By TammyWhite
1 years ago

Abelia flowers

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Abelia × grandiflora is a semi-deciduous shrub of the family Caprifoliaceae, hybrid of the genus Abelia, from the species Abelia chinensis and A. uniflora.


It can reach up to 3 m in height - but usually does not exceed 1-1.5 m - with external branches somewhat pendulous and pubescent. The leaves are oval, generally opposite -except in the central branches, which are more robust and erect, with longer internodes and without or with few branches, where they are organized in whorls of 3 to 5 of the same size between them-, pointed, whole or loosely toothed, bright dark green. They measure between 2 and 6 cm in length and are arranged on the twigs to be always horizontal and oriented at noon. The flowers, of very pleasant fragrance, are organized in axillary or terminal tops of 1-3 flowers; They are of radiated symmetry of 5 petals welded with rounded lobes. The interior of said flared corolla is densely hairy-pubescent and the color is white, with pink-purple tints. They measure 1.5 and 2 cm -although certain cultivars have them larger- and have the calyx of 2-5 sepals of orange-brick color and almost patent, even in the pre-anthesis, and are persistent after said flowering. The androceo has 4 stamens, didynamos and the ovary is infernal, narrowly cylindrical, with three cells, one fertile and two that abort and the style is elongated and bulbous stigma. The fruit is an elongated cylindrical-conical achelo of 8-10 mm, thin, somewhat hairy or glabrous, with persistent sepals at the apex.

Abelia × grandiflora is a hybrid commonly grown in the Americas, Africa and Europe, but much less in China which is the place of origin of the 2 species (A. chinensis and A. uniflora) that have given rise to said hybrid, whose name vernacular in Chinese is 大 花 糯米 条 da hua nuo mi tiao.

It was cultivated for the first time in 1886, in the Rovelli nursery, on Lake Maggiore in Italy. It is used as an ornamental plant in gardens, or to form a barrier along with other shrubs. It is multiplied by cuttings. Very used in urban gardening.

It has an unusually long flowering, from mid-April to October at least. It flowers optimally in full sun, and in semi-shade it grows well, but it blooms less. It has great rusticity and supports almost any terrain and exhibition. Multiplication by softwood cutting.

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Deliana Good article about this beauty! 💕
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