I planted Show Off Starlet forsythia in full sun. Unfortunately, the nursery had pruned it to about 12" when I bought it, so the first growing season it grew out sideways branches in odd directions but did bloom well. The second year, Immediately after bloom, I pruned it low to start over and let it grow in a natural shape. Now in its fourth year. It has grown larger than the stated 2-3' tall and wide; more like 2-3' tall but 5' wide. The branches are long and the blooms on each branch have been sporadic. A couple branches died off completely. I would not recommend this shrub.
Show Off Starlet® Forsythia x
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Show Off Starlet forsythia is a bright ball of yellow flowers in spring!
If your older forsythia takes up too much room and has a weak flower display, try this new, improved variety. It has the same fabulous flower display you get with Show Off forsythia, but in a smaller package. This new dwarf forsythia is a mass of bright yellow spring flowers from base to tip.Resists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:36 - 48 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:YellowFlower Shade:YellowFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SpringHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8aWater Category:AverageUses:Cut FlowerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
A beautiful accent plant in mixed borders or foundation plantings.Maintenance Notes:
Prefers a good, loose soil, but is very adaptable. pH adaptable, air pollution tolerant, withstands city conditions. Pruning is seldom needed; if necessary, prune immediately after flowering. Old stems can be cut to the ground. Fertilize in spring.Show Off Starlet® Forsythia x 'Minfor6' USPP 24,361
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Lisa G., Pennsylvania, United States, 38 weeks ago
Bought four of these last May. One shriveled up and died inexplicably 2 months after planting. The rest did very well initially but all but one were absolutely decimated late in the season by yellow bear caterpillars, despite heroic rescue measures. Even the one that was untouched by the caterpillars failed to push more than a couple blooms this spring. This is very odd because I have other forsythia varieties that are pest resistant and absolutely thrive in my area (6b). These will all need replaced and are a huge disappointment.Katie T, Virginia, United States, 1 year ago
Planted a quart-size plant last fall (zone 5b) along a south-facing wall. Survived the winter (OK, I know it was a mild one!) and come spring it was full of flowers, even though the plant was only 6" - 8" high at the time. Amazing! It is full of leaves now and growing well. Looking forward to next years performance.jacaranda17, 5 years ago
I was impressed with the quality of the plants received. They won't bloom until next spring, but the plants were healthy and began to thrive immediately in their new home.Jo Maume, Virginia, United States, 5 years ago