Forsythia Golden Times is actually a Forsythia x Intermedia hybrid. It is commonly known as Variegated Forsythia. It is a very popular forsythia bush among gardeners and is grown for its attractive flower outburst in spring and its marbled, nice-looking foliage!
The Golden Times hybrid grows very fast and straight upright. It is bushy and rather tall. It can grow up to 3 m (about 10 feet) in height and somewhat more in width.
The special thing about this forsythia hybrid is the extraordinary colour of their leaves: They are variegated of green and gold colours. Mostly, the leaves are golden-yellow with a splashing green middle and some leaves are completely yellow.
In autumn the leaves will change their colour to shades of pink, red, and purple. This is simply beautiful and an eye-catching addition to your garden!
Golden Times have bright yellow flowers in early spring that are followed by the foliage. Prune it after flowering and the bushes will reward you the coming year with a splendour of flowers!
These bushes require full sun exposure, but tolerate also half-shade (yet, the flowers might not develop as much as in full sun). They grow in any ordinary garden soil. They prefer to be well-drained but do not like to be overwatered.
Golden Times are winter-hardy, undemanding and really easy to grow!
Tip: You can force them to bloom indoors in wintertime. Cut a branch or a couple of them from the top of the bush and place them indoors in a vase with warm and fresh water. The little, firmly closed buds will eventually open and reveal a cascade of striking yellow flowers.
Tip: Forsythias, unfortunately, do not provide any food for insects. It is wise to also plant some native plants that attract butterflies, flies, bees, bugs and also birds and other wildlife!