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Happy Centennial Forsythia

Forsythia 'Happy Centennial'

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Happy Centennial Forsythia (Forsythia 'Happy Centennial') at The Growing Place

Happy Centennial Forsythia in bloom

Happy Centennial Forsythia in bloom

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Goldenbells

Description:

A low-spreading forsythia with a graceful, horizontal habit; dark green foliage turns maroon-red in the fall; makes an excellent quick groundcover for early spring color

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Our Growing Place Choice plants are chosen because they are strong performers year after year, staying attractive with less maintenance when planted in the right place.

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Ornamental Features

Happy Centennial Forsythia is clothed in stunning gold bell-shaped flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Happy Centennial Forsythia is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Happy Centennial Forsythia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Happy Centennial Forsythia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features