Forsythia × intermedia ‘Lynwood Gold’: Spectacular Late Winter Yellow Blooms

Forsythia × intermedia ‘Lynwood Gold’: Spectacular Late Winter Yellow Blooms

Forsythia × intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'

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Forsythia × intermedia ‘Lynwood Gold’, also referred to as ‘Lynwood Gold’ is a vigorous, heavy-blooming forsythia that is easily identifiable for its spectacular late winter to early spring blooms of bright yellow flowers which are abundant and well-distributed along the branches.

Flowers are single, axillary, broad-petaled, yellow flowers (about 1 ¾ inches in length) that cover the shrub with blooms before the new spring foliage emerges. After flowering, ‘Lynwood Gold’ blends back into the landscape for the remainder of the growing season as an upright, spreading, somewhat nondescript, green-leaved, deciduous shrub. It typically reaches a height of 6 to 10 feet and a width 6 to 10 feet. Ovate leaves (3 to 4 inches in length) with toothed margins are dark green. Leaves turn yellow with purple tinges in fall.

How To Make Your Forsythia × Intermedia ‘Lynwood Gold’ Thrive

This forsythia is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade; best flower production is in full sun. Good tolerance for urban pollution.

General Forsythia × intermedia ‘Lynwood Gold’ Information

Pests And Disease

No serious insect or disease problems. There is some susceptibility to leaf spot and crown gall.


Layering and cuttings are the two easiest and quickest ways of rooting a forsythia bush. Even beginners will have success with this easy-to-root plant. If you have more patience you can easily grow this shrub from seed.


If needed you can prune immediately after spring flowering (there is a wide range of pruning options that include simply removing old stems and shaping to cutting back to the ground to revitalize).

Garden Uses

This Forsythia can be grouped in borders used as a foundation planting, massed on banks or slopes, used in sunny areas of open woodland gardens, used in your cottage garden, or used as a hedge.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Oleaceae
  • Common Name: ‘Lynwood Gold’, forsythia
  • Type: Deciduous shrub
  • Hardiness Zones: Zone 5 to 8
  • Height: 6 to 10 feet
  • Spread: 6 to 10 feet
  • Bloom Time: March to April
  • Bloom Description: Yellow
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade (best blooms are in full sun)
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Suggested Use: Hedge
  • Flower: Showy
  • Leaf: Good fall color
  • Tolerates: Deer, clay soils, or being planted with black walnuts

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  1. Blooms are beautiful in spring! 🙂

  2. It’s so pretty!

  3. My forsythia came with the house many years ago, so I have no idea if it is a cultivar or the species. It has the typical explosion of late winter/early spring blooms, and nothing is cheerier. However, I was surprised at its fabulous fall colors, a blend of yellow, purple, orange, pink and scarlet. It is a great addition to not only the late winter/early spring garden, but also is most welcome in the autumn landscape..

  4. I always enjoy seeing the brilliant yellow of forsythia in early spring, but ui have to admit that I’ve never grown one, never having had a space for it where I could enjoy the colour from the house but not get bred of the plain foliage for the rest of the year. I’m sure that’s a lack of imagination on my part.
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  5. The colors are gorgeous and come just when you need it, I would concur the foliage is a bit plain and would be a better plant in a bit larger landscape where it can blend into the other plantings during the summer and fall.

  6. I don’t know which kind we have, but there is a bush along the deck that blocks the view of my neighbor’s perfectly and has yellow flowers.. win-win….

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