Abelia Podcast

The abelia plant you see right behind the DHS office building is most likely an Abelia x grandiflora, a common hybrid developed in Italy of the Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora, both of which originated from China. Belonging to the Caprifoliacea or honeysuckle family (although some botanists argue that it's more linked to the Linnaeacea family), the Abelia grandiflora is also known as the glossy abelia due to its glossy green leaves although the leaves turn a red to green bronze in the winter. The leaves are about 1'' long and 1/2'' wide and oppositely arranged. You can spot this dicot from far away because it's a fair sized decidious rounded shrub (growing about 3-6ft tall and wide) covered in small whitish-pink flowers in the summer. If you look closely, you can also see that it has dense arching multi-stemmed branches with thin grey peeling bark. And taking a closer look at the flowers, you can see that they're terminal clusters of small 1'' funnel-shaped fragrant flowers that do a great job of attracting butterflies, making the abeliia a popular plant.
In addition to being fragrant, and attracting butterflies, abelias are also easy to grow. They have a fast growth rate and they're easy to transplant, only needing cuttings for propogation. Abelias prefer warm temperate climates. Abelias also do well in acidic to neutral soils but watch out for alkaline soils (abelias tend to develop chlorosis in alkaline soils or in cold weather). They do well in well drained loamy soils as they do not need too much water. Abelias are drought tolerant and can be thoroughly watered every 2-3 weeks. It'll thrive in partial shade or the full sun.
As a relatively low maintenance plant, the abelia makes great foundation planting, serves as a good hedge and fills the summer with beautiful flowers and butterflies. Take a look at it and enjoy the nice abelia bushes right in our own DHS campus. Abelia Home