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Forsythia x intermedia 'Ford Freeway'


Plant Type:


Forsythia x intermedia 'Ford Freeway' - This is a subtly variegated, large growing and uncommon form with all green blades irregularly streaked and splashed with lighter silvery-green markings. Typical yellow four-petaled tubular flowers open with easy abandon in the early part of spring in northeastern Connecticut. Good hedgerow, hedging or background shrub of typical carefree disposition. Established shrub, cutting grown.


7-8 ft


7-8 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Forsythia x intermedia 'Ford Freeway'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Interesting Bark

  • Wiry


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Hedgerow
  • Border
  • Screen
  • Massing
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Adaptable


  • 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.