Position: Full sun or light, partial shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Abeliophyllum distichum may require protection from late spring frosts as a young plant once the young leaves emerge in spring until it becomes established.
Flowering Period: February
Flower Colour: Creamy white
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Small to medium sized shrub with an open, spreading form if untrained. Abeliophyllum distichum will grow a little larger when planted against a sunny wall.
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Pruning: Prune the older branches of Abeliophyllum distichum back hard after flowering to encourage new growth & assist in the formation of flowering wood for the following year.
Note: The common name refers to the fact that it blooms at the same time as Forsythia, with flowers of a similar shape. But it is in fact an unrelated plant.