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Forsythia ovata ‘Northern Gold’ (Northern Gold Forsythia)

A true sign of spring shines in the blooms of the Northern Gold Forsythia. This is an upright, spreading shrub with large golden yellow blooms showing up in early April. The blooms absolutely cover the branches and arrive before the bright green foliage appears. A variety like this can grow up to 1.5-2.5 m (4-8 ft) tall and 1.5-2 m (4-6 ft) round. The Forsythia ovata ‘Northern Gold’ is a zone 3 and the hardiest of its kind. A figure like this is easy to maintain as a well-rounded form is welcome.

Find a nice sunny spot with a little room to spare to plant the ‘Northern Gold’ and your good to go. It can be used in mass plantings, for hedges, or an early spring stunner in your garden. Many people use them as a cut flower to bring the outdoors in for the unpredictable spring temperatures and long wet days spent indoors. This plant is tolerant of many soil types, urban pollution, moist or dry conditions and is generally a low maintenance variety. To maximize its blooming potential prune it shortly after it flowers to prepare it for the next spring. Treat it right and you will be enjoying it for years to come.