The Complete Guide for Gold Tide® Forsythia (Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’) Care


The Gold Tide® Forsythia, otherwise known as the Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ or Everbearing Strawberry ‘Berried Treasure Pink’, Strawberry ‘Berried Treasure Pink’, is a rather well known fruit plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its high maintenance and moderate growth, this fruit will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Gold Tide® Forsythia Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

The fundamental caring guidelines for every Gold Tide® Forsythia can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The Gold Tide® Forsythia grows well with weekly watering is perfect and more frequent in extremely hot conditions.
  • Light: Keep your Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ in an environment where it can receive filtered to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Gold Tide® Forsythia in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of loam.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Gold Tide® Forsythia is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Forsythia x 'Courtasol' plants

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Gold Tide® Forsythia belongs to the Rosaceae family, the genus Fragaria and the species X Ananassa, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ (for-SITH-ee-a).

As with other Fragaria’s, the Gold Tide® Forsythia is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

The Gold Tide® Forsythia is a plant native to the Europe.

You might be wondering why your Gold Tide® Forsythia’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Gold Tide® Forsythia is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, how big does the Gold Tide® Forsythia actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…

The Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ can grow up to 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm). 

These dimensions make the Gold Tide® Forsythia a relatively small fruit compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful compact shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 8″ – 12″ (20cm – 30cm) free so the Gold Tide® Forsythia can spread to its best extent.

Water

In terms of watering, the Gold Tide® Forsythia is a fairly simple plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ grows well with weekly watering is perfect and more frequent in extremely hot conditions.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Forsythia x 'Courtasol' care

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Gold Tide® Forsythia in soil with moist but well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Gold Tide® Forsythia since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Gold Tide® Forsythia prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of loam.

This is why most experts agree that the Gold Tide® Forsythia requires soil with clay, high organic matter, and loam (silt), which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Gold Tide® Forsythia requires filtered to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this fruit will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a deciduous plant, the Gold Tide® Forsythia will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.

Flowers

You can expect your Gold Tide® Forsythia to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).

In particular, this fruit is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Gold Tide® Forsythia produces some beautiful yellow, or red/burgundy, gold/yellowpink, and white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Gold Tide® Forsythia have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement with a rosulate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

Forsythia x 'Courtasol' up close

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Gold Tide® Forsythia is well known for being able to attract birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ will be fine.

Garden

How should you then organize your garden to include your new Gold Tide® Forsythia? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.

Most Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’ owners agree that this fruit will look great in most cottage, asian/zen and rustic gardens of all types. 

In particular, the Gold Tide® Forsythia’s best location within your garden is in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a mass planting, container, cutting garden, or a woodland garden.

Conclusion

And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Gold Tide® Forsythia to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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