every 3 to 4 years after flowering to promote new stem growth and encourage a fuller more tidier plant.
Can be cut to the ground to rejuvenate.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious diseases or pests
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Central Korea where it grows on hillsides
Bark color and texture
Young stems are light brown while older stems take on a shredded appearance.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple leaves arranged oppositely (in pairs), oval, 2 to 3 inches long, smooth edges
Green leaves in summer; no significant fall color
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
White, 4-petaled flowers in elongated clusters
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, dry, winged capsule (not ornamentally important)