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PlantFiles: Variegated Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Mardi Gras'

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelia (a-BEE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: x grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mardi Gras
Additional cultivar information: (PP15203)
Hybridized by Crowder; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plantfreak78 On Aug 9, 2008, plantfreak78 from Rolesville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've been growing three 'Mardi Gras' Abelias for a little over a year and I love them. The new foliage has a charming peachy pink color and the old leaves have a subtle creamy yellow variegation. It's not as bold and gaudy as 'Kaleidoscope' but it's brighter than the white-edged forms. So far it has a vigorous yet compact growth habit and no signs of reversion. And it was mostly evergreen through last winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Covington, Louisiana
Raleigh, North Carolina
Rolesville, North Carolina
Wichita Falls, Texas

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