Abelia shrubs can be purchased in many beautiful varieties. The abelia shrub is known for its trumpet-shaped flowers that dangle from branches of Glossy Abelia, also known as arbutus. You will find valuable facts and information given on growing this, and other varieties of abelia and abelia shrubs. Abelia brings your yard and garden to life by providing beautiful foliage and flowers to enjoy.
Glossy Abelia Shrub Facts
Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) is a deciduous shrub that is a semi-evergreen. It is known for its tall arching branches. It is also known as Glossy Abelia and is one of the more common varieities. It grows hardy in zones 6-9 and comes in a form that is dense, rounded, and spreading. It require sun to part shade and even moisture. You should have a well-drained acid soil.
Planting Abelia Shrubs
You should choose a site that has full sun to part shade. Planting it in correctly is necessary so that it will avoid getting damaged in severe winters. If the pH is too high, you may see signs of iron chlorosis. New growth will be less vigorous if planted in dry soils.
Glossy abelia does best in eastern and southern gardens in Zone 6 and higher. If the temps fall to −5 to −10, the stems will be damaged but the plant will not die.
Care of Glossy Abelia
You can transplant balled-and-burlapped plants in spring or container-grown during the growing season. The wood of the abelia can be brittle, so it may need some careful handling.
Space the plants 3-6” apart, closer for hedge planting. Water them thoroughly after planting. Apply 2-4” of shredded bark or wood-chip mulch around plants and replenish as necessary throughout the growing season. Keep the soil moist all through the growing season until the ground freezes. You can tell if it needs watering by checking the top 2” of soil. If the top 2” is dry, then you should water it thoroughly. It is very important to keep the plant consistently watered for the first 2 years.
You can apply a shrub fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro, in early spring. Apply it around the base of the plant and water it in well.
Pruning can be done occasionally when needed or when you have an established plant. You can remove 1/3 of the oldest shoots each in early spring to encourage new flowering shoots. You can also bring a little life back to your shrub by cutting back old plants about 6” in late winter. Plants will flower the same year after pruning. If you live in the North, you will need to prune off branches that have been winter killed.
Propagation of Abelia Shrubs
Propagation is done by taking softwood stem cuttings anytime foliage is on the plant. Seeds can be sown when they are ripe.
Problems with leaf spot and mildew may occur, but they are usually only damaging the surface, cosmetically. Aphids may become a problem on new, succulent growth.
Other Varieties of Abelia Shrubs
You might want to check out Abelia mosanensis, Abelia Edward Goucher, Abelia chinensis, Mardi Gras Abelia, Kaleidoscope Abelia, and Rose Creek Abelia.