White forsythia is a nice alternative to the more famous golden yellow forsythia, as it brings a touch of creamy white to your garden, balcony or terrace.
White forsythia facts
Name – Abeliophyllum distichum
Family – Oleaceae
Type – bush
Height – 3 to 6 ½ feet (1 to 2 meters)
Exposure – full sun and part sun
Soil – ordinary, not too chalky
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – March and April
Special characteristic – Very hardy
Even though it bears the same name as the yellow forsythia, it isn’t of the same species.
Planting white forsythia
This shrub is best planted right at the beginning of fall or in spring, but avoid at all costs days of freezing or very hot weather.
- White forsythia does well in sun-filled or partly shaded locations.
- It tolerates shade but tends to flower less than in full sun.
Even though it is reputed to be hardy (it resists to the coldest temperatures in Western Europe), root development will be at its best and settling in will be optimized.
- Refer to our guidance on how to plant a shrub well.
It is also possible to grow white forsythia in a pot on a terrace or balcony, but provide for repotting every 2 or 3 years.
- When planting in pots, select shrub or flowered plant soil mix.
Pruning and caring for white forsythia
Korean white forsythia doesn’t really suffer from pruning and even should be pruned yearly in March to bloom better year after year.
Cut it back as much as you wish, trying to keep the shape as appealing as you can.
- Refer to all our guidelines on pruning shrubs.
Learn more about white forsythia
Native to Korea, white forsythia offers magnificent blooming at the end of winter or at the beginning of spring, towards February-March.
The fragrance of its flowers is not without touches of almonds, and is particularly pleasing to bees who love pollinating them.
The flowers are rather short-lived, but they are simply remarkable, and their early blooming is like a preview of your magnificent gardens-to-be…
Its small size makes it the ideal shrub for low-lying hedges.
White forsythia is often planted as a standalone, but also appears in groups, flower beds or flowered hedges.
Smart tip about white forsythia
In winter, mulch can be spread around the base of your white forsythia to protect roots from the cold, avoid weed growth and provide the soil with the organic matter it needs.
It also brings blooming forward by a few days.