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Miss Lemon Dwarf Abelia
Miss Lemon is a new dwarf Abelia that sports some very colorful tricolor yellow, dark green, and white foliage. An abundance of fragrant, pale pink to white flowers are produced during summer and into fall. More details below

Miss Lemon Dwarf Abelia

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Miss Lemon Abelia
Abelia grandiflora  'Hopleys' 'Lemon Zest'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Abelia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Another fine selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection, 'Miss Lemon' is a dwarf Abelia that sports some very colorful tricolor yellow, dark green, and white foliage. It grows to only 2.5 to 3 feet in height with an equal to slightly larger spread. An abundance of fragrant, soft pink to white flowers are produced during summer and into fall. In our gardens it has demonstrated very good resistance to heat, humidity, disease and drought, and insects and deer don't touch it. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the flowers. One of the most attractive and tough plants in our gardens!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Miss Lemon Abelia has many uses in the landscape. It's smaller size fits nicely as an accent or specimen in smaller landscape spaces, and also does quite well in medium to large size pots, provided the drainage is good. In larger landscape spaces, we use it in small to large groupings or mass plantings on embankments, or as a low hedge. It's the perfect choice for underplanting a crape myrtle, taller growing upright Japanese maples, chaste tree (Vitex), or other small trees. Stunning when combined with other plants and trees that have purple, red or dark green foliage, such as Loropetalumspurple leaved Crape myrtles, and red-leaved Japanese maples.

A fine addition to butterfly and hummingbord gardens. Asian-themed gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs)


Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges, 6'+ for space between plants






Cultural Preferences

Miss Lemon Abelia is very easy to grow in most any average soil in full sun to part shade. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil however is exceptionally tolerant of dry soil conditions when established. The best flowering and foliage color occur in full to mostly sun. Maintenance is minimal. We prune our Abelia for shaping purposes one time a year in late winter or early spring. That said, plants respond very well to shearing for hedges or formal shapes. It is evergreen in the southern zones where it grows and might be semi-deciduous some winters in zones north of 7a-7b.




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Evergreen Shrub (May be semi-deciduous in northern zones)
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White to Pale Pink
Flower Size:  Small, 0.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Summer, Mid-Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall
Flower Type:  Single, Bell-shape
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color: Yellow, White, Medium Green, Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low Once Established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist, Well Drained Dry
Soil pH:  5.0 - 8.0 (Acid to Mildly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Butterflies, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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