Common Name : Forsythia Meadowlark
Scientific Name : Forsythia X meadowlark
Zone : 3 to 8
Height : 8 to 10 feet
Width : 28 to 10 feet
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. 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.
The harbinger of spring, with prolific yellow flowers smothering the branches in early spring ahead of the leaves, the rest of the year rather unassuming; an upright cultivar with a more controlled habit than the species, one of the hardiest varieties. Meadowlark Forsythia will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
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.
The Meadowlark is a very dense shrub and it provides cover wildlife.