Forsythia Show Off: Starlet and Sugar Baby

wynswrld98(z7 WA)March 6, 2013

Who has grown Forsythia Show Off 'Starlet' and 'Sugar Baby' varieties? Looking for dwarf heavy blooming Forsythia and these seem to fit the bill but are they hardy? do they bloom as well as the Proven Winners advertising states? I've also seen some conflicting info of width on the Starlet, some say 24-36", other places state 36-48".

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gardengal48

Forsythia is one of the hardiest shrubs around - absolutely no worries for a PNW zone 7. Keep your pruning shears away and any forsythia will bloom heavily - these are no exceptions. Expect to grow to the upper end size-wise and then some. Everything seems to grow at least slightly larger than typical in our climate :-)

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 5:16PM
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wynswrld98(z7 WA)

Anymore feedback on these varieties from people growing them re: size and quality/quantity of blooms?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 4:57PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

they can be kept to any size you wish thru proper rejuvenation pruning ...

nothing really stops growing at some magical size.. especially forsythia ...

plant one and come back in 5 or 10 years.. and its going to be huge... compared to the numbers you note ..

so you keep renovating such ...

ken

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 5:41PM
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wynswrld98(z7 WA)

so you have first hand knowledge that its just marketing hype that these are truly dwarf varieties?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 6:40PM
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wannabeGardnr(7 Maryland)

I would be interested in this information too. I was looking at the Sugar Baby, and it looks cute. At that size, if for real, it could be tucked in anywhere.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 11:11AM
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wannabeGardnr(7 Maryland)

Here you go, I found an older thread about the same thing. This answers the question. Yes, they are great, go for it. Also lists some other small ones.

Here is a link that might be useful: Older thread about same topic

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 11:16AM
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