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ABELIA 'Mardi Gras' PP15203
Hybrid Abelia, Mardi Gras Abelia
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Colorful in its foliage, whether just emerging or mature, Mardi Gras abelia is a great compact shrub selection! The popular shrub with a low, mounding habit was selected from a mutant branch on an Abelia chinensis with Abelia x grandiflora hybrid plant.
The leaves of this semi-evergreen shrub are pink when they emerge in spring, mature to green with a white variegated edge and revert to a coppery color from fall through winter. They grow upon stems that are red-copper. Small, mildly fragrant flowers of pale pink begin to appear in late spring and continue to through to fall. Attractive five-parted, rose-colored calyces (flower bud leaves) subtend each bloom and persist well after the flowers fall.
Preferred sites for 'Mardi Gras' are in full sun to partial shade and acidic to neutral, well-drained soil. In mild winter regions it remains fully evergreen. It is surprisingly drought tolerant, especially when planted in partial shade, and takes well to pruning, though it has a beautiful natural habit. This popular landscape shrub has a neat appearance and works well in foundation plantings, mixed borders or mass plantings. It is deer resistant and its flowers attract bees and butterflies.
9 - 5
6 - 9
H1, H2, 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, Partial Shade
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink
White, Green, Pink, Rose
White, Green, Rose
White, Dark Green, Rose
White, Dark Green, Rose, Burgundy
Dark Salmon, Copper, Sienna
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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