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Let's start with a Gold Medal Winner.
Most folks are familiar with this one, but you see it around for good reason. It is considered the true harbinger of Spring. Sure we've had some nice weather, but it's not spring until we see the forsythia bloom. I put this shrub in the deer resistant category. Why? It's tough as nails. Once established, it can take deer forage and come back each year. Let'm munch. In fact, the deer helps this shrub. I like to yearly prune mine hard for shape but also to promote a full shrub. So it isn't spring yet. Not until the forsythia bloom.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia
Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'
• It’s not spring until the Forsythia are in bloom! This is the classic one. Feel the warm spring breeze in the air?
• Very easy to grow in most all soils and moisture –prefers full sun to partial shade but best flowers in full sun
• Yearly pruning is important to maintain size and shape. Prune after flowering and before the 4th of July to assure next year’s flowers
• Prune to hedge, round shrub, small tree or prune almost to ground to stimulate new growth