Just bought this beauty for some winter colour, starting to flower now.
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.
Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Fragrants
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.
Foliage and freely borne, elegant flowers, climbing.
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.
Propagate by hardwood cuttings in the winter, softwood or greenwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Generally trouble free
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