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Abelia

Abelia are small to medium sized shrubs, deciduous native to semi evergreen clumping shrub from both Asia and North America with Abelia grandiflora (glossy abelia) and Dwarf abelia being popular.

Grown for the attractive flowers that appear on long arching stems, they are easy to grow however are not suited to some of the colder USDA zones

Abelia kaleidoscope is a new release and is a compact variegated form. Abelia x grandiflora 'Variegata' (picture right) is an attracive cultivar. Flowers appear in spring and attract butterflies, bees and birds.

Some abelia are evergreen, however cold climate abelia are deciduous. Abelia are attractive to butterflies and abelia will grow best in a humus rich well drained soil. Best suited to zonesUSDA 6 - 9. Abelias will be evergreen in warmer zones 7 and warmer.

Varieties

  • Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' is one of the more compact varieties that will reach around 4 - 5 ft. White flowers and good green foliage.
  • Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' is one of the newer cultivars with great variegated foliage, green witth golden yellow centres. White flowers have a slight fragrance.

Propagation

Propagation is easy by taking softwood cuttings in late spring, semi hardwood cuttings in fall are also suitable, best wintered in a cold frame.

 

Where to buy

BLUESTONE PERENNIALS
Offering a wide selection of bulbs, perennials, grasses, herbs trees and shrubs.
www.bluestoneperennials.com

SEQUIM RARE PLANTS
500 N. Sequim Ave. Sequim, WA 98382
Small mail order nursery with a very intersting range of perennials and other plants.
www.sequimrareplants.com