Plant of the Day – Abelia chinensis

The white flowers emerge from rosy calyces in terminal clusters and are absolute butterfly magnets.

The white flowers emerge from rosy buds in terminal clusters and are absolute butterfly magnets.

This classic abelia species is a great garden addition.  A. chinensis is a parent of many of our common hybrid abelias but is well worth a spot in the garden itself.  Chinese abelia grows 5’–7′ tall, and is covered with fragrant, white flowers from pink buds in July through September at the JC Raulston Arboretum. It flowers on new growth so it can be cut back hard at the beginning of the year and still produce an abundance of flowers. It is the ultimate butterfly magnet and no pollinator garden should be without one. Sun to part shade.

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Abelia chinensis flowers all season long.

Abelia chinensis flowers all season long.

Check out all the happenings at http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum

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