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Botanical name: Abelia chinensis
Other names: Chinese abelia, Abelia rupestris
Species: A. chinensis - A. chinensis is a spreading, deciduous shrub with pointed, ovate, glossy, dark-green leaves and panicles of fragrant, funnel-shaped, pink-flushed white flowers from summer to autumn.
Abelia chinensis is: Deciduous
Flower: Pale-pink, White in Summer; White, Pale-pink in Autumn
Foliage: Dark-green in Summer; Red, Orange in Winter
Fragrance: Perfumed flowers
Pests: Genrally trouble free
Diseases: Generally trouble fre
Pruning: Abelias regularly produce new growth from low down and thus benefit from moderate replacement pruning. Spring prune by removing dead or damaged growth. After flowering, cut back up to one in four flowered stems to strong new shoots or to the ground.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Semi-ripe cuttings, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Abelia chinensis (Chinese abelia) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.
Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Containers, Wallside and trellises
Cultivation: Plant in autumn or spring in well-drained soil, in a position protected from cold winds. Best to plant against a wall or in a full bed where neighboring shrubs provide shelter.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Loamy, Sandy|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Hardiness:||Tender in frost (H3)|
Discuss Abelia chinensis (Chinese abelia) with other Shoot members.
I have always used my fridge, with varing success for seeds that need stratification, keeping strict records of my sowing regimes (a throwback from my botanic garden days). When surfing around the web to obtain information on the different requirements of seeds to get them to germinate, I came across an article about Gibberellic Acid and how scientists in Japan have developed GA-3, a powder that, when mixed with water, makes a solution that can be used to break the dormancy of seeds that require "a winter", thus negating the need for stratification. Apparently it can also be used on old seeds to get them to germinate.
Has anyone else come across GA-3 and is it available to amateur gardeners or is it just for the trade?
In your description of Abelia chinensis you state that it is evergreen and then that it is deciduous. Which is correct?
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