Monday, May 31, 2010

Abelia mosanensis

Korean Abelia is fairly new to the gardening world. It becomes a fairly large shrub, with a somewhat wild habit. 8-10 feet tall, a little less in spread with gracefully arching branches. In spring, May to June here in WI, it is covered with clusters of Daphne-like flowers that have the fragrance of Gardenia. Buds are formed on the old wood, so any pruning should be done shortly after it's done blooming. Fall brings orange fall color to the leaves. This beautiful shrub is fully hardy to zone 4, and should be fairly easy to grow. Average soil seems to suit it just fine, amend heavy clay with some compost to improve drainage. If you have room for just one large shrub, this is my pick for the year.

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