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Abelia spathulata

twin-flowering abelia

A small, bushy, deciduous shrub oval green leaves, tapering towards the ends. Young growth is bronze in colour and the scented clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers are white with orange markings inside. They bloom from mid spring to early summer

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Yellow Green Bronze
Summer White Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Abelia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with paired or whorled leaves and axillary or terminal clusters of funnel-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers in summer and autumn, sometimes with conspicuous, colourful calyces

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Ideal for containers

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8. May need hard pruning (Pruning group 6) every 3 to 4 years

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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