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Cultural Details for Abeliophyllum distichum

Common Name:
White Forsythia, Korean Abelialeaf

Growth Rate:
Slow to fast, will vary depending on situation.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, white or faintly tinged pink, 4-petaled, 0.375 to 0.625” across, fragrant, borne in 0.5 to 1.5” long auxiliary racemes in March-April before the leaves; entire inflorescence occurs at end of shoots and would be classified as a racemose panicle

Fruit Details:
Two-celled compressed rounded capsule which is winged all around; similar to an elm fruit; not ornamental.

Fall Color:
No significant change in fall although muted yellow-brown to mute purple have developed on occasion.

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious problems

Native Habitat:
Central Korea. Introduced 1924

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted; proper sitting is important; prefers well drained organic soil; renew frequently by heavy pruning immediately after flowering; Zone (4)5-8; Full sun to part shade; pH adaptable,

This plant was blooming:
3/22/2007 - 3/30/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 54

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.