With ease grown in common, medium, well-drained soil in full solar to part color. Satisfactory flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, organically wealthy soils which drain well. Somewhat evergreen within the South, but on the whole deciduous within the St. Louis area the place stems may undergo substantial harm (together with dying to the ground) in bloodless winters. Gigantic stem injury can be expected when winter temperatures method zero levels F. Exceptional sited in a protected vicinity in the St. Louis subject. Blooms on new timber, so prune as wanted (e.G., remove stems misplaced to iciness and, if preferred, thin to the bottom as much as 1/3 of old stems) in late winter to early spring.
- Noteworthy characteristics.
Abelia grandiflora is a go between A. Chinensis and A. Uniflora. It is a rounded, spreading, multi-stemmed shrub in the honeysuckle household. Often grows on gracefully arching branches to 2-four' tall in the St. Louis subject, however frequently taller (to 6' tall ) within the heat iciness climates of the South (USDA Zones 8-9). In years the place the stems die to the bottom in iciness but the plant survives, flowering will still arise, but on smaller plants that generally reach a top of only one-1.5'. Facets clusters of white-tinged-red, bell-shaped plant life (to three/four" long) which appear within the upper leaf axils and stem ends over a protracted and steady late spring to fall bloom interval. Flowers are aromatic. Ovate, glossy, darkish green leaves (to 1.25" lengthy) flip purplish-bronze in autumn.
Genus name honors Dr. Clarke Abel (1780-1826), general practitioner and naturalist, who gathered seed and crops as a part of a British expedition to China in 1817.
No critical insect or disorder issues. Wintry weather die-again could arise within the St. Louis field.
- Backyard uses.
Specimen or grouping or mass for shrub borders or foundations. Additionally effective as an casual hedge or low display (vegetation tend to lose attractive sleek shape if pruned or sheared to a extra formal hedge appear) in southern areas the place winter kill just isn't a challenge. Mass on slopes or banks for appealing shrubby duvet and erosion manipulate.