Forsythia is a genus of about 10 species of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae, native to East Asia.
These plants are long-lived, but fast growing deciduous shrubs. They produce clusters of bright yellow flowers which usually come before the leaves, adding a dramatic effect in early spring. When it rains, the flowers turn into a pendant shape and protect their reproductive parts.
The genus was named in honor of William Forsyth (1737-1804), a Scottish botanist.
Forsythia is a symbol of anticipation.
Interesting facts about Forsythia:
Is Lactose Present in Forsythia?
For the longest time, it was widely believed that Forsythia produces the milk sugar (lactose), but further studies are highly anticipated for this confirmation. Actually, the presence of lactose in Forsythia was never confirmed.
Benefits and Uses
Forsythia has been used as medicine to treat headaches, colds, fevers and bronchitis. It acts as an antibiotic, antiviral agent and blood detoxifier.
The flowers are yellow in color.
Forsythia grows between 60 cm (2 ft) and 6 metres (20 ft) tall, depending on species.
The soil should be moist, but well drained and rich in organic matter. Forsythia grows in low-acidic, neutral and even moderately alkaline soils.