Genus - Forsythia

Forsythia is a genus of 11 known species. It derives it's name from the 18th century Scotish Botanist William Forsyth. Mr. Forsyth was a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society.

The most commonly available commercial forsythia are Forsythia x intermedia. These are hybrids of two species, Forsythia viridissima and Forsythia suspensa.


Forsythia cuttings can be forced to flower to bring some early spring to a dreary winter. Here is how

1. In February or March take some branch cuttings of less than 3'.

2. Put them in warm water for a few hours.

3. Make a fresh cut and change the water they are in.

4. Add a floral preservative and place them in a sunny place (high humidity would also help).

5. In a week or two your efforts should be rewarded with some beautiful yellow blooms.