Glossy Adina, Chinese Buttonbush
Adina rubella

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Adina (AD-eye-nuh) (Info)
Species: rubella (ROO-bel-uh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Saint Louis, Missouri

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 24, 2014, Weerobin from Saint Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I like this plant for it's midsummer bloom, tolerance of shade, shiny clean foliage, deer resistance (so far) and bizarre flowers. To give an idea of hardiness, it was rated zone 7, but has grown for 10yrs in St Louis zone 6a. But the severe winter of '13-'14 knocked it back severely, though is returning from the base. So to be safe, I'd say only root hardy to 6a.

Neutral

On Jan 6, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From the Southern Living Gardening Book: This Chinese native looks much like our native buttonbush(Cephalanthus), but it's showier. Fragrant pink flowers that look like little pin-cushions appear atop the plant from late spring to late summer. The glossy, bronzy green leaves, similar to those of abelia, persist in to late fall. Grows 6-10 ft. tall and wide and needs fertile, well-drained soil. No serious pests or diseases.