Abelia engleriana

Abelia, a very underrated shrub Wide burgeoning bush to 1.5 m high with graceful overhanging branches. Young shoots reddish and usually bald. Leaves 2-6 cm long, wide, oval or egg-shaped elliptical with pointed tip and a rounded or wedge-shaped leaf base. Top deep green, bald, hairy and slightly lighter underside along the midrib. Flowers axillary to steal short, single or multiple meetings at the end of (their) branches. Two bracts, lanceolate or oblong, 8-11 mm long. Corolla 1.5-2.5 cm long, pale pink on the outside, in the throat with an orange spot, bell-shaped, narrowed to a short tube.
Native to western and central China, western Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi. Was introduced around 1908 in the west, probably by Wilson. One of the harder types. In the Netherlands and Belgium also sold under the name Abelia graebneriana.

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