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ABELIA x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'

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Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ABELIA x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'

Plant Common Name

Francis Mason Glossy Abelia, Glossy Abelia

General Description

The glossy abelia ‘Francis Mason’ is a dense, rounded shrub admired for its masses of long-lasting flowers and vibrant variegated foliage. It is evergreen in the warmer climates and semi-evergreen in its northernmost hardiness zones where winters are cold.

The ovate leaves of this selection are small and yellow-green with bright yellow edges. These are copper-hued when they first emerge in spring and turn brownish bronze in the cold of winter. Many flowers cover the branches through the growing season. The fragrant pink blooms are small, tubular and borne in clusters. 'Frances Mason' is slightly more compact and less vigorous than standard glossy abelia.

Plant glossy abelia in full sun to partial shade and acid to neutral, well-drained soil. It has surprising drought tolerance in partly shady locations. This resilient shrub responds well to pruning and is easily propagated by hardwood cuttings. A popular landscape shrub with beautiful, graceful branches which works well for foundation plantings, hedges or mass plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (5)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Yellow Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green, Gold, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown, Gray

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No