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ABELIA x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'
Francis Mason Glossy Abelia, Glossy Abelia
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.
9 - 6
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
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (5)
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink
Yellow, Yellow Green, Copper
Yellow Green, Gold
Yellow Green, Gold, Bronze
Yellow Green, Bronze
Tan, Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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