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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Abelia genus. A genus of about 30 species of evergreen, and some deciduous, shrubs from eastern Asia and Mexico. In summer, Abelias produce an abundance of tubular shaped flowers in clusters for which they are grown. Foliage is dark green.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

Himalayas, E. Asia, Mexico.

The Abelia genus is named after Dr Abel, physician to the British ambassador Lord Amherst, despatched to China in 1816 to build relations with the court of the Quing dynasty.

Interest and use

Foliage and freely borne, elegant flowers, climbing.

Cultivation

Abelia shrubs are fully to half hardy, but in cold areas do best against a south or west facing wall. They require a sheltered, sunny position and fertile well drained soil. Remove dead wood in late spring and prune out older branches after flowering to restrict growth if required. Need staking.

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in the winter, softwood or greenwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Generally trouble free

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