Abelia - Hopleys / Size 1
Hopleys Abelia

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Our Price: $6.25

Product Code: ABEHOP1

Abelia x grandiflora 'Hopleys'

Overall Description

Hopleys Abelia combines a nice variegated foliage pattern with an abundance of trumpet shaped, lightly scented blooms into a nice, compact round shrub with lots of landscape potential. First developed & introduced by Hopleys Plants, Ltd in Hertfordshire, U.K., and is commonly sold under the trade names 'Miss Lemon' and 'Twist of Lime'. Variegated foliage starts out as a bright lemon yellow with a green center, and slowly matures to a white / ivory color with the same green centers.

Bell / trumpet shaped blooms are light pink, with white and sometimes a slight lilac tone, and are seen starting in early summer all the way through to mid to late fall in most areas. Blooms have a light, but very noticeable fragrance....and are highly regarded by both hummingbirds and butterflies. Hopley's is known to be one of the heaviest blooming variegated Abelia varieties in the market - loaded with blooms all season long! Blooms occur mainly on new wood, so a yearly trimming will maximize the number of new blooms each season.

Growth habit is rounded, shrublike and very compact in nature. In most climates, it will reach a mature size of about 3 - 3 1/2 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 Hopley's Abelia 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 3 1/2 ft if left to grow naturally ( can be trimmed to any height ) - slightly larger in very warm climates

--Mature Width : 3 - 3 1/2 ft if left to grow naturally ( can be maintained at just about any width )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9 ( may experience some leaf loss during the winter in zone 6 locations - place in a sheltered location in colder zones )

--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. Variegated foliage is a lemon yellow color with green centers, maturing to a whitish / ivory color with the same green center.

--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 mid fall. Flower color ranges from a light pink to white, with different shades ( mainly a lilac tone ) frequently appearing at the same time.

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

--Recommended Spacing :
2 - 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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