Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Showy Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia [F. suspensa x F. viridissima]): Images

Date Location Notes Images
April 29-30, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire There are three main types of Forsythia in the Northeastern United States:
  • Weeping Forsythia (Forsythia suspensa): Branches tend to curve/droop down as the plant grows fairly wide. The pith (center portion of the branches) is hollow between the nodes. Leaves are opposite and often 3-foliate, oblong-ovate or broadly ovate with a toothed margin.
  • Greenstem Forsythia (Forsythia viridissima): Branches grow upright. The pith is chambered between the nodes. Leaves are opposite, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate with a toothed margin above the middle.
  • Showy Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia): Branches tend to curve/droop down as the plant grows fairly wide. The pith is chambered between the nodes, especially the upper branches. Leaves are opposite and sometimes 3-foliate. Toothed margin starting 1/4th of the way up the leaf.
There are many cultivars of Forsythia, especially the Forsythia x intermedia variety. It is used for a very decorative Spring border along roads and in yards. As you can see from the images below, the pith is chambered between the nodes. But you have to look at a cross section along the length of the branch to see that it is not hollow.