​Dwarf Forsythia

Posted by Tammy Sons on 23rd Nov 2015

The Dwarf Forsythia (‘Arnold Dwarf’) is a member of the olive family. It is named for the British botanist, William Forsyth. This is a deciduous shrub, with a dense, smooth-topped form. The Dwarf Forsythia is especially treasured for its early spring blooms, although, the flowers produced on Dwarf Forsythias are sparse, in comparison to its larger counterpart. 

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Dwarf Forsythias flower slightly later than most other varieties of forsythias. The shrub blooms from March through April, with sunny yellow flowers that look like a circle of spun gold. The bright yellow foliage of spring evolves into a bronze-purple hue in the autumn. 

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Dwarf Forsythias are easy to grow and maintain, and they usually mature at about 3 feet in height, with a spread of 4 feet. These shrubs are tough; they thrive in clay or in common garden soil and tolerate extremes of climate well. Dwarf Forsythias flourish in zones 5-9 with a medium amount of water, and appreciate being well-drained. They are very adaptable to both dry and damp venues and should do just fine under typical garden conditions.
The Forsythia grows best on a site that has full sun, but it also does well in partial shade. The shrub grows fast and usually matures at about 3 feet in height. 

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Dwarf Forsythias are not particular about soil type or pH, and they handle environmental salt quite well. This shrub grows rapidly and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Very little pruning is needed.
Dwarf Forsythias are compact, with a mounded form and multiple stems. These are low-care plants and should only be pruned after it blooming to prevent the destruction of flowers from the current season.
Shrubs are versatile garden performers. Deciduous shrubs impart the ambience of seasonal change, and due to the many choices of heights available, provide possibilities for bridging and spacing.
The Dwarf Forsythias are ideal for smaller modern environments. The bright green and yellow features add much decorative value to an early spring garden. With glossy, pointed leaves and brick red stems, Dwarf Forsythias provide excellent flowers for cutting. In addition, these shrubs make great borders for perennial plants. You can also sow dwarf forsythias as groundcover or for low fencing, and they can be used as slope covering to prevent erosion.