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Abelia Featured Plant of the Month  August  2011

Abelia Plant of the Month August 2011

Abelia is one of those shrubs you might find beside the Nandina & Crape Myrtle in your Grandmothers Garden. Having Pink or white tubular shaped flowers that attract nectar loving bees and butterflies. Abelias are evergreen or semi-evergreen depending on variety and placement with graceful arching branches.

The Abelia does require a certain level of maintenance to look its best.  This is the determining factor to some people if they want to maintain the Abelia due to its pruning needs.

  • Pruning: Abelias are prone to long leggy individual stems sometimes referred to as water sprouts that emerge from the center of the shrub. These stems can be pruned out anytime to keep shape more consistent.  Otherwise prune your Abelia with hand pruners for the best natural shape, or prune with shears to create a tight hedged look. Abelias take pruning well, however pruning spring or summer will delay flower production.
  • Sun: Find a sunny spot for the Abelia, it will tolerate some shade, but prefers sun.
  • Soil Needs: Prefers regular water, but is a tough shrub once established, needs well drained soil.

There are many varieties of Abelia, below are a few we regularly carry and stand beside as tough, beautiful and dependable varieties.

 

“Edward Goucher” 3-5’ tall and wide with pink flower. This variety is more similar to the traditional old fashioned Abelia. Makes a nice hedge.

 

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Edward Goucher Abelia

“Kaleidoscope” This is a lower growing Abelia reaching only 2-2 ½’ tall and wide. The colors of this shrub are as its name implies, having many colors to the foliage. Mostly lime but also having red and oranges with a green center to the leaves and the multicolored variegation on the outside edge. White flowers. 

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Kaleidoscope Abelia

“Little Richard” 3’ tall and wide with white flowers.

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Little Richard Abelia

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