Abeliophyllum distichum is also known as the White forsythia and indeed is similar in appearance but with white flowers on bare stems. A useful addition to the border as it flowers early in late winter to early spring, creamy white fragrant flowers.
The flowers of this deciduous plant are often cut for indoor use. Blue green foliage will turn to a nice purple in autumn, drought tolerant this is an excellent plant for early spring colour in the garden.
Care and Landscaping uses
Used as a filler in the border, as a specimen plant and often used as sort of ‘fence cover, where it is tied back against a fence and spread along wires, a wall of flowers. It will reach a height of 1.5 – 2m taller against a fence with some support.
A humus rich well drained moist soil and a sunny position. Prune back some of the old growth at the end of autumn or late winter to keep it happy and healthy. Mulch well to provide a cool root run.
Propagation is easy from cuttings taken in summer.
Abeliophyllum distichum is available for sale from the following nurseries
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.