Abelia - Mardi Gras / Size 1
Mardi Gras Abelia

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*Availability Status: Winter Dormancy - Estimated Avail. Mid Spring 2019
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 5" - 8" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $6.95

Product Code: ABEMAR1

Abelia x 'Mardi Gras' - Plant Patent #15203

Overall Description

Mardi Gras Abelia is a variegated Abelia variety that was introduced by Hawkridge Nursery in Hickory, NC. It is a variegated sport of the Rose Creek Abelia variety, and has bright green & white foliage variegation year round. Newer growth is tinged in pink - and winter coloration also consists of heavy pink & bronze / copper coloration on most leaves. Mardi Gras Abelia provides year round seasonal interest due to the varying foliage & bloom colors offered in different seasons.

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

Growth habit is mounded, shrublike and will reach a mature size of about 3 feet tall, and up to 4 feet 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 Mardi Gras Abelia a great choice for a wide variety of landscape uses. Commonly used as a colorful flowering accent, 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 3 ft if left to grow naturally ( can be trimmed to any height )

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

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 9" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9 ( some branch dieback, and leaf loss may be experienced during winter in some zone 6 locations )

--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 a variegated green & white with a very heavy pinkish tone, with the pink tone being more subdues on older, mature foliage.

--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 is bright white, with some blooms having a very slight pale pink tinge.

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

--Recommended Spacing :
3 - 3 1/2 ft apart recommended for most accent & foreground plantings - 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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