Abelia ‘Mardi Gras’
Abelia x grandiflora (glossy abelia) has long since established itself as a mainstay of the market in the South. As a durable broad-leaved evergreen, glossy abelia has the proven track record of performance, which has endeared itself to landscapers in markets throughout zones 6 to 10. A festival of color splashes across the foliage of this compact semi-evergreen shrub. In spring, the new growth is tipped in bright pink which softens to a sparkling mound of creamy white and green leaves. In early summer, lightly fragrant shell pink flowers appear; these flowers dot the shrub extending its bloomtime from summer until early fall. Unlike many of the other variegated abelias, Abelia ‘Mardi Gras’ is a strong grower and is not prone to losing its variegation over time. Use it as an accent shrub to add a touch of unusual color to the landscape. Its fine foliage will set off the garden’s bolder leaved plants. Add it to perennial plantings to provide structure and background, or use it in container plantings.
Description / Plant Notes:
- USDA Zone 6 (-10°F or -23°C)
- Compact mounding habit (2.5’ x 5’)
- Best grown in part shade for full foliage effect
Patent Status: USPP #15,203