Common Name: 
Forsythia

About 6 species of deciduous shrubs, its branches are gold-green, have chambered pith or hollow, and covered with lenticels.  Leaves opposite, usually simple, serrate or entire.  Flowers are yellow and appear before leaves, corolla deeply divided into 4 parts, united as a short tube.  Native to central Europe and eastern Asia.
Forsythia: after William Forsyth (1737-1804), Scottish gardener and writer, he became the superintendent of Royal Gardens, Kensington Palace.

Pronunciation: 
for-SITH-ee-a
Family: 
Oleaceae