|Abeliophyllum distichum subsp. var.||Korean Abelialeaf, White Forsythia|
Abeliophyllum distichum (White Forsythia, Korean Abelialeaf) is the only species in it's genus of flowering plants, in the family Oleaceae. It is endemic to Korea, where it is endangered in the wild, occurring at only seven sites. It is related to Forsythia, but differs in having white, not yellow, flowers.
It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1-2 m tall. The leaves are opposite, simple, 6-10 cm long and 3-4.5 cm wide, pubescent both above and below. The flowers are produced in early spring before the new leaves appear; they are white, about 1 cm long, with a four-lobed corolla. The fruit is a round, winged samara 2-3 cm diameter.
It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in Europe and North America.
Prefers fertile soil with good drainage and full sun.
By layering in the summer, or root either greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings.
Pests and diseases
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