Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Forsythia flower buds are formed in the fall for the following year's spring bloom. Severe winter temperatures may kill buds. Freezing and thawing temperatures can also damage flower buds.

Several birds including crows, cardinals and robins will feed on expanding flower buds in the spring. Netting may prove the only method of bird prevention.


Forsythia should be pruned after blooming each spring. Remove one- fourth (1/4) of the plant starting the fifth year after planting to encourage new basal shoots. Remove old wood at ground level. Never prune or cut the entire plant back by one-fourth (1/4) from the top.

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