Mar 2012 419 Abeliophyllum distichum Roseum group.
2 years ago I planted a Chimonanthus or thought I did. Maybe I only planned to in my head for I find no mention of buying one in my records. This year the shrub flowered but it was the wrong colour so I wrote to Amateur gardening to check the id. Just after we moved here, in Feb 2005 I bought something the mail order company called a white forsythia and was disappointed when I kept looking for its flowering but nothing happened. It seemed to have disappeared. Instead a lilac looking shrub grew there which didn't flower and was too big for the position so we removed it and I thought i'd planted the Chimonanthus in its place. Amateur gardening tells me that the shrub there is related to forsythia. It's Abeliophyllum distichum Roseum group, a relative of forsythia. The type plant is white. It's a shrub from open Korean hillsides that grows to about 1.2m.. It's so pretty with a beautiful sweet almond scent. I conclude that the thug shrub that turned up in the position had smothered it and it only began to thrive once that was removed.
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