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Forsythia x intermedia 'Gold Tide'


Plant Type:


Forsythia x intermedia 'Gold Tide' - A plant created with man-in-the-moon gamma rays in France this is about as Frankensteinian as ya get. But the result is wonderful. A wider than tall Forsythia with light yellow early spring blossoms. Though the height is designated as 12 to 24 inches this fine low grower may acheive a height of 3 feet; but that's an outside dimension as 'Gold Tide' will likely remain shorter. Wonderful front of the larger border. Set before taller shrubs - the shrubs set before trees will provide three satisfying tiers in naturalistic appeal. 'Gold Tide' on a bank in flower would look like molten butter (thank you, Ray Bradbury.) Best in full to nearly full sun planted in fertile, draining ground. Established potted Forsythia from cutting.



12-24 in


48-60 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Forsythia x intermedia 'Gold Tide'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Ground Cover
  • Shrub Border
  • Filler
  • Bank

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Average
  • Draining


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Forsythia

Forsythia. We're not big fans of Forsythia in that they flower gloriously for a few weeks but then settle into undistinguished, tousled and boring summer torpor. Winter isn't much better with wild-haired yellowish stems displaying little character. Having said that we do like the variegated, golden-foliaged and dwarf forms; the golden or variegated forms can make good background or contrast with perennials and other shrubs all through the growing season; the dwarf forms, like 'Bronxensis' make great filler and foreground shrubs and also actually display decent autumn leaf color.