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White Forsythia

White Forsythia

The delicate pink forsythia Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum' and its white-flowered relative, the snow-coloured white forsythia (Abeliophyllum distichum), steal the show from other blossoms in more and more gardens. As exquisitely as these compactly growing flowering shrubs look and smell so finely, these ornamental plants are very simple and uncomplicated in terms of location and soil requirements in the garden. Since the growth of these trees remains compact, they are also becoming increasingly popular for smaller gardens. Year after year, these pretty plants enchant the early spring in the garden with their intense, long-lasting pink splendour of flowers and their delicate, almond fragrance. They compete with the classic yellow forsythia in terms of popularity in the garden. Although the flowers of the pink forsythia and white forsythia look practically the same as those of the yellow forsythia, these trees are not related to each other.

Pink and White Forsythias

While the last snow melts on the garden beds and the ordinary forsythia are still asleep, the buds of the pink forsythia Abeliophyllum distichum (Roseum) and white forsythia already sprout from the old wood of the branches, and the pink or white flowers of these plants often already open in February, but certainly early in March. All through March, the compact shrubs wrap themselves in opulent pink or white flowers and spread their delicate floral fragrance in the garden. These ornamental shrubs smell particularly intense when they are planted in the garden in front of a warm wall, where the aroma of pink or white flowers can fully unfold under the first rays of the new garden season. Pink forsythia as well as white forsythia both have a height of 150 to 200 centimetres and a similar width. Therefore, these ornamental shrubs are also ideal for small gardens, where they open their pink and white flowers year after year.

   
 
   
 

White Forsythia

The pink forsythia Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum' usually flowers in March, in mild winters sometimes in January and February. It then wraps itself for weeks in an opulent rose-pink sea of ​​flowers and smells delicately of almond blossoms. Anyone who loves pastel colours in the garden will be very happy with this variety. It is also perfect as a compact hedge for smaller gardens. The white forsythia Abeliophyllum distichum blooms in March and has dense, lavishly lush flowers. Most of the flowers are snow white, but sometimes slightly rosy tinged. In mild winters, the flowers sometimes open in January and February and enchant the nose with their sweet scent. In contrast to the yellow forsythia, their growth remains compact. It is a good solitary plant as well as a beautiful, attractive hedge plant for smaller gardens. Incidentally, the two types are particularly beautiful in combination with early-flowering daffodils such as Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' or Narcissus 'February Gold'.

The Best Location

In nature, the pink flowering forsythias (Abeliophyllum) occur on open slopes in Korea. Here, these pretty flower shrubs thrive in every normal garden soil. The ideal location is a sunny to partially shaded site that is sheltered. These ornamental shrubs, which bloom in pink in March, are completely frost hardy here. However, in a too exposed location, the flowers of these plants may be damaged by late frosts in a cold year, so a mild, protected location is recommended. It is also important that they are not planted in a depression, a so-called pool of cold air lake or frost trap. In addition, one must make sure that these trees are not subject to waterlogging. Pink forsythias like it a bit damp, but when the roots are too wet they will rot. These ornamental shrubs can even grow well in a pot on a balcony if they are regularly watered. In terms of fragrance, the pink forsythia and white forsythia have the best intense fragrance in front of a warm wall illuminated by the sun.

Planting, Care and Pruning

The planting hole for this ornamental shrub should be twice as big as the root ball of the bush. The soil all around must be slightly loosened before planting, and if the soil in the garden is lean and nutrient-poor, a little compost should be incorporated before planting the shrub. When the planting hole is ready, carefully remove the forsythia (A. distichum 'Roseum') from the container and tear open the root ball well so that the plant can gain a firm foothold and spread at the new location. Place the roots of the shrub loosely in the planting hole and then fill it with soil, pressing down and finally watering the plant in. In the first season the plant should be watered well when it is dry, after which the pink and white forsythias will take care of themselves. These grateful, easy to care for ornamental shrubs are usually unaffected by disease or pests, and as far as pruning is concerned, after a few years this can be done to rejuvenate the plants. Cut back all of the shoots by one-third and also cut the oldest and thickest shoots at the base. This should be done every two to three years.

Propagation

During the summer after the pink flowers in March the pink flowering forsythia (A. distichum 'Roseum') forms small nuts that are broadly winged. Sowing is not easy. However, pink and white forsythias are quite easy to propagate from cuttings. The cuttings should be cut in the summer using the semi-woody shoots. It is also possible to secure a low-lying branch to the ground with a wire clamp and wait for new roots to form at the point of contact. Then the branch of these forsythias (A. distichum 'Roseum') can be cut off and planted in a pot until it grows into a vigorous new pretty ornamental shrub.

 

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