Any of the seven species of ornamental shrubs that make up the genus Forsythia, in the olive family, native to eastern Europe and East Asia. In some species the yellow flowers borne along the stems appear before the leaves in early spring. The narrow leaves occasionally have three parts; the star-shaped flowers have four. Common forsythia (F. intermedia) has arching stems to about 20 ft (6 m) and bright yellow flowers.
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