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Forsythia Fruit

  • Forsythia suspensa
  • Origin: China
Forsythia Fruit


Common Name

Standardized: forsythia
Other: goldenbells

Botanical Name

Forsythia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahl
Plant Family: Oleaceae



Forsythia fruit is the fruit of those lovely bright yellow bushes that are often the first thing to bloom in spring in any northern climate. Native to China, forsythia grows nearly everywhere in the world. In the US it is grown mostly as an ornamental. It is named for 18th century English gardening expert William Forsyth, who was one of the founders of the Royal Horticulture Society. Although native to China, it was brought to the west by botanist Robert Fortune in 1833.


Phenylethanoids, forsythiaside and suspensaside, lignans, phillyrin and (+)-

pinoresinol O-p-D-glucoside and phenylethanoids

Parts Used


Typical Preparations

Steamed and dried, used in decoctions and infusions, teas, capsules and extracts.


Forsythia fruit has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, though the first mention of its most common use - in honeysuckle forsythia flower blend - is in a 1789 herbal compendium.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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