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 (ə-bē′lē-ə, ə-bēl′yə)
Any of various deciduous or evergreen ornamental shrubs of the genus Abelia, native to Asia and Mexico and having small tubular white, pink, or purple flowers.

[New Latin, after Clarke Abel (1780-1826), British botanist.]


(Plants) an ornamental garden shrub with pink or white flowers
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Noun1.abelia - any of various deciduous or evergreen ornamental shrubs of the genus Abelia having opposite simple leaves and cymes of small white or pink or purplish flowers; Asia and Mexico
genus Abelia - chiefly east Asian shrubs
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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This pathogen also causes root rots of ornamental plants such as abelia, acacia, cedar, california poppy, privet, lobelia and many others (Pirone 1978).
However, a few select plants will be available in Q3, 2011, including Abelia Kaleidoscope, Buxus Golden Dream, Ceanothust El Dorado, Rosmarinus Roman Beauty and Agapanthus Gold Strike, among others.
Deciduous plants that are dormant in the winter - shrub roses, cornus (dogwood), willow, poplar, ribes (flowering currants), spiraea, abelia, deutzia, kerria, philadelphus and viburnums.
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Cantelo & Jacobson 1979), glossy abelia, Abelia grandiflora (Andre) (Grant 1971), night blooming jessamine, Cestrum nocturnum (Heath et al.
Abelia is the first entry in most books about shrubs but is not so high on gardeners' plant priority lists.
A shrub - viburnum, rhaphiolepis, oleander, abelia - is supposed to keep its health and vigor for 30 years or more, whereas flowering perennials - salvias, marguerite daisies, dusty millers, and abutilons - will be fortunate to look good for five years before weakening and ending up on the compost heap.
Shining silver trays held delectable tidbits of food on the Queen Anne dining table that was adorned with a vibrant arrangement of roses, iris, stock, snapdragons, and abelia in an heirloom silver epergne.
Abelia, ornamental grasses, salvias--any plant with a billowy habit--would create the same effect.
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Then there is Abelia grandiflora Gold Dust, a fountain-like shrub with gold variegated foliage in the spring, which becomes flushed with pink as the weather warms.
Just about every plant from Abelia to Zizania is listed in the ultimate gardening reference book - the Royal Horticultural Society's A-Z Encyclopedia Of Garden Plants.