Forsythia 'Happy Centennial'
Dwarf Forsythia
 
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Family: Olive Family (Oleaceae)
Native Habitat: Hybrid of garden origin

General Forsythia Information:
The deep-yellow flowers of Forsythia signify that spring is finally here. This cheerful shrub is adaptable and easy to grow. The various species of Forsythia are native to Europe and Eastern Asia. It is one of those rare genus of plants that is most often referred to by it's Latin name, Forsythia, but in some areas is also known as Golden Bells. The bright-yellow, four-petaled flowers open before the the leaves emerge in the spring. Please don't prune your Forsythias. They look their best when allowed to form their natural, graceful, arching shape.

The traditional varieties of Forsythia are fine plants, but really offer only one short period of interest: when they are in glorious bloom in early spring. The rest of the year they are fairly boring, large, green shrubs. Because they are such a carefree plant and are one of our most well known harbingers of spring, their flowers alone are enough to recommend them for any garden. Fortunately, there are other varieties that offer more than just flowers and those are the ones that you'll find being grown at Lakeland Nursery.

This Variety:
'Happy Centennial' is a heavy-blooming, dwarf selection that was introduced in 1987. It was developed at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is notable for its extreme flower bud hardiness (to approximately -30F) and outstanding form. An exceptional selection for smaller gardens, it will bloom heavily after even severe winters when many other Forsythia selections would be without flowers. Oddly, it has been slow to gain popularity in the U.S. and is rarely offered in the trade.

Ornamental Characteristics: Dwarf selection that will bloom heavily after even severe winters.
Habit & Growth Rate: Slow growing, compact, deciduous shrub to 3 ft. high and 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border. Mixed border. Foundation plantings. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8
Culture: Easy. Full sun to light shade. Average garden soils.