Magical® Gold Forsythia
Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'
Magical® Gold Forsythia flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Border Forsythia, Goldenbells
A beautiful compact border shrub producing rich golden-yellow bell-shaped flowers in spring that completely shroud the bare branches; rich green foliage blends with other plants; an ideal selection for blazing color in the early spring garden
Magical® Gold Forsythia is covered in stunning gold bell-shaped flowers with yellow overtones along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has emerald green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth khaki (brownish-green) bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Magical® Gold Forsythia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Magical® Gold Forsythia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Magical® Gold Forsythia will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Magical® Gold Forsythia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.