FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

Forsythia
Forsythia suspensa

Family: Oleaceae

Preferred Habitat: thickets, moors, and cliffs

Range: Originated in China, but is now mainly a cultivated shrub

Height: up to 3 meters (10 feet)

Leaves: Simple, opposite, toothed except for at base, ovate, 10 cm long, medium to dark green

Flowers: yellow, 4 cm long with a four-lobed corolla, blooms before April

Fruit: two-valved, brown capsules, 1 cm long, occurring oppositely on twigs

Location spotted: Outside Slosberg Music Hall of Brandeis University

Extra information: The fruit of the plant has medicinal uses for antimicrobial and antiseptic purposes