To Avoid Pruning Forsythia, Try Compact ‘Arnold Dwarf’

forsythia flowersVirtues: We love Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’ for the stunning, vivid yellow tubular flowers that bloom in early spring and for its naturally compact size, which makes it a good groundcover shrub.

Common name: Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’; Arnold Dwarf Forsythia; Goldenbells; Borderline Forsythia

Botanical name: Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’

Flowers: In early spring, cheerful, yellow bursts of bell-shaped flowers bloom on leafless stems. The bloom is somewhat more sparse than that of the taller forsythias.

Foliage:  In summer, light green, serrated leaves emerge on top of long arching branches, changing into a dark yellowish-green in fall. The lengthy branches can take root if they touch the ground and thus the plant can spread.

Habit: This compact, arching groundcover grows around 3 feet tall with a 4 to 7 foot spread.

Season: Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’ looks magnificent through spring with its striking, yellow flowers followed by splendid, light green foliage in summer.

Origin: This cultivar of forsythia was created at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Mass., the result of a cross between Forsythia x intermedia and F. japonica var. saxatilis.

How to grow Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’: These fast-growing, flowering shrubs flourish in most, well-drained soils with moderate water. After flowers finish blooming, prune if desired. Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’ is most successful in full sun. USDA Zones 4-9.

How to prune forsythia

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  1. If you plant Forsythia or any other shurb in the right spot to begin with, it rarely ever needs pruned anyway. Look up what the expected mature diameter of the shrub and then give the plant that much room at least even when it is still small. If things look too ‘sparse’, plant annual flowers around the shrub until it gets bigger and fills in the spot.

    We’ve got to stop cramming big plants into small spaces.

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