for·​syth·​ia | \ fər-ˈsi-thē-ə How to pronounce forsythia (audio) , chiefly British -ˈsī- \
plural forsythias also forsythia

Definition of forsythia

: any of a genus (Forsythia) of ornamental shrubs of the olive family with opposite leaves and yellow bell-shaped flowers appearing before the leaves in early spring

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Recent Examples on the Web This can be laborious in deep-rooted plants such as forsythia — but the additional payoff is in reducing root competition for neighboring and replacement plants. Washington Post, "The winter garden is full of promise and productivity. Don’t let it go to waste.," 20 Nov. 2019 This premature deceptive spring, forsythia’s in bloom already. Rachel Hadas, The New Yorker, "Love and Dread," 11 Nov. 2019 Other flower names belonged to botanists who described or grew them: monarda (from Nicolás Monardes, a 16th-century Spaniard who wrote about New World plants), forsythia (from William Forsyth, who tended George III’s gardens). Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Joe Pye Weed," 26 Sep. 2019 In the spring, when the forsythia bloom do another, less drastic pruning. Iris Van Rynbach,, "10 questions for Marci Martin, master rose-grower," 17 Aug. 2019 If the pruners have been burning a hole in your garden glove, go ahead and trim up the lilac, forsythia, viburnum and other spring-blooming shrubs, if needed. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 Prune roses and apply crabgrass pre-emergent treatment to lawn when forsythia blooms. idahostatesman, "A gardening to do list for March and April | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 Crabgrass germination requires as many chilling hours as forsythia needs to bloom. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Thinking of becoming a gardener? Here’s a primer for southern Idaho," 31 Jan. 2018 Taking the temperature of the soil is the surest way, but attending to natural occurrences (called phenological indicators) such as forsythia blooming, tree buds swelling, daffodils blooming and others also works. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cottage gardens can include edibles as well as ornamentals | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of forsythia

circa 1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forsythia

New Latin, from William Forsyth †1804 British botanist

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The first known use of forsythia was circa 1814

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Forsythia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forsythia

: a type of bush that produces bright yellow flowers in the early spring


for·​syth·​ia | \ fər-ˈsi-thē-ə How to pronounce forsythia (audio) \

Kids Definition of forsythia

: a bush often grown for its bright yellow flowers that appear in early spring

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