Abeila plants are known for their glossy green leaves and delicate white flowers, making them a beautiful addition to any garden or outdoor space. To ensure that your Abelia plants stay healthy and happy, you should water them regularly and fertilize them twice a year. To make them look the best, you should prune them occasionally.
The Abelia plant also prefers partial sunlight and will not tolerate any frost. If planted in a sunny location, they will need about one to two inches of water a week. These plants are very drought-tolerant, so you should only water them when the soil appears dry. However, if the leaves start turning yellow or brown, this typically means that the plant is not getting enough water.
Abelias are considered invasive plants in some parts of the world, so be careful about where you choose to plant them if this is a concern for you. These plants spread fairly quickly, so they should only be planted once you are certain that you do not mind if they grow outside of your property line.
Varieties of Abelia
|Abelia adenotricha = Lonicera elisae|
|Abelia aitchinsonii = unplaced|
|Abelia angustifolia = Zabelia angustifolia|
|Abelia anhweiensis = Zabelia dielsii|
|Abelia aschersoniana = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia biflora = Zabelia biflora|
|Abelia brachystemon = Zabelia brachystemon|
|Abelia buchwaldii = Linnaea serrata|
|Abelia buddleioides = Zabelia buddleioides|
|Abelia cavaleriei = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia chinensis = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia chowii = unplaced|
|Abelia coreana = Zabelia dielsii|
|Abelia coriacea = Linnaea coriacea|
|Abelia corymbosa = Zabelia corymbosa|
|Abelia curviflora = Linnaea spathulata|
|Abelia davidii = Zabelia biflora|
|Abelia deutziifolia = Linnaea engleriana|
|Abelia dielsii = Zabelia dielsii|
|Abelia engleriana = Linnaea engleriana|
|Abelia fargesii = unplaced|
|Abelia floribunda = Linnaea floribunda|
|Abelia gracilenta = Linnaea forrestii|
|Abelia graebneriana = Linnaea engleriana|
|Abelia × grandiflora = Linnaea × grandiflora aka Abeila Kaleidoscope|
|Abelia grandifolia = Linnaea grandifolia|
|Abelia gymnocarpa = Linnaea serrata|
|Abelia hanceana = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia hersii = Zabelia dielsii|
|Abelia hirsuta = Linnaea floribunda|
|Abelia insularis = Zabelia biflora|
|Abelia integrifolia = Zabelia integrifolia|
|Abelia ionandra = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia ionostachya = Linnaea spathulata|
|Abelia koehneana = Linnaea engleriana|
|Abelia lipoensis = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia longituba = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia macrotera = Linnaea macrotera|
|Abelia mairei = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia mexicana = Linnaea mexicana|
|Abelia microphylla = Linnaea forrestii|
|Abelia mosanensis = Zabelia tyaihyonii|
|Abelia myrtilloides = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia occidentalis = Linnaea occidentalis|
|Abelia onkocarpa = Zabelia onkocarpa|
|Abelia parvifolia = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia rupestris = Linnaea chinensis|
|Abelia sanguinea = Linnaea spathulata|
|Abelia schischkinii = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia schumannii = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia serrata = Linnaea serrata|
|Abelia shikokiana = Zabelia biflora|
|Abelia spathulata = Linnaea spathulata|
|Abelia speciosa = Linnaea floribunda|
|Abelia splendens = Lonicera fragrantissima|
|Abelia tereticalyx = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia tetrasepala = Linnaea tetrasepala|
|Abelia tomentosa = Linnaea serrata|
|Abelia tyaihyonii = Zabelia tyaihyonii|
|Abelia umbellata = Zabelia umbellata|
|Abelia uniflora = Linnaea uniflora|
|Abelia verticillata = Linnaea parvifolia|
|Abelia zanderi = Zabelia dielsii|
Fertilizing your Abelias
You can fertilize twice a year, once in the early spring and again in late summer. Use a fertilizer that is designed for flowering plants or trees, as this will provide your Abelia with all of the nutrients it needs to grow and produce beautiful flowers. Pruning these plants regularly may also help them to grow larger and stronger, but you should avoid pruning when the flowers are blooming.
Abelia plants typically do not need to be trimmed or shaped at all, but if you feel that yours looks a little messy, try trimming it back with some sharp shears. If your Abelia is particularly tall or leggy, you may also choose to cut it back by about half its size.
They are typically sold in pots, so be sure to transfer them into a larger pot if they outgrow their current one. This will prevent the roots from becoming too crowded and uncomfortable. If you want to multiply your Abelia plants, try rooting some of their cuttings in some moist soil.
After you have taken care of your Abelia plants for a few months, they will begin to grow quickly and produce plenty of flowers for you to enjoy. Once the flowers die, you can remove them so that your plant can focus on its leaves instead of its blooms. If your weeds are beginning to crowd out your Abelia, you may also choose to remove them.
You should avoid pruning or cutting your Abelia plant in the fall, as this can damage their roots and prevent them from blooming in the springtime. If you notice that some of your leaves are discolored or falling off, it is fine to trim them back at this time. However, avoid cutting off all of the leaves at once and make sure to water your Abelia regularly while it is recovering from the trimming.
As you can see, caring for an Abelia plant is easy and enjoyable. These plants are drought-tolerant and require very little maintenance to survive and thrive in any climate or location. With a little care and attention, your Abelia will produce beautiful flowers year after year.