Thursday, April 26, 2007

Gold Tide Forsythia

Gold Tide Forsythia
Forsythia x 'Courtasol'
Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ay)

While searching for information on Gold Tide Forsythia I came across these blog entry called A Tale of Two Forsythia Shrubs . The name of the blog is ‘May Dreams Gardens’ and it is quite a nice blog. I love my ‘Gold Tide’ although it seems to get a bit bigger than the advertised height of 20 inches. I keep my group sheared to about 24 inches. It is an easy plant to grow and is a reliable bloomer here in Southern Connecticut. I started with 6 plants but really only needed 4 as they spread nicely. They are really easy to keep lower if you want them that way. They can easy come back after a harsh shearing. I generally try and do it after they have flowered and then touch them up a little in the summer.

You can see that it is cascading nicely over my stonewall. If you click on the link you will see there was a lively exchange about Arnold’s Dwarf Forsythia. I happened to take a picture of my specimen yesterday and remember thinking it was the first time I had seen it with a lot of flowers in the 22 years it has been planted.

Arnold's Dwarf

It isn’t my favorite Forsythia that is for sure. I find it a bit too coarse in my opinion. Again my Arnold’s has exceeded the listed height growing to about 4 or 5 feet. I could have kept it lower, I guess. I would like to try ‘Golden Peep’ which is a dwarf Forsythia that has a bit more of an upright shape.


Carol Michel said...

I do love the Gold Tide forsythia the best. Mine has topped out at about three feet. My Arnold Dwarf is about two feet tall.

I'll be moving the Gold Tide later this spring, and hope that it survives in its new location.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi Carol,

I don't know why my 'Arnold Dwarf' got so big. Forsythia is easy to transplant so you should be ok.