Forsythia giraldiana Lingelsh.

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'Forsythia giraldiana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/forsythia/forsythia-giraldiana/). Accessed 2020-07-07.

Genus

Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
bloom
Bluish or greyish waxy substance on leaves or fruits.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
ovoid
Egg-shaped solid.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Forsythia giraldiana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/forsythia/forsythia-giraldiana/). Accessed 2020-07-07.

A deciduous shrub up to 15 ft high, branches gracefully spreading; young shoots slender, soon glabrous, black-purple on the upper side; pith lamellate. Leaves 2 to 4 in. long, 34 to 134 in. wide, narrowly ovate-lanceolate, entire, rarely with a few serrations, tapered to rounded at the base, tapered at the apex to a long slender point, glabrous above, slightly hairy on the veins beneath; stalk 16 to 12 in. long, slightly hairy. Flowers solitary, soft yellow corolla 1 to 112 in. wide with a short tube and four oblong-lanceolate, pointed lobes; stamens yellow. Fruits smooth, ovoid, with a short beak. Bot. Mag., t. 9662.

Native of China in the provinces of Kansu, Shensi, and Hupeh; described from material collected in 1897 by the missionary after whom it is named, subsequently found in Hupeh in 1907 by Silvestri and introduced in 1914 by Reginald Farrer, who collected the seeds in Kansu. Farrer’s introduction was at first erroneously thought to be F. suspensa var. atrocaulis (q.v.), and was distributed under that name.

Like all the forsythias it is handsome in flower and of easy cultivation and, although not the best of its kind, it is of value for coming into bloom in late February or the first week of March, usually somewhat earlier than F. ovata. Its distinguishing marks – in combination – are its lamellate pith, its entire leaves, and its early flowering.


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