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Rose Creek Dwarf Abelia
Rose Creek Abelia is a flowering powerhouse producing LOADS of pretty flowers, and some very handsome and colorful foliage. Starting in late spring, the fragrant, white tubular flowers are produced in 3-inch clusters at the end of almost every branch. In the fall, the flower sepals take on a dusty rose color. More details below.

Rose Creek Dwarf Abelia

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Rose Creek Dwarf Abelia
Abelia 'Rose Creek'

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

Note: Four our customers who live and garden North of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a where this Abelia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know that 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

With so many great attributes, where do we start? Well, since it has the most outstanding flowers of any dwarf abelia in our gardens, we'll start there. Rose Creek is a dwarf mounding abelia featuring red stems and glossy deep green leaves that turn to interesting shades of purple in colder weather, contrasting beautifully with the pink flower sepals and adding winter interest in the landscape. The dense mounds typically mature to 2-3’ tall and 3-4’ wide in the landscape. 

Rose Creek Abelia might not have the brightly colored foliage of some of the golden-leaved varieties but it's still a year round color factory, and one of our favorites!  While many of the new dwarf abelia cultivars are prized for their colorful foliage, and not their flowers, Rose Creek Abelia is a flowering powerhouse producing LOADS of pretty flowers, and, not too mention, some very handsome and colorful foliage. Starting in late spring, the fragrant, pretty white tubular flowers are produced densely in 3-inch snowball-shape clusters at the end of almost every branch on the shrub. As temperatures cool in the fall, the flower sepals take on a dusty rose color. Both butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Rose Creek 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, which allows those of you who live in zones above where it is cold hardy to overwinter it indoors. In larger landscape spaces, we use Rose Creek Abelia in small to large groupings or mass plantings on embankments, or as a low hedge. It's the perfect choice for underplanting a small tree such as crape myrtle, taller growing upright Japanese maples, or chaste tree (Vitex). 

Cultural Preferences

Rose Creek 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'
Spacing:  2.5-3' for solid hedge; 4' to touch but maintain plants form; 6 feet for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White, Pink Flower Sepals in Fall
Flower Size:  Small, 0.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Summer, Mid-Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall
Flower Type:  Single tubular flowers in 3-inch clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Medium Green, Purple In Cold Weather
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 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Butterflies, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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