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Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia is a genus of about 30 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs. They are cultivated for their attractive foliage and profusion of flowers. Abelia floribunda is an attractive shrub with pink flowers and Abelia x grandiflora have dainty white flowers. They are popular as fillers in flower arranging or as hedges in gardens - often clipped into shapes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

Flowering branches can be harvested for the vase, remove the lower leaves and split their woody stems vertically a few centimeters up. Then place directly into a bucket of water before arranging, this helps with water uptake.

Propagation

Cuttings
Root softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Special features

Autumn colour
Leaves turn from green to bronze-red.
Hedge plant
Can be grown into a hedge.

Geography

Origin
Eastern Asia, Japan west to the Himalaya and southern parts of North America, including Mexico
Natural climate
Temperate interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Caprifoliaceae
Flower colour
White to pink, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally trouble free

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