Pruning forsythia


Forsythia is a flowering plant belonging to the Oleaceae family and to the Forsythia genus. Its name derives from William Forsyth, a Scottish gardener and botanist to whom this genus of plants was dedicated. About a dozen different species belong to this genus that originated in the eastern parts of Asia. Forsythia is a deciduous shrub whose dimensions are not excessive, generally they are plants that reach from one meter to three meters in height, only in some rare cases can they reach six meters in height. The twigs have a rough appearance and consist of a brown-greyish bark, from them the opposite and single-shaped leaves develop even if, at times, they are trifoliate and have small leaflets at the base.


Forsythia plants are often used in gardens to provide shade or to beautify a place. Its wonderful blooms make it beautiful and shiny to be used, for decorative and ornamental purposes, in any public park. The flaw of these plants is that they have too vigorous and excessive growth and therefore the branches end up becoming too long and the crown of the entire plant ends up losing shape. For this reason, the plant needs to receive the right pruning it needs. Being plants used for ornamental purposes, pruning must be carried out to make the plants beautiful, aesthetically, and to always maintain a fairly tidy shape. However, some people like to grow forsythia naturally and, in fact, there are some species that don’t grow much and therefore have no needs.

Pruning forsythia: How to proceed

The ideal period for pruning is in the post-flowering period, i.e. in the month of April. In the event that the plant should grow out of all proportion again, these interventions can also be carried out during the winter period. The advice is to wait until next April because during the winter the temperatures are too cold and the plant may have difficulty recovering. The best time during the day for pruning is the night time, when there are no sun rays that would risk burning the wounds of the plant. The interventions to be carried out on these plants are to shorten the branches in such a way as to give a more dense appearance to the plant and to rejuvenate by eliminating the older parts, as a classic to do for species of this type.

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