Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Abelia floribunda

Abelia floribunda

Abelia floribunda

Common name:           
Plant Family:                Caprifoliaceae
Type:                         shrub, evergreen
Growth rate:                     medium,  height x width:  3 x 4 m. (9' 10" x 13' 1")
Growth habit:               arching
Main season of interest:              Summer
Predominant colours:     leaf ~    dark green
                                flower ~ pink
Position:                           full sun, partial shade
Soil:                                   dry, clay, sandy, pH preference: Any, pH tolerance: Any
Hardiness:                        minimum temperature -7°C (19.4°F), USDA Zone 9 to 11
Origin:                              Mexico

Evergreen shrub with arching branches and glossy dark green leaves. Clusters of pendant, long tubular, bright cerise-pink flowers in early summer.

Needs a sheltered, warm location with some protection from cold winds and hard frosts, as although frost hardy it may not survive long periods of very low temperatures. A position  against a warm sunny wall would be ideal.
If required, lightly prune back shoots after flowering.

By greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Design and Use Notes:
Shrub borders.

Other Notes:
Native to Mexico

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