Abelia chinensis

Description: A semi evergreen shrub of great late summer/autumn interest so very useful to brighten a mixed border at this time. Dark green foliage with pink tinged white fragrant flowers in small clusters on new growth from July to September which attract butterflies. Drought tolerant.

Climate/Position: Thrives in full sun but also suited to partial shade. Protect from cold winter winds.

Height/Spread: 1.5 x 2 metres

Soil Requirements: Suitable for any soil type. Prefers moist, well-drained soil but is tolerant of drought.

Pruning: If pruning is required or to rejuvenate old plants then cut out a number of the oldest twiggy shoots at ground level in spring. Tips of shoots may suffer die back in the coldest winters and therefore it may be desirable to trim these dead shoots back to growing points in late spring.

Special Requirements: A sheltered site or wall protection is preferred in colder areas.