Newly introduced, this is an unusual Forsythia with masses of bright yellow flowers during March and April. As the flowers pass, the new leaves emerge pale green at first and maturing to deep green with a strong silvery veination like an inticate artwork, the effect is quite striking. By Autumn the green leaf colour changes to hues of purple (the silvery network of markings is retained) before the leaves fall to reveal the purplish young winter stems. A very different Forsythia, something of a curiosity that brings interest to the garden long after the flowers have faded.
Forsythia Kumson is a compact variety growing to 150cm tall and wide, this is a great addition to a shrub border and for brightening up dark corners with its long season of interest. Having a bushy and compact growth it could also make a good informal hedge or screen.
Forsythia is an easy shrub to grow, quite content in all soil types although excessivly wet situations are best avoided. Once established the shrubs need little maintenance other than an annual trim or prune in Spring after flowering.
How to grow Forsythia viridissima Kumson
Position: Full sun, partial shade, moderate shade.
Foliage: Deciduous shrub, leaves drop from the plant in Autumn and fresh new ones emerge in Spring.
Soil and site: Any average well drained soil.
Flowering time: March and April.
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 150cm high x 150cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim hedges and shrubs in Spring after flowering.
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