Abeliophyllum distichum Oleaceae
White Forsythia, Korean Ablelialeaf a-be-li-o-FIL-um DIS-ti-kum
- Deciduous shrub 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) high and nearly equal width, multistemmed, rounded in outline with arching branches, often straggly. Stems are purplish-brown to tan, 4 sided, with ridges on vigorous ones. Leaves opposite, simple, entire, 5-9 cm long, spreading in two ranks, ovate to elliptic-ovate, no fall color. Flowers perfect, white or tinged with pink, 4-petaled, 1-1.5 cm diam., fragrant, appear in spring all along leafless branches. Winged fruit similar to that of an elm.
- Sun or light shade. Adaptable to many soil conditions, preferably well-drained, acid or alkaline. Occasionally needs heavy pruning after bloom to encourage flowering in subsequent years. Rather plain looking after flowering.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to Central Korea. The only species in Abeliophyllum.
- Abeliophyllum: abelio, referring to Abelia to which its leaves, phyllum, resemble.
distichum: in two ranks, referring to the leaves.