Forsythia 'Courtacour' GOLDILOCKS
Common Name: forsythia
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Oleaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flower production in full sun. Prune immediately after spring flowering. Wide range of pruning options include simply removing old stems and shaping to cutting back to the ground to revitalize. Forsythias are generally noted for having good tolerance for urban conditions.

Noteworthy Characteristics

GOLDILOCKS or GOLD CURL is a new forsythia cultivar that is noted for its compact shape with short internodes, abundant early spring flowering, dark green foliage that begins to emerge during flowering, good winter hardiness and suitability for containers. It is a small, upright, deciduous shrub that typically grows to only 2-3’ tall with a slightly larger spread. Golden flowers clustered around the stems bloom in profusion in late winter to early spring. Ovate leaves are dark green in summer. GOLDILOCKS is the product of certain experiments in Angers, France, in which plants of Forsythia x intermedia ‘Spring Glory’ were irradiated with gamma rays. Seed from subsequent open pollination was collected and planted, and one of the resulting seedlings was named ‘Courtacour’. It should be further noted that this cultivar is listed by The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) under the French trade name of BOUCLE D’OR. BOUCLE D’OR or ‘Courtacour’ is in turn sold in the U.S. under trade names of GOLD CURL and GOLDILOCKS. U. S. Plant Patent Applied For (PPAF).


No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spot and crown gall. Although vegetatively winter hardy to USDA Zone 5, the flower buds are sometimes damaged by cold winter temperatures and late freezes in Zone 5.

Garden Uses

Group in borders. Foundations. Mass on banks or slopes. Sunny areas of open woodland gardens. Containers.