Forsythia is a genus of about 10 species of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae, native to East Asia.
These plants are long-lived, but fast growing deciduous shrubs. They produce clusters of bright yellow flowers which usually come before the leaves, adding a dramatic effect in early spring. When it rains, the flowers turn into a pendant shape and protect their reproductive parts.
Meaning: The genus was named in honor of William Forsyth (1737-1804), a Scottish botanist.
Symbolism: Forsythia is a symbol of anticipation.