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Forsythia Show Off Sugar Baby™
ENLARGE IMAGE From Proven Winners comes this space saving ultra-compact Forsythia
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Forsythia Show Off Sugar Baby™

Super flower power from a dwarf deer proof shrub!
ZONE 5,6,7,8
As low as $14.99
  • Compact habit delivers big with showy blooms
  • Energetic yellow blooms in late winter/spring that can be cut for indoor bouquets
  • Adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions including urban pollution
  • Full sun-partial shade
  • Grows 18-30" tall and wide.
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Forsythia Show Off Sugar Baby™ Description

Huge impact in small space. Energetic blooms!

When you start to see the yellow blooms of forsythia, you know spring is around the corner!

Older forms of forsythia get huge - often reaching up to 10 feet high depending on the type. 

This exciting new early blooming shrub is compact and a better fit for most gardens growing 18-30" high and wide. Forsythia's trademark is their rich yellow energetic blooms that open up ahead of the foliage for a blazing effect in the early spring garden. This selection delivers more flowers per inch to create an energetic display.

How to grow

They flower best in sunny locations. Easy to grow. Highly adaptable and versatile, growing in clay or sand and a wide range of ph. Tolerant of urban pollution.  Limited space? Grow them in containers where you can take the whole pot indoors for early forcing if desired.


Best to prune after flowering because they bloom on prior years growth. Does not require heaving pruning but a slight shearing keeps them attractive looking in the landscape.  


You can easily work forsythia into a mixed perennial or shrub border.  Along narrow foundation plantings.  Combine with early flowering hellebores or bulbs for an exciting early season display. Create miniature hedge plantings

Cut branches

Deal with those grey winter days by cutting branches and bringing them indoors in late winter.  Place them on warm (not hot) water overnight in the garage or cool place and the next day bring them indoors.  Average room temperature between 60-75 degrees.  To speed up the blooms - keep them warmer, to slow down the blooming period, place in a cool spot.

Special features Cold hardy, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fast growing, Moisture tolerant, Season extender, Winter interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Forsythia Show Off® Sugar Baby
  • Common name:
    Flowering forsythia
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun, Part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quarts
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Clay
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    18-30" x 18-30"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container gardening, Erosion control or embankment, Foundation planting, Hedge, Massing, Naturalize, Ornamental, Small spaces
  • Cannot ship to:
  • Patent #:'Nimbus' PP23,838



Soil: Very adaptable to a wide range of soils. Highly tolerant of clay. Established plants will tolerant dry conditions.
Light: Sun to partial shade
Water: Average water needs.Water regularly; do not over water.
Spacing: 24-36 in.
Fertilizing: Fertilizer needs are low. If you have poor soil, feed during spring growing season with slow release fertilizer such as "Osmocote"
Winterizing: No specific care needed. Branches may be clipped and brought indoor for winter blooms
Maintenance & pruning: Prune for shape in late spring after bloom time.