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How can we reduce height of forsythia?
In a mature forsythia shrub, cut at least one-fourth to one-third of the oldest, thickest branches close to the ground. For the very oldest and most overgrown forsythia, pruning should be brutal, cropping the entire shrub to about 4 inches (10 cm.) from the ground.
Can you shape a forsythia?
It's important to prune then as forsythia flower on shoots grown the year before flowering, so if you prune too late you'll be removing the flowers for next year. You can shape it by removing about a quarter of the length from all stems.
How do you grow dwarf forsythia?
Planting & Growing Instructions
Water freely, but do not over water. It is important to cut back after flowering to help encourage future growth. Plant in fertile, well drained and dug soil. Plant as soon as arrives, in full sun or partial shade.
What can I plant instead of forsythia?
One alternative to forsythia is red buckeye, Aesculus pavia, which is a real gem. In part shade it usually forms an open, multi-stemmed shrub. In nature it is an understory plant, so while it can be grown in full sun and will flower better there, you have to remember that a full sun location stresses the plant.
Is forsythia a climber?
Forsythia can be planted and pruned to make a low maintenance hedge to great effect.