This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Though this pretty shrub has been many years in our gardens, its merits are not well known. It is in every way a finer plant than its neighbor Forsythia viridissima, the well known Golden Bell. It is much more graceful in its habit of growth, grows to double the size, and has larger and showier flowers. It is really much more of a "Golden Bell" than the original as so named by the late A. J. Downing, but as the other has the right of priority to the name, it is hard to take it from it. Perhaps those who prefer these distracting names might like to have the old one known as the stiff Golden Bell, and the newer one as the slender Golden Bell. If, however, we shall get a stiffer or slenderer form than these from Asia at any time it may lead to confusion again.