White Forsythia

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q&a-1Hey plant friends, any idea what this is? The basic plant structure resembles Forsythia and the flowers look like small Honeysuckle blooms. The plants were scattered along the stream alongside the Linear Trail in Erwin.

From C. Cook



It wasn’t immediately familiar to us but a little digging found that link above. It looks like it’s a “White Fosythia” by nickname. Not a common growing plant – very pretty!

White forsythia is native to a small area of central Korea. It is seriously endangered in the wild as it is regarded as a medicinal plant with properties similar to witch hazel, and is illegally harvested for the black market trade in Korea. It is widely grown as a cultivated garden plant, however, so there is no risk of extinction other than in the wild.

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