Forsythia [Marée d'Or] Forsythia Marée d'Or = 'Courtasol'
[Marée d'Or] is a low, wide-spreading deciduous shrub to 90cm tall, with lance-shaped leaves opening after the profuse light yellow flowers which open in late winter and early spring
About this plant
Golden Bells, Golden Peep.
Color of leaves
1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)
2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)
- General Benefits
- Early Spring Blooms: Forsythia is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, providing a cheerful display of bright yellow flowers when most other plants are still dormant.
- Landscape Versatility: With its compact growth habit, 'Courtasol' can be used in a variety of landscape settings, including borders, foundations, and as a ground cover.
- Drought Tolerance: Once established, this plant is relatively tolerant of drought, making it suitable for xeriscaping or low-water gardens.
- Low Maintenance: Forsythia 'Courtasol' requires minimal pruning and care, making it an excellent choice for gardeners of any skill level.
- Fast Growth: The plant grows quickly, which is useful for gardeners looking to create an impact in the landscape without waiting many years for maturity.
- Deer Resistance: Forsythia is known to be resistant to deer browsing, which is an advantage in areas with high deer populations.
- Pollinator Attraction: The flowers provide an early nectar source for bees and other pollinators awakening from winter dormancy.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Forsythia 'Courtasol' can be used in early spring floral arrangements, bringing vibrant yellow flowers into homes before many other plants have bloomed.
- This compact shrub serves as a supportive habitat for birds; they may nest among the dense branches or use them as shelter.
- The plant can be used as a natural dye, where the flowers provide varying shades of yellow to fabrics or crafts.
- Forsythia 'Courtasol' is utilised in bonsai art due to its ability to be shaped and its showy early spring bloom.
- It can act as a living fence or privacy screen when planted in a row because of its dense growth habit.
- The branches of forsythia can be forced to bloom indoors during the winter months, providing a touch of spring during the colder season.
- Its rapid growth rate makes forsythia a good candidate for erosion control on slopes or banks that need quick cover.
- Forsythia branches are sometimes included in sensory gardens for children, as the flowers are non-toxic and offer a bright visual element.
- The shrub is utilized in photography and film as a signifier of spring because its bright blooms coincide with the season's start.
- Forsythia 'Courtasol' can inspire artists and designers with its springtime color palette and be a muse for various creative works.
- Feng Shui
The Forsythia is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Anticipation: Forsythia, often one of the first plants to bloom as winter ebbs, symbolizes anticipation for the coming of spring and the warmth it brings.
- Renewal: The bright yellow blooms are a sign that nature is awakening once more, representing fresh beginnings and the renewal of life.
- Joy: The vivid color of forsythia flowers is associated with happiness and a cheerful disposition, making it a symbol of joy.
- Optimism: As an early bloomer, forsythia stands for optimism and looking forward to brighter days ahead after the cold, dark winter.
Golden Bells, or Golden Forsythia, prefer moist but well-drained soil, especially when newly planted. During the first growing season, water deeply once a week, providing about 1-2 gallons of water each time to establish a robust root system. Once established, the plant is moderately drought tolerant, but it's best to maintain moist soil conditions, especially during dry spells. In hot summer climates, water every two weeks with 1-2 gallons if there has been no rainfall. Over-watering can cause root rot, so make sure the soil is not waterlogged.
Golden Bells thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. For optimal flowering and growth, place them in a spot where they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. They can handle afternoon shade, especially in regions with very intense sun.
Golden Bells are hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures, typically from about -10 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they grow best in moderate climates with temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants can survive winter cold down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit without significant damage.
Golden Bells should be pruned immediately after flowering to maintain shape and encourage vigorous growth. Pruning too late can remove the next season's flower buds. Thin out old branches and cut back about a quarter of the new growth each year. Pruning can be done annually to keep the plant looking tidy and to stimulate the growth of new flowering shoots.
The Golden Bells Forsythia prefers well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Loamy soils are best, and it tolerates a range of pH levels but prefers slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0.
Golden Bells Forsythia is typically grown outdoors and does not require frequent repotting. If grown in containers, repot every 2-3 years to refresh soil and accommodate root growth.
- Humidity & Misting
Golden Bells Forsythia is adaptable to average outdoor humidity levels and does not have specific humidity requirements for healthy growth.
- Suitable locations
Ensure bright light and room to grow.
Plant in full sun, well-draining soil.
- Life cycle
Forsythia 'Maree d'Or' begins its life cycle when a seed germinates in spring or when a stem cutting roots, usually during the warmer months. The plant enters a stage of vegetative growth, developing stems, leaves, and a root system, and can reach full size within several seasons. Each spring, it produces vibrant yellow flowers before leafing out, a phase known as blooming, which is crucial for pollination and subsequent seed production. After flowering, the plant enters a growth phase where energy is dedicated to strengthening and expanding both above and below ground. As temperatures drop in autumn, the plant transitions to a dormant phase to conserve energy, shedding leaves and slowing growth until conditions become favourable again. The plant may live for several decades, repeating this annual cycle, and over time can be propagated by division or cuttings to create new plants.
Forsythia Marée d'Or, commonly known as Golden Bells, is typically propagated through softwood cuttings. The best time to take cuttings for propagation is late spring to early summer when new growth is mature enough to be firm but still green. The process involves cutting a 4 to 6-inch (approximately 10 to 15 cm) length from a healthy branch, stripping the lower leaves, and dipping the cut end into a rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cuttings are then placed in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring that at least two nodes are buried where the leaves were removed. A high humidity environment is maintained until roots have formed, which usually takes several weeks. Once the cuttings have established a robust root system, they can be transplanted to their final location.