The forsythia is in bloom here now, and it seems to be a good year for this shrub. Most of the ones I am seeing are looking healthy and in-your-face YELLOW.
Forsythia is a member of the Oleaceae, or olive family. It usually grows to about 9 feet, and it flowers before its leaves emerge.
Now the big question is, should they be pruned or not? Personally, I don’t think there is a question. It’s fine to cut them back to keep them under control (after they flower, of course) but it’s not fine to turn them into the tortured little balls pictured below.
I love to see forsythia blooming flamboyantly and naturally, with plenty of space to show off.