Friday, March 11, 2011

Abeliophyllum distichum roseum?

We moved a planting of Abeliophyllum last year from a bed adjacent to the stairway below the Davidia. It was just in a location that needed to look good 12 months a year and it really only was nice for two weeks. Abeliophyllum is a very early flowering shrub and when I checked it out this week one of the plants was distinctly pink. Others were the typical white of the species so I wonder if there isn't just regular variation throughout a population that will give you the pink form once out of ?20 plants.

2 comments:

College Gardener said...

Very pretty...Are there any pink selections on the market?

ChrisU said...

You do see A. distichum 'Roseum' offered once in a while. It seems to me that it's main asset is that it flowers before "big spring" happens. To me that's a very good thing. I have to admit though, that it's really a "special use" plant; even in flower, you have to bend over and have good vision to enjoy it. I like it a lot, but I am admittedly a plant geek!