How to grow Abeliophyllum distichum

Abeliophyllum distichum is a small, slow-growing shrub native to Korea, and the only species within the genus (monotypic). It was first described by Japanese botanist Takenoshin Nakai (1882–1952), and subsequently published in the Botanical Magazine, Tokyo (Shokubutsu-gaku zasshi) in 1919.

How to grow Abeliophyllum distichum

Abeliophyllum distichum was introduced to western science in 1924, however it is now endangered in the wild, occurring at only seven, undisclosed, sites.

It is a deciduous species, which under favourable growing conditions can be expected to reach 1–2 metres in height. The mid-green leaves are formed in opposites on the stem and can turn purple in the autumn before leaf drop.

The fragrant, white, pink-tinged blooms are produced in February, as or before the new foliage emerges. This timing is dependent on seasonal conditions. Each flower is approximately 1 cm long and is followed by a dry, winged fruit.

It is closely related to the genus Forsytha, and has proven to be a particularly hardy species. Be that as it may it needs a position that receive full sun to truly thrive.

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