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
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