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Genus Abelia (Abelia)

Abelia Abelia X grandiflora Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
ah-BEE-lee-ah Common Name: Abelia
Abelias are shrubs found on hillsides and open woodlands from the Himalayas to East Asia and in Mexico. The clusters of tubular flowers are borne on the current year's growth in summer and autumn. In many species the floral parts remain showy after the flowering period.
Noteworthy characteristics: Deciduous and evergreen shrubs grown for pleasing foliage with an opposite leaf arrangement and for a long blooming period. Place in a sunny or partially shaded border.
Care: Provide fertile, well-drained soil, and sun to part shade. Shelter from wind. Prune minimally.
Propagation: Root cuttings in early or late summer.
Problems: Anthracnose, leaf spots, powdery mildew, fungal root rots.

Species, varieties and cultivars for genus Abelia

Abelia × grandiflora Abelia × grandiflora
(Glossy abelia)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This is a rounded, semi-evergreen shrub to 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide with glossy, dark green leaves. From midsummer to autumn, it produces fragrant, funnel-shaped white flowers that are tinged with pink.

Abelia × grandiflora 'Confetti' Abelia × grandiflora 'Confetti'
(Variegated glossy abelia)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

'Confetti' offers finely textured medium green foliage variegated with creamy white and pink. Pale pink tubular flowers appear in late summer or fall. This rounded, semi-evergreen shrub grows to about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.