Abeliophyllum distichum
Abeliophyllum distichum

Abeliophyllum distichum

SKU: S60055
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Common Name: White Forsythia
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Apr
Mature Height: 3-5' Spacing: 3-4'
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Fragrance: Yes
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There is only one species in this Korean genus, which belongs to the same family as the common Forsythia, but there is nothing common about this plant. A. distichum is an open, spreading shrub that grows to 3–5′ and produces an abundance of delightfully fragrant, pure white, star-shaped flowers at the very beginning of spring, at least 2 weeks before Forsythia. The blooms are followed by foliage of a cool bluish green. Underplant with early-flowering spring bulbs such as Scilla and Muscari. Branches cut in late winter are easily forced into bloom, and the perfume is much more pronounced indoors.

For more information on growing Abeliophyllum, click Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews) Write a Review

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Precious early blossoms

First come the strappy yellow flowers of the witch hazel to say, "Spring is coming!" White Forsythia is next, long before the yellow Forsythia, to clime in its message of hope and rebirth. The main reason to grow this are those precious early blooms, and its small leaves turn red in the fall. It is very well behaved, growing slowly and not overstepping the space allotted to it.

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First sign of spring!

I ordered this in January 2018 and the next year, beginning in late February, it was covered in fragrant blooms that aged to a light pink. Beautiful and a welcome sign of spring as it bloomed before even my early spring bulbs!

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The best possible harbinger of spring

A bit slow to get established but so worth the wait. The scent is beyond lovely, much needed in early April in New England. Like its common yellow cousin, its arching branches root where they touch the ground, so you'll eventually have offspring to give to your friends...or you can leave them and enjoy the ever-expanding show.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: a-bee-lee-o-fye´lum

Willowy, slightly spreading Abeliophyllum reaches 3–5′ in height. In early spring, it produces fragrant, white Forsythia-type flowers. Bring some branches inside in February for earlier bloom. White Flower Farm first introduced this plant to American gardeners in the early 1960's.

CULTURE: Full sun to light shade, average soil; prune out old shoots to maintain vigor. Space 3–4′ apart. Fertilize once in early spring with 10-10-10. Once plants are established, the next year's crop of flowers will be greatly enhanced by removing about one-third of the old wood after the flowering period is over.

GROWTH: Usually flowers within a year or two of planting. The rate of growth varies from slow (12″ or less a year) to fast (25″ or more a year) depending on the situation.

SUGGESTED USE: Plant in a shrub border or fragrance garden. Underplant with Scilla sibirica or species Crocus for a lovely early spring display.

No notable pests or diseases. Blossoms may be nipped by late frosts, so try to site the shrub where late-winter warmth won't encourage it to bloom too early.