Forsythia suspensa x F. viridissima (F. x intermedia)
Golden ball, Golden bells
February to April
The naturalised escape is thinly scattered throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
Forsythia is found in gardens everywhere.
Forsythia is widely planted as an early-flowering, ornamental shrub
and hedging plant in gardens, parks and public amenity areas.
Naturalised plants in the wild are derived from rooting fragments,
as the seeds are not viable in England.
It is considered a relic of previous cultivation and is found on
brownfield sites, waste ground and rubbish tips, in hedgerows
and by roads, footpaths and water.
It is a neophyte with naturalised escapes are known only since
the 1970s, but they appear to be increasing due to the increased
amount of garden rubbish discarded in the countryside.
It is a deciduous shrub with hanging, bell-shaped, lemon-yellow
flowers, which appear before the leaves.
Forsythia bush by the Lancaster canal
Flowers en masse