How to Care for Abelia Plants

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How to Care for Abelia Plants

How to Care for Abelia Plants

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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.

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Glossy Abelia


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