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Korean Abelia Abeliophyllum distichum

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Korean Abelia:

Previously known as:

  • Abelia aschersoniana (Graebn.) Rehder
  • Abelia cavaleriei H.Lév.
  • Abelia chinensis R.Br.
Phonetic Spelling
a-be-li-o-FIL-um DIS-ti-kum
Description

Drought tolerant; can be severely pruned every few years to reduce ragged appearance; not a specimen plant.  Multistem, arching rounded plant prefers full sun but tolerates partial shade.  Does not tolerate wet conditions but is adaptable to many soil types.  Prune immediately after flowering because flower buds develop on the current year's growth.  It does well to be planted in groups so the blooms can be enjoyed but in the background, as the plant is not that attractive after bloom. Native to Korea.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#purple#arching#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#white flowers#pink flowers#purple leaves#showy#fragrance
Cultivars:
Tags:
#purple#arching#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#white flowers#pink flowers#purple leaves#showy#fragrance
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Abeliophyllum
    Species:
    distichum
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Korea
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Description:
    Non-showy fruit similar to an elm
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White to lightly pink-tinted 4-petaled flowers open from purple buds in spring, March-April, before leaves emerge; borne in axillary racemes; mildly fragrant, not as showy as other forsythias
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, smooth-edged, simple, medium green leaves; 2 to 3.5 in. long; unremarkable purplish fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Surface:
    Corky Ridges
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought