New Hampshire Gold Forsythia (Forsythia x ‘New Hampshire Gold’)
New Hampshire Gold Forsythia
The New Hampshire Gold Forsythia bushes (Forsythia x ‘New Hampshire Gold’) were developed in New Hampshire and are an excellent cold hardy selection to withstand the frosty winters and spring freezes. The best way to ensure a good flower show each spring is to plant this cold hardy cultivar, especially if you live in a particularly cold, windswept area!
New Hampshire Gold’s habit is drooping and mounded but rounded, reaching 4-5 feet in height and width. They last a long time, and can even be forced a bit earlier inside your house for a special winter treat. Just cut a long branch or two once you see the buds swelling. Place inside in a tall vase, and change the water daily. Enjoy the blooms indoors, weeks before you see them outside on your shrub.
New Hampshire Gold is an easy-to-grow deciduous shrub, noted for its colorful yellow spring flowers appearing before the foliage. The foliage is a handsome maroon fall color.
New Hampshire Gold’s height is a bit shorter than others, and is very cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, filling out quickly in gorgeous leafy green leaves with dense, multi-branched growth. Deer seldom bother these shrubs and they’re pest and disease-free!
For a bright pop of color, use New Hampshire Gold as a vivid specimen, anchor planting, and front yard focal point! Use a pinpoint flowering screen to hide the HVAC unit, soften the corner of an outbuilding, and as a vibrant backdrop to your cottage and perennial gardens! You’ll love the incredible pops of spring and fall color when included in a mixed shrub border!
These are easy to grow and low-maintenance enough for mass planting, creating drifts and erosion slowing banks to maximize their color. Create long rows and hedges, or create naturalized or formal groupings to create high-impact spring color and fall displays! Don’t prune or shear them and enjoy their natural beauty as an informally kept natural hedge!
Easy-care Forsythia requires a sunny area and well-drained soil. It’s also a very easy plant to grow and transplants well. It performs best in alkaline soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.0. Although Forsythia is drought tolerant once established, you should still provide periodic supplemental water. This is especially important during extended periods of hot, dry weather. Add a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to keep the root systems cool and moist, especially in warm winter zones.
Forsythia, like other early blooming shrubs, develop their flower buds during the summer and fall of the previous year. Learn how to prune these special plants. Shearing removes so much of the charm. Instead, employ renewal pruning by removing the largest, oldest canes at ground level right after the blooms are done. Do this every 3-5 years to keep your shrub rejuvenated and healthy. Open up the center of the plant to sunlight and air circulation.
Cold-hardy and easy to grow, the New Hampshire Gold Forsythia bush will add a golden touch to your landscape each spring!
|Common name||New Hampshire Gold Forsythia|
|Botanical name||Forsythia x 'New Hampshire Gold'|
|Height||4 - 5 ft.|
|Width||4 - 5 ft.|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||After Flowering|
|Flower color||Golden Yellow|