Abelia - Francis Mason / Size 2
Francis Mason Abelia

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Product Code: ABEFRM2

Abelia x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'

Overall Description

Francis Mason is an evergreen to semi-evergreen Abelia variety - depending on hardiness zone & planting location with very attractive foliage colors. New growth is a bright lemon yellow, with coloration changing with maturity to a variegated dark green with yellow edging. Full sun locations will allow for this plant to display its best color, but will perform very well in full sun to partially sunny spots.

Bell / trumpet shaped blooms are light pink & white in color, and are seen starting in early summer all the way through to mid fall in most areas. Blooms have a light, but very noticeable fragrance....and are highly regarded by both hummingbirds and butterflies.

Growth habit is rounded, shrublike and will reach a mature size of 4 - 5 feet tall, and equally as wide if left to grow naturally. Abelia is most commonly given a yearly trimming / pruning in early to mid spring if a certain size or shape is desired. Can be maintained at virtually any height & width through trimming, and responds very, very well to such trimmings & shapings........making Francis Mason a great choice for a wide variety of landscape uses. Commonly used as a colorful flowering hedge, foreground & foundation plantings, and looks especially nice when neatly trimmed and planted around the base of larger trees such as Crape Myrtle, Holly, or similar species.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : up to 6ft if left to grow naturally ( can be trimmed to any height )

--Mature Width : 4 - 5 ft if left to grow naturally ( can be maintained at just about any width )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 8" - 12" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - best color displayed in full sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - well drained. Mulching is strongly recommended with most all Abelia varieties to help hold in soil moisture for a good strong root system - especially for the first year or so until well established.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen to semi evergreen - nice smaller sized leaves are widest at the base, and taper nicely to a point. Newest growth is bright lemon yellow, changing to a variegated pattern with dark green centers edged in golden yellow with maturity.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - blooms are bell / trumpet shaped and somewhat similar in shape to Weigela blooms, but approximately half the size. Blooms begin to appear in late spring / early summer, and persist all the way through until early to mid fall. Flower color ranges from a light pink to white, with different shades frequently appearing at the same time.

--Diseases / Insects :
No serious pests or disease problems noted with this plant. Possible branch dieback / damage has been observed in some zone 6 areas if winter temps drop below zero degrees.

--Recommended Spacing :
3 ft apart recommended for hedge planting - otherwise, will depend on the intended use of the plant.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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