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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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 The island has clams, osprey and golden forsythia foaming like champagne in the spring, but lacks a hospital, a movie theater and home mail delivery. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 The balmy weather Friday that bathed early-blooming forsythia in bright sun won’t last far into the weekend, forecasters say. Bill Leukhardt,, "Weekend Starts Out Warm, Then Cold, Possibly Sleet Arrive Saturday And Sunday," 13 Apr. 2018 Redbuds, tulips and forsythia have yet to appear this spring, but that’s not holding back the arrival of the art fairs metro Detroiters love. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: 'Tosca,' ventriloquist Darci Lynne, Afro-Caribbean cook-off," 4 Apr. 2018 That would suggest it’s a nice place, a wonderful place in fact, bursting with Golden Bells, which are a fancy type of forsythia. Paul Daugherty,, "Masters 2018: Doc renames some holes at Augusta National Golf Club," 3 Apr. 2018 However, do not prune shrubs that will bloom this spring, including azaleas, forsythia, pieris and camellias. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Let these beauties bloom in your landscape," 5 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of forsythia

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


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Kids Definition of forsythia

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

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