Abelia parvifolia 'Bumblebee'


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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection in colder areas)

    In late summer and autumn, the arching branches are laden with a mass of funnel-shaped, lilac-pink flowers, while in spring, the mid-green leaves emerge with a bronze flush. This is a wonderful deciduous shrub, that will put on a continuous display over several months, attracting beneficial insects and providing lots of late colour to the shrub border.

  • Garden care: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In autumn after flowering, lightly trim back the flowered shoots to retain a neat and tidy shape. Remove any dead or damaged wood in April. Protect from cold, drying winds.

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