Forsythia are a commonly seen shrub in many landscapes with their pretty yellow flowers growing on tall 'spikes' in Spring. But did you know they are not native, and can be invasive if not managed?
Instead of planting forsythia, consider the native shrub Spice Bush, which also has pretty yellow flowers in the Spring and is a shrub that bees and butterflies love. This unique bush provides nutritious fruit for birds in the fall. Also, the red berries can be eaten by humans.
It is is an easy-to-grow, deciduous shrub adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and is low-maintenance once it is established. When crushed, the leaves smell like allspice. It can get from 6 to 12 feet tall and can be pruned to whatever height you wish.
Mother Earth Gardener has an interesting article on the history and uses of this plant here.