Forsythia (Golden Bell)

Forsythia is a genus of about 10 species of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae, native to East Asia.

Forsythia 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.

Name meaning:

The genus was named in honour of William Forsyth (1737-1804), a Scottish botanist.

Forsythia symbolism:

Forsythia is a symbol of anticipation.

Interesting facts about 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.

Forsythia has been used as medicine to treat headaches, colds, fevers and bronchitis. It acts as an antibiotic, antiviral agent and blood detoxifier.

Plant Type:

Shrubs

Color:

Forsythia flowers only come in one color - yellow.

This flower symbolizes