Forsythia

Forsythia species

non-native


Other Name:
Easter Tree


Forsythia is a genus of about 7 species of mainly deciduous non-native shrubs. Most are from Eastern Asia; they reached Europe in the 1800s and later were brought to North America. They are popular with gardeners and considered to be a harbinger of spring. Their bright yellow flowers generally bloom around Easter, which is why they are sometimes called the Easter Tree and considered a symbol of rebirth. The genus was named after William Forsyth (1737-1804), the Scottish superintendent of the Royal Gardens of Kensington Palace. He was the author of A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit Trees, which in its day was probably the most widely read work on the subject.

Identification Tools

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forsythia
Flowers and emerging leaves of a forsythia shrub

forsythia
Flowers and emerging leaves of a forsythia shrub

forsythia
A blooming forsythia shrub - flowers emerge before leaves.

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