Abelia

Abeila schumannii

Family: Caprifoliaceae


Plant type Shrub
Height 6 to 20 feet
Spread 6 to 15 feet
Habit Bushy
Foliage Evergreen to deciduous
Growth rate Slow
Interests Flowers
Uses Borders
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 8
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to part shade
Moisture Average
Soil type Neutral to slightly lime
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour Pink, red, white
Flower season Late summer to mid autumn
Flower size Small
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems
Features Scented flowers
Wildlife
Texture Medium

Abelias are a group of shrubs grown for their foliage and flowers. Plants can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen and vary in hardiness between zones 8 and 10, but often do best planted against a wall for extra warmth. Flowers are smallish and tubular, are either white, pink or red, are often scented and generally are borne from late summer to autumn. Sizes range from heights of 6 feet (2m) to 20 feet (7m).

They prefer a sunny position in a drier, slightly alkaline soil. In late spring, prune to remove dead wood and in late summer they can be pruned to restrict their size if necessary. Propagate by taking soft wood cuttings in summer.


Task Calendar

SeasonDetails
Late-spring Prune to remove dead wood
Late-Summer Prune for size if necessary

 

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