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Show Off® Forsythia x intermedia

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
6' 6'
Height: 5' - 6'
Spread: 5' - 6'
  • Details


    Bright yellow early spring flowers. Improved flower display compared to older varieties. Compact. Deer resistant. Good for cut displays.

    Heat Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses Notes: 

    An excellent specimen plant for mixed borders and foundations.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers a good loose soil, but will do well in any soil. pH adaptable and withstands city conditions and is air pollution tolerant. Pruning is best done immediately after flowering. Old stems can be removed or can be cut back to the ground. Shaping should be done at this time. Prefers medium moisture. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    This little beauty will be a blast of early spring color from the ground up! 

    Show Off is not your typical forsythia! It is compact and full of blooms from the ground to the end of every stem. Older varieties can become out of control and often become victims of bad pruning; this little beauty will stay small so there is no need to prune. Now you can have a nice tight, compact forsythia hedge without doing any work! A real improvement over older varieties, Show Off is a very showy choice for the early spring garden.

    Show Off® Forsythia x intermedia 'Mindor' USPP 19,321
  • 9 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought four plants 3 years ago. Bloomed nicely every year. 1 plant mysteriously died in the middle of Summer last year. Dug the corpse out and moved on. This year, a few weeks ago, (End of June) two of the plants have started flopping, losing the upright habit, but appear healthy otherwise! We'll see about next year.

      Loch Le Monde
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 18 weeks ago
    • Nothing says "spring" like the cheerful yellow blooms of forsythia. I live in Virginia (zone 7A) and forsythia thrive in this climate. Just about every yard has a forsythia (usually neglected and overgrown). I planted this Showoff forsythia 18 months ago. It has gone through 2 bloom cycles and it is now about 7 feet tall, very upright, and not sprawling. It's very tough - I stepped on the shrub and broke off a main branch, but it bounced right back. I pruned off a few horizontal branches to keep the shape tidy. I am so happy with this shrub - it blooms reliably and the habit is extremely upright, which is exactly what I wanted along my fence. The bright yellow blooms go all the way down to the ground, unlike older varieties. I will be buying 7 more to create a low-maintenance tall hedge along my fence. I've grown Lynwood Gold forsythia, but it is huge and gets out of control. I think Showoff forsythia is a much better variety. Forsythia aren't fussy and aren't bothered by deer or Japanese beetles, which is a huge plus. I recommend Showoff forsythia.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Planted about 5 year ago. Very disappointing Never blooms very well Just a few blooms toward the bottom I guess it can't take the cold temps below 20 F Might try burlap wrapping this year

      Kent Gaya
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • Just planted it and it is a beauty.

      Vicki MarkAnthony
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Awesome color

      D Krantz
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
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