Abeliophyllum distichum

Abeliophyllum distichum


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Enchantingly, Abeliophyllum distichum produces its pretty, long-petalled flowers with bright yellow eyes in very early spring. With delicate, deep burgundy stalks, the blooms burst straight from the plant’s slender stems and bring with them a delightful fragrance. The impact at that time of year is more subtle but as welcome, and similar in form, to forsythia, hence its common name: White forsythia.

Although a member of the olive family, A. distichum is extremely hardy, its bushy habit reaching up to 2.5m after a decade or so, the foliage an attractive dark green. It can be trained against walls or trellising and once established, provides superbly scented stems for flower arrangements.

Pot Size: 3L

Common Name: White forsythia

Hardiness: Hardy

Height and Spread: 100-150m x 150-250cm in 10-20 years

Preferred Soil Type: Fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

Aspect: Full sun

Flowering Period: February – March