Abeliophyllum distichum
Plant Abstract

Also Known as- White forsythia
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Oleaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Korea
ht.- 3 to 5 ft.
Span- 3 to 4 ft.
Coloring- White, often with a pink tinge
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers full sun but tolerates light shade. Tolerates some drought but not wet conditions. Prune immediately after bloom because flower buds for the following year will form on the current year”s growth. Needs periodic pruning (at least every 3-4 years) to control and maintain attractive shape.
This round, deciduous shrub with a multi-stemmed habit is commonly called white forsythia. It is a rapid grower which will produce arching branches up to 5” tall and 4” wide. It is grown primarily for its very early, often profuse, spring bloom which consists of dense axillary clusters of white (often with a pink tinge), 4-petaled, slightly fragrant flowers which open from purple buds in late March and cover the naked stems before the leaves unfold. Bloom slightly precedes related true forsythias. After bloom, the moderate green foliage is generally unremarkable and produces little if any fall color.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Common Applications-
Best grown in groups where spring bloom can be appreciated, but not in a prominent location since the shrub has little specimen value during the post-bloom growing season. Does well in a shrub border and can be an effective complement to yellow forsythia.

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