Forget Forsythia

sam_mdApril 11, 2013

I took this pic today, this shrub grows happily next to a Victorian church in my state. Note the soft, primrose yellow flowers, so much nicer than the harsh, loud yellow of forsythia. The habit is refined with a delicate, fine texture in all seasons, another bonus is the yellow foliage in the fall. Forsythia OTOH has a sloppy, haphazard habit that causes owners to shear it into cubes and balls. This shrub will never invade roadbanks and forest edges. An entire garden was devoted to this genus at the Winterthur Gardens near Wilmington. Can you name it?

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corylopsis or winter hazel, i think.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 10:37AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Yeah its Corylopsis pauciflora which I can't grow!

I believe this species has more flowers than Corylopsis spicata?

I was going to add a spicata because as you said the yellow is much more pleasing than Forsythia.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 2:00PM
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Says who ... ???

Are your eyes getting tired ... ???

This post was edited by aegis500 on Thu, Apr 11, 13 at 17:15

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 5:10PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

No, they're just burning! lol

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 10:56PM
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wannabegardnr(7 Maryland)

That's a very nice looking forsythia with nice long arching branches from the base. None in my neighborhood look so nice. The color is the same bright of daffodils, isn't it?
And that corylopsis is divine. I have to look it up.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 4:19PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

Also much prefer the softer color of Corylopsis to that of Forsythia, although the color of the latter is not always close to school bus yellow.
Several photos are in my blog, which is non-commercial and always being pushed by me.
The one I tried to attach, here, exceeded the size allowed.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 4:35AM
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I've got lovely Forsythia blooming out in the back now.

The trouble is not the plant ... it's how people maintain them, as well as the BUSINESS of making money off of a product in our culture.

And because Forsythia is popular (i.e heavily marketed), you get a lot of folks that get it that have very rudimentary skills/desire to properly maintain the plant.

I see examples of this all around in my area with lilacs, arborvitae, forsythia, redbuds, roses, ... not to mention the mangling that I see all manner of trees subjected to ...

You probably get better cared for trees/shrubs which are harder to find, cost somewhat more, ... and are, thererfore, less common.

Your Corylopsis, and nice Witch Hazels, would definitely fall into this grouping.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 8:29AM
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This is what I'm seeing more & more of. Forsythia shown here makes copious amounts of seed. Long stretches of roadbank become a tangled mass. This is in a rural, agricultural area.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 7:57PM
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