Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Weeping Forsythia - Forsythia suspensa   (Thunberg) Vahl
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Author(Thunberg) Vahl
DistributionCollected outside of cultivation in 2 montane counties, between 2001 and 2009. Other specimens from Buncombe, Forsyth, Gaston, Harnett, Mecklenburg, and Orange counties are from plantings.

Native of China; in N.A. VT to Ont. south to NC and KS; also LA, MT, WA.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoadbank, along New River (Ashe Co.), spreading to yard border.
PhenologyFlowering February-April.
IdentificationFolks know blooming forsythias as a sign of spring in yards and along city streets. This woody shrub typically has many stems and branches that may begin erect but eventually curve outward and down. Bright yellow, 4-petaled flowers crowd the branches before the leaves appear, lighting up the entire plant in yellow. Mature branches are hollow (vs. cross-septate in F. viridissima).
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