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Fragrant Abelia

Abelia mosanensis

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Fragrant Abelia (Abelia mosanensis) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Fragrant Abelia flowers

Fragrant Abelia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fragrant Abelia (Abelia mosanensis) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Fragrant Abelia in bloom

Fragrant Abelia in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fragrant Abelia (Abelia mosanensis) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Fragrant Abelia in fall

Fragrant Abelia in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

This hansom shrub has lovely dark green glossy foliage that turns orange-red in fall; tidy, mounded habit and white trumpet flowers in spring; requires some sheltering from cold winds

Ornamental Features

Fragrant Abelia features dainty clusters of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. It has dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fragrant Abelia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fragrant Abelia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Fragrant Abelia will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Fragrant Abelia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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