Common Name: Abelia
Type: Deciduous Shrub
Zone: 5 – 9
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 3 - 6 feet
Spread: 3 - 6 feet
Bloom Time: May - September
Flowers: Light Pink- Funnel Shaped Flowers
Foliage: Ovate, glossy, dark green - Turn purplish-bronze in autumn
Attributes and Features: Attracts Butterflies, Showy, Fragrant Flowers, Ovate, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1.25" long) turn purplish-bronze in autumn.
Graceful, arching branches densely clothed with oval, usually glossy leaves 1/2–1 1/2 inches long; bronzy new growth. Tubular or bell-shaped flowers in clusters at ends of branches or among leaves. Though small, blossoms are plentiful enough to be showy, mostly during summer and early fall. When blooms drop, they usually leave purplish or copper-colored sepals that provide color into the fall months. Leaves also may take on bronzy tints in fall.
Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun.
Prefers moist, organically rich soils which drain well.
Needs winter protection. Stem damage can be expected when winter temperatures approach zero degrees F. Best sited in a protected location.
To keep the shrub’s graceful form, prune selectively; don’t shear. The more stems you cut to the ground in winter or early spring, the more open and arching next year’s growth will be.
Blooms on new wood, so prune as needed (e.g., remove stems lost to winter and, if desired, thin to the ground up to 1/3 of old stems) in late winter to early spring.