Abelia Shrubs

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Abelia Grandiflora

ABELIA (a-be’lia) . A decorative medium-high shrub that should be better known. Has glossy foliage and pink tubular (floribunda) or white (A. chinensis var. grandiflora) flowers. The compact habit and arching canes of latter variety make it a garden gem. A uniflora pink and orange throated, is very difficult to obtain, but is the most striking of them all. Grows 6 feet in good soils, less in sand. Prune fairly severely in early spring. A front row shrub and splendid for honey-¬≠eating birds. Take cuttings of top pieces about 3 inches long for propagation. Strike in sand. Softwood cuttings in Summer. Hardwood in Winter. A. Uniflora is very difficult to propagate and is, as a result, quite scarce.

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