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PlantFiles: Glossy Adina, Chinese Buttonbush
Adina rubella

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Weerobin 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 berrygirl 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.


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

Saint Louis, Missouri
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia

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