Common Name Abelia

Botanical Name Abelia

Category Shrub-Deciduous

USDA Cold 4-9

Hardiness Zone

Flowers Small, trumpet-shaped, pinkish white

Normal Bloom Time Spring to summer depending on variety

Foliage Dark green to variegated

Special Features

Mature Size 3-6' H x 3-6'W Evergreen:

Growth Rate Moderate Attracts Butterflies:

Sunlight Requirements Full Sun to Light Sun Attracts Hummingbirds:

Soil Requirements Well-drained Has Fragrance:

Water Requirements Moderate to Moist Produces food for Birds:

Maintenance Level Moderate Drought Resistant:

Special Considerations Some older varieties can reach 10' or more Native Plant:

Good Fall Color:


Can be Invasive:


Deer "Resistant":
Description / Comments

Very disease resistant. Some, such as Kaleidoscope, are quite fragile at planting,

but easy to care for once established. Hardiness varies, check label for zones.

This is becoming an increasingly popular shrub as new varieties are being

introduced. Many do drop their leaves in the winter, but others such as

Kaleidoscope and Golden Anniversary keep their colorful foliage during normal

winters. It's a good idea to do some research on your particular purchase, as the

hardiness zone is varied. Most will tolerate some shade, but will generally not be

as compact. When left untrimmed, branches arch in a graceful, fountain manner.

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( This page created by the Cumberland County Master Gardeners Association as part of their Favorite Plants for the Plateau CD )