Lynwood Gold Forsythia Forsythia × intermedia 'Lynwood Variety'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
forsythia 'Lynwood Variety'


The Lynwood Variety of forsythia is a vibrant and eye-catching flowering shrub that's renowned for its profusion of brilliant yellow blossoms. These flowers are particularly striking as they typically emerge before the foliage does in early spring, covering the branches in a bright cloak of color. Each blossom is trumpet-shaped and grouped in clusters, creating a dense and cheerful display against the still-bare branches from which they sprout. The leaves of the Lynwood Variety appear after the flowering period, offering a lush, dark green backdrop that contrasts nicely with the floral display. These leaves are oval-shaped with a slightly toothed edge, lending a fine texture to the plant. As the seasons change, the foliage can change color, adding another layer of interest to the shrub. While the flowers are the main attractant, the plant's form is also notable. It has a natural, somewhat upright and arching growth habit, which allows it to create a pleasing shape in the landscape without needing extensive pruning or care. The branches themselves are slender and may be somewhat angular, contributing to the overall visual interest of the Lynwood Variety forsythia. With its vivid blooms and attractive foliage, this plant is a popular choice for adding a splash of color to gardens, especially as an early sign of spring.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Lynwood Gold Forsythia, Lynwood Variety Forsythia, Border Forsythia

    • Common names

      Forsythia × intermedia 'Lynwood Variety'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Forsythia, including the 'Lynwood Variety', is generally considered non-toxic to humans. Therefore, ingesting parts of this plant typically does not result in poisoning or adverse symptoms. However, it is always advisable to discourage children from eating any non-food plants due to the potential for unforeseen allergies or reactions.

    • To pets

      Forsythia, also for the 'Lynwood Variety', is typically regarded as non-toxic to pets. Consuming parts of this plant is not known to cause any significant symptoms of poisoning in animals like dogs and cats. However, ingestion in large quantities might sometimes cause mild gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea. It is always prudent to keep an eye on pets and prevent them from eating large amounts of any plants, as individual reactions can vary.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      7-10 feet (2.1-3 meters)

    • Spread

      7-10 feet (2.1-3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Europe Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Spring Bloom: Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Variety' is known for its vibrant yellow flowers that bloom in early spring, providing a burst of color after the winter months.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The bright flowers serve as an early food source for bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Landscape Design: With its arching branches and bright flowers, it is commonly used in landscape designs for hedging, borders, and as a focal point in gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant is relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal care once established and is adaptable to a range of soil conditions.
    • Fast Growth: It has a fast growth rate, which can quickly fill spaces in garden designs and create privacy screens or hedges.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it has good drought tolerance, reducing the need for watering in periods of low rainfall.
    • Tolerates Urban Pollution: It can tolerate urban conditions well, including pollutants and poor soils, making it suitable for city landscapes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Forsythia branches can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, yielding a range of beautiful yellows depending on the mordant used.
    • The stems of forsythia can be hollowed out and used as organic drinking straws or for crafting purposes.
    • When forsythia is in bloom, its flowers can add a bright, edible garnish to salads and desserts.
    • The woody stems of forsythia can be fashioned into small stakes for supporting indoor plants or marking rows in a garden.
    • Forsythia plant can be used in floral arrangements, particularly as a harbinger of spring when forced to bloom early indoors.
    • With its spring display, forsythia can be used as a living seasonal barometer to indicate the arrival of spring gardening activities.
    • The dense foliage of forsythia can provide a privacy screen or windbreak when planted in a row or hedge.
    • Forsythia is sometimes used to stabilize slopes or control erosion due to its robust root system.
    • The fast-growing nature of forsythia makes it suitable for use as a quick hedge or filler plant in landscape design.
    • Cut forsythia branches can be used in children's crafts, such as magic wands or fairy garden accessories, because of their interesting shape and sturdy nature.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Forsythia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Forsythia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Anticipation: Forsythias often bloom early in spring, signaling the end of winter and the anticipation of warmer weather, making them a symbol of looking forward to something.
    • Joy: With their bright, cheerful yellow flowers, forsythias are commonly associated with happiness and the joyfulness of spring's arrival.
    • Renewal: As one of the first plants to bloom in spring, forsythias symbolize renewal and the start of a fresh cycle in nature.

After planting every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Lynwood Gold Forsythia should be watered deeply once a week, providing the soil enough moisture to encourage deep root growth. In the first growing season, it's essential to establish a good root system, so consistent watering is critical; typically, around 2 gallons per week depending on weather conditions. Once established, Lynwood Gold Forsythia is quite drought tolerant, but during prolonged dry spells, it may need additional water. Always check the soil moisture several inches down; if the soil feels dry, it's time to water again. Over-watering can be detrimental, so ensure proper drainage and do not let the plant sit in soggy soil.

  • sunLight

    Lynwood Gold Forsythia thrives best in full sun to partial shade. An ideal spot is one where it can bask in at least six hours of sunlight daily, which encourages prolific blooming. However, this plant can tolerate light shade, but flowering may be less abundant in these conditions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Lynwood Gold Forsythia is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, flourishing in zones 5-8. It can withstand winter lows down to -20°F and is generally unfazed by summer highs as long as it receives adequate water during extreme heat. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60°F to 75°F for optimal growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Lynwood Gold Forsythia is necessary to maintain its shape and encourage vigorous growth. The best time to prune is just after the plant finishes blooming in the spring, as it flowers on the previous year's growth. Remove any dead or damaged branches and thin out older stems to allow light into the center of the shrub. Typically, pruning once a year is sufficient to keep the plant healthy and well-shaped.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Lynwood Gold Forsythia thrives in well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. A balanced mix, comprising equal parts loam, peat, and perlite or sand, provides the ideal texture and nutrients. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0, for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Lynwood Gold Forsythia typically does not require frequent repotting as it is mostly grown as an outdoor shrub. However, if grown in containers, younger plants may be repotted annually while established ones can be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and ensure adequate room for root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Lynwood Gold Forsythia is not particularly humidity sensitive and can adapt to a wide range of atmospheric conditions. It will thrive in typical outside humidity levels without the need for special attention to moisture in the air.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide ample sunlight and prune after blooming for indoor Lynwood Gold Forsythia.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil; prune after spring flowering for Lynwood Gold Forsythia.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Forsythia × intermedia 'Lynwood Variety', commonly known as the Lynwood Gold Forsythia, begins its life cycle as a dormant seed, which after experiencing a period of cold stratification, will germinate under favorable spring conditions. Seedlings establish roots and foliage emerges, entering a vegetative stage characterized by rapid growth of shoots, leaves, and a developing root system. After a few years, the plant reaches maturity and enters the reproductive phase, producing vibrant yellow flowers each spring before leaf emergence. These flowers are pollinated by wind and insects, leading to the production of small fruit capsules that contain the seeds. Throughout summer and fall, the plant continues to photosynthesize and accumulate resources, preparing for winter dormancy. During winter dormancy, metabolic processes slow significantly until the cycle recommences with another flowering phase in the subsequent spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • The Forsythia × intermedia 'Lynwood Variety', commonly known as Border Forsythia, is usually propagated in late spring or early summer. The most popular method of propagation for this plant is by using softwood cuttings. This involves taking cuttings of new growth that has not yet become hard or woody. The cutting should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long, with several sets of leaves. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end of the stem is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mix of peat and perlite or a similar well-draining rooting medium. The pot is kept moist and in indirect light until roots have developed, which typically takes a few weeks. Once the cutting has rooted, it can be transplanted into soil.