Abelia chinensis

A deciduous, upright, somewhat spreading shrub to 2 m high. Young twigs reddish-brown, soft hairs. Leaves 2-3.5 cm long, ovate with pointed apex and rounded leaf base, the edge cut and fringed. Shiny dark green on top, bald or only leak a little hairy, especially along the bottom of the veins hairy. Blooms from July into September with slightly fragrant, white, sometimes pink-faced little flowers, usually in clusters of three or a steal at short. Flowers 12-15 mm long, with five calyx hairy lips as long as the crown funnel-shaped tube which is the crown lobes beaten back.
Native to the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei and western Fujian.
Introduced in 1844, probably by Robert Fortune

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