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.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- 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
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil
Season of Interest:
- Early spring
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
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,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).