Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
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.
9 - 7
7 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m (6)
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Eastern Asia, China
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Pink, Rose
Brown, Sandy Brown
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border
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