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Abelia grandiflora 'Bumble Bee' (Abelia)

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Plant description

abelia grandiflora bumble bee.

abelia grandiflora bumble bee

Abelia grandiflora 'Bumble Bee'  is a hardy evergreen medium to large shrub with a graceful, arching habit. It has white flowers tinged with mauve, and the flowers are lightly fragrant and are attractive to butterflies. The foliage is glossy and dense and colours in autumn.

Abelias are popular garden and landscaping shrubs, hardy and drought tolerant, and relatively pest free. Plant Abelia in sun or part shade. It will do best in a moist humus rich soil, but is tolerant of less than ideal conditions. Abelia can be lightly pruned to keep the natural shape with arching branches, or heavily pruned to form a dense hedge. Tolerates light frosts.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.7 metres

Maximum width: 1.2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, bees, birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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