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Abelia ‘Mardi Gras’

Abelia x grandiflora

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 a 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 bloom time 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.

Origin: USA

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: PP 15,203

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 6 - 11
Height: 24 to 30-inches
61 to 76-centimeters
Spread: 48 to 60-inches
122 to 152-centimeters
Seasons: Summer, Late Summer, Autumn
Flower Colors: Pink, White
Foliage Colors: Variegated, Green, Blush new growth, White
Light Levels: Full-Sun
Growth Habit: Mounded
Usage: Containers, Garden border, Gardens, Hedging, Landscapes, Mass landscape planting, Pots
Patent Status: PP 15,203
Origin: USA

Grower Culture

Media: Well-draining media
pH: 5.5pH to 6.2pH
Fertilization: Medium | 225 ppm
Light: High
Water: Well-Drained to Moderate
Growing Temp Day: 62°F to 70°F | 17°C to 17°C
Growing Temp Night: 55°F to 60°F | 13°C to 13°C
Pinching: Yes
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
4-inch: 12 to 16-weeks with 1 ppp
1-gallon: 27 to 52-weeks with 1 ppp
3-gallon: 52 to 78-weeks with 1 ppp