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Helpful articles

DIY Retaining Walls. Learn about building a retaining wall for your garden. This article explains your options.

Angus's Top Gum Trees for Gardens. Angus Stewart's list of the best gum trees (Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora) for Australian gardens.

Grevilleas. Learn all about grevilleas from native plant expert Angus Stewart.

Planning your garden. Learn how to design a garden using a step-by-step approach.

Plant description

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Abelias are popular garden shrubs, hardy and drought tolerant, and relatively pest free. They also flower for months, with the flowers making a lovely contrast to the glossy foliage. 

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.

Abelias are native to China, Japan and Mexico. There is currently breeding underway to improve the Abelia, to achieve better flowering, fragrance, compactness and colours.

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

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White, pink
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: 10 metres

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies and other nectar loving insects.

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: wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-7.5

Diseases

Fungal root rot in wet conditions

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.

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