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ABELIA chinensis

Image of Abelia chinensis

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ABELIA chinensis

Plant Common Name

Chinese Abelia

General Description

This underused Asian native is a broad, upright semi-evergreen shrub with arching branches. Chinese abelia is not often seen in the landscape but has many admirable features.

It is primarily grown for the clusters of fragrant flowers that appear on its fuzzy red-hued branches in late summer. The small tubular blooms are white and subtended by five-parted dusty rose sepals. Its small leaves emerge burgundy red, transition to glossy dark green and turn shades of rosy dark green in winter.

Plant this low-maintenance shrub in full to partial sun and moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Chinese abelia makes a great specimen plant and works well in informal hedges or mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m (6)

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m (6)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No