Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'
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Family: Olive Family (Oleaceae)
Native Habitat: Korea

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:
One of the most uniquely variegated shrubs we grow is Forsythia 'Kumson'. Its network of leaf veins is etched with bright silver. This incredible variegation does not fade and lasts through the growing season. It also sports the familiar golden-yellow flowers that are the harbinger of spring.

Ornamental Characteristics: Typical golden-yellow Forsythia flowers in early spring. Variegated foliage with a network of silvery tracings on the leaf veins. Unusual and very distinctive. Foliage most effective when viewed at close range.
Habit & Growth Rate: Upright deciduous shrub. Medium growth rate to 4 to 5 ft. tall and 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 soil.