Abeliophyllum distichum Nakai

White Forsythia

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Abeliophyllum

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 3 to 5' tall, slightly less wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Fragrant white flowers in winter to spring, sometimes with a pink tinge to the buds. Does not tolerate wet conditions. Flowers on previous year's growth. Prune after blooming every 3 to 4 years for form. Foliage similar to Abelia. Well-drained soil.



Published in Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 33: 153 in 1919.

Native to Korea.

Introduced in 11924.

RHS First Class Certificate in 1944, Award of Merit in 1937.

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