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PlantFiles: Hardy Abelia
Abelia mosanensis

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: mosanensis (mo-sahn-EN-sis) (Info)

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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

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:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Salzoo On Sep 2, 2014, Salzoo from Sigulda
Latvia wrote:

...fact - dendrology in Latvia - Aija Kaskure: she is, which of the hundreds of seedlings found one clone Abelia mosanensis , which turned out well to us winter hardiness in Latvia and from her this plant went to trade throughout Europe...

Positive sladeofsky On Jun 1, 2011, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I think there is some confusion over this plant's origins. I've read on several websites that it is from Latvia. That would be major scientific news as Abelias aren't considered native to Europe. The plant is listed as native to Korea, which makes more sense. What I'm assuming happenned, is that the mother plant from which it came into cultivation in the US was growing in Latvia but it is native to Korea.

Positive RosieInGeorgia On Apr 18, 2007, RosieInGeorgia from Gainesville, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Also in North Georgia, zone 7A/B. My two-year-old trial plant took this cruel spring's summer temps followed by hard freeze in stride and currently, mid-April, is covered with clusters of little flowers. The sweet fragrance wafting across the garden has made me realize that just one is not nearly enough; I need a large clump of them. It's fairly drought-tolerant and nothing has bothered it so far. Appearance in and out of bloom is modest and unassuming, but it is a fabulous backdrop plant and my early irises and Chinese snowball are blooming at the same time...

Neutral Decumbent On Nov 5, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

The fragrance and flowers are every bit as good as Viburnum x juddii, but the form of this plant is just awful. The word "straggly" is too kind. Fall color, however, is a pick-me-up in the fall.

Breeders should get to work to produce a compact, nicely formed cultivar of this species.

Neutral stressbaby On Jun 29, 2006, stressbaby from Fulton, MO wrote:

I have half a dozen of this Abelia species in full sun. Vigorous shoots grow from the base of the plant and are easily broken off by wind. Easily propagated from June cuttings. Quite fragrant. Good fall color and fragrance may not be enough to make up for the graceless habit.

Positive laurawege On Apr 28, 2006, laurawege from Wayland, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a small one that has made it through it's first New England winter . Last year it had one flower on it I can't wait to see what it does this year , at this point ( April 28th 2006) it looks great!

Positive berrygirl On Apr 10, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This abelia is very fragrant! It is so easy to love and absolutely care-free for me. Our GA heat doesn't faze it at all. It does lose foliage in winter but no die-back [so far].

Positive seamusandclare On Feb 14, 2006, seamusandclare from Charleston, WV wrote:

A hardy 'Abelia' that was discoverd in the European Baltic State of Latvia ! Sumptuous fragrance, from rich pink flowers in May . Glossy foliage holds this plant up in the summer. Knockoutorange-red fall display. Rivals any lilac. Greyish white winter stems are even attractive. If you want to shape this plant trim after flower.


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

Sitka, Alaska
Braselton, Georgia
Evanston, Illinois
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Gorham, Maine
Columbia, Maryland
Earleville, Maryland
Wayland, Massachusetts
Helena, Montana
Piscataway, New Jersey
Millbrook, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Monroe, Ohio
Durant, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon

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