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Abelia grandiflora 'Frances Mason' (Abelia, Golden abelia)

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Plant description

abelia grandiflora abelia francis mason

abelia grandiflora abelia francis mason flower

Abelia grandiflora 'Francis Mason' is a hardy evergreen medium to large shrub with a graceful, arching habit. The new foliage growth is golden, aging to medium to dark green with buttery yellow edging. They flower for months in spring to summer, with the pale pink flowers making a lovely contrast to the glossy foliage. The flowers are attractive to butterflies.

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: pink
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

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, insects.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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