(Chinese Abelia) An unusual but hardy, medium sized, semi-evergreen shrub native to China which has masses of lovely, lightly scented, tubular purple-pink flowers in mid summer.
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Native to Szechuan province in China, Abelia engleriana is an unusual semi-evergreen shrub with lightly scented, purple-pink, bell-shaped flowers in mid summer. These flowers have an eye-catching golden-orange throat.
The flowers appear on arching branches which are covered with bright green leaves. A superb shrub, usually having its best display of flowers once established when planted in a warm and sunny position.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Abelia engleriana requires shelter from cold winter winds.
- Flowering Period: July - September
- Flower Colour: Pale purple / pink
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Medium sized, rounded shrub.
- Height: 2 m (6 ft)
- Spread: 2 m (6 ft)
- Pruning To reduce size and encourage flowering, trim back by one third after flowering or in the spring.
- Notes: Abelia engleriana is semi-evergreen and may keep its leaves throughout mild winters. In colder winters the leaves will fall.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Light Shade
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Medium (1.5m - 3m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Dry/Sandy, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Acid, Soil: Not Fussy
- Special Features
- Evergreen, Honey Fungus Resistant, Flowers in Spring, Suitable for Containers