Posted by on Mon, Jan 28 2013 13:48:00

For most Canadians, seeing the brilliant golden blossoms of forsythia bushes as they burst riotously into bloom each year is one of the first sure signs that spring has finally arrived. Forsythia flowers are almost always yellow. That’s not as ho-hum as it may sound.

The hues range from a luscious soft lemon to a bright chrome. Skip the wishy-washy pink version. Northern Gold Forsythia is covered in stunning gold bell-shaped flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting.

It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth khaki (brownish-green) bark is not particularly outstanding. Forsythia fruit even has medicinal uses.  Although its medicinal use is not well known in the United States, it is highly esteemed in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese practitioners use the powdered fruit in herbal remedies for a variety of ailments, including colds and bronchitis.

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