White Forsythia

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White Forsythia, abeliophyllum distichum, is one of the earliest plants to bloom in spring with fragrant white, trumpet-shaped flowers. It is grown primarily for its very early, often profuse, spring bloom. This Forsythia forms a rounded shape with arching branches at maturity, and looks great planted in masses. The dark green summer foliage has a muted purple fall color. These late winter flowers can be showy despite their small size, since there are not yet leaves to hide them. The little blooms can occur in racemes of three to fifteen. You can bring some branches inside in February for earlier bloom. It has moderate growth rate to four or five feet high and wide. In the northwest it wants full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. Inland or further south it would want partial sun to partial shade. It's fairly low-maintenance just so long as it gets medium watering. It is not fussy about soil conditions but will not do well in a droughty spot. You can bring branches inside in February for earlier bloom.


White Forsythia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Abeliophyllum distichum
Foliage Medium to Dark Green
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White