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Abeliophyllum distichum

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A beautiful shrub native to central Korea, with clusters of very fragrant, creamy white flowers in late winter or early spring. Leaves are mid green and oval, sometimes turning yellow in autumn.

Can be grown as a standalone border or specimen shrub, but most attractive when trained against a sunny wall or fence, where it will flower most freely.
Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Abeliophyllum distichum | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

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.

Plant Finder: about Abeliophyllum distichum

Common names

White forsythia


Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia). This species is an open deciduous shrub with ovate, dark green leaves arranged in opposite pairs on the stems. Fragrant axillary racemes of white blooms tinged with pink, with yellow centres are borne from late winter to early spring.


Grow in fertile well-drained soil with full sun. You will need to thin out the excess older shoots after flowering each year to encourage vigorous, young growth.

Interest and use

Winter interest.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Abeliophyllum distichum | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.5
  • WaterSemi-moist

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