Growing well in part shade Abelia schumannii does not have the glossy foliage as its relatives; however, its rosy pink flowers are more attractive. Although promoted as growing well in full sun, we believe it performs better with some protection from the hot afternoon sun.
Flowers are funnel-shaped and fragrant. They appear in late spring through summer. Use at the rear of the garden border, as a specimen or as a dividing plant in the border. They are also useful to grow beneath larger trees.
This plant is also promoted as evergreen and semi-deciduous. This simply means that depending how cold the winter is will determine how much foliage Abelia schumannii drops. Warmer climates and colder winters will make a difference.
Reaching a height of around 2m with a similar 2-3m spread, consider that this pretty plant is native to the low mountain forests of Sichuan. It does cope with dry conditions; however, things are a little cooler at this low mountain height. A humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil is best.
Pruning Abelia schumannii
It can be hard pruned every 4 – 5 years, although we recommend removing 1/3 of the canes every year or two once established.
This regular pruning of part of the plant is a better approach than most.
Planting Abelia schumannii
A good, well-drained soil is best. Dig in some well-rotted compost before planting.
Try to lighten heavier soils for best results.
Water Abelia schumannii in with liquid seaweed fertilizer and keep it watered during the first summer.
Mulch around plants to retain moisture.
- Height – 2m plus
- Width – 2-3m
- Position – Full sun to light afternoon shade
- Soil – Humus-rich, well-drained
- Foliage – Mid-green on long arching canes
- Flowers – Tubular bell-shaped. Two-toned lilac pink and white
- Flowering period – Spring
- Abelia x grandiflora
- Abelia chinensis
- Abelia uniflora