A colorful, fragrant, and long-blooming selection, Abelia chinensis Ruby Anniversary™ packs its arching branches with pink buds that open into white-petalled trumpets from midsummer into fall. In autumn, its glossy foliage turns burgundy. A medium-size shrub that's ideal for foundation plantings or mixed borders. A Proven Winners® variety. 'Keiser' PP 21,632
Abelia is a genus in the Honeysuckle family that includes about 15–30 species native to eastern Asia and Mexico. Most are attractive, twiggy, evergreen or deciduous shrubs carrying a fragrant profusion of small tubular flowers, usually in summer and fall. Their colorful, leafy calyces often add to the display. Best in full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil; little pruning is needed.
For more information on growing Abelia, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Pronunciation: (uh-beel' yuh)
Abelias belong to the Honeysuckle family, and their exquisite fragrance brings to mind lazy afternoons on southern porches. Gracefully arching, multi-stemmed shrubs, Abelias have trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom on the current year's growth, and their glossy summer foliage turns shades of bronzy red and orange in fall. Some species can be killed to the ground in colder parts of their hardiness range, but will quickly re-grow. A splendid choice for shrub borders, informal hedges, and, of course, porch foundations.
Light/Watering: Full sun or partial shade. Water thoroughly after planting, and then give a new plant a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1″ per week). Please note that more is not better; when in doubt, don't water.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Plant in average, well drained garden soil. We recommend against fertilizing at planting time and during the first growing season in your garden. Plants need time to settle in before being pushed to grow. Most established plants grow best if fertilized with a light hand. Here at the Farm, we fertilize shrubs and trees just once -- in early spring -- with a light but even coverage of a balanced, granular fertilizer (such 10-10-10 or an organic fertilizer).
Continuing Care: Protect from strong winds. Where marginally hardy, grow Abelia against a south-facing wall. Powdery mildew is sometimes a problem. Prune lightly to maintain shape, and remove dead and intersecting branches in late winter or early spring while the shrub is still dormant.