Forsythia x intermedia 'Fiesta'
Variegated Forsythia

 
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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:
'Fiesta' is another of the excellent variegated forms of Forsythia that we offer. Its variegation is the reverse of that on 'Golden Times', with leaves of green margins and yellowish centers held on snazzy red stems. Its an excellent grower for a plant so heavily variegated. Originally promoted as a dwarf form, we now know it can grow up to 6 ft. tall. Often known as 'Minigold Fiesta' in the past and we have been slow to change our listing to the more common 'Fiesta'.

Ornamental Characteristics: Bright variegated foliage with green margins and yellowish centers. Typical Forsythia flowers in early spring.
Habit & Growth Rate: Upright deciduous shrub with a medium growth rate. Will grow to 5 or 6 ft. tall and wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border. Mixed border. Foundation plantings. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8.
Culture: Easy. Full sun to light shade. Average garden soils.