- a shrub belonging to the genus Forsythia, of the olive family, native to China and southeastern Europe, species of which are cultivated for their showy yellow flowers, which blossom on the bare branches in early spring.
Origin of forsythia
Examples from the Web for forsythia
Here and there a yellow clump of forsythia is like a spot of sunshine.The Conquest of Fear
You have to make little splints for them out of Forsythia twigs.Fairy Prince and Other Stories
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Forsythia and Laburnum, or Golden Chain, both have yellow blossoms.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
It's closed away from the lawn by a mixed hedge of forsythia and lilac.The Trial of Callista Blake
The irises made a drive and the forsythia sent up its barrage.The Cup of Fury
- any oleaceous shrub of the genus Forsythia, native to China, Japan, and SE Europe but widely cultivated for its showy yellow bell-shaped flowers, which appear in spring before the foliage
Word Origin and History for forsythia
1814, coined 1805 in Modern Latin as a genus name in honor of William Forsyth (1737-1804), Scottish horticulturalist who brought the shrub from China. The family name is from Gaelic Fearsithe "man of peace."