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Suntastic Pink Abelia

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$31.99
  • New foliage is a variegated yellow and green that turns shades of pink when the temperature drops
  • Matures to 2 - 3′ H x 3 - 5′ W
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 10
  • Plant in full sun
Pot size

Description

The Suntastic Pink Abelia is a marvel in the gardening world with its compact, semi-evergreen nature and a striking blend of crimson stems, intricately variegated leaves and pristine white tubular flowers. Originating from the renowned Kaleidoscope Abelia, this cultivar continues the legacy of elegance and beauty.

Mature plants achieve a neatly compact structure, spanning dimensions of approximately 2 - 3′ x 3 - 5′, and maintain a graceful silhouette all year round. The shrub is adorned with fragrant white tubular blooms during the transition from mid-summer to fall.

During the warm season, its leaves are variegated cream-yellow and green shades flushed with pink. Then, with cooler temperatures in fall, the leaves begin turning pink, slowly intensifying to a flamingo pink once winter sets in. A notable distinction of the 'Pink' compared to other white variegated Abelias is its minimal production of those often-annoying water shoots. Whether you envision it as a standout specimen, clustered informally as a hedge, or even elegantly positioned within a container, the Suntastic Pink is a superior choice.

Abelia shrubs pair perfectly with a wide variety of small trees such as:

Due to their long blooming periods, Abelias are a great choice for gardeners looking to attract pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and birds are all lovers of the tubular flowers and just can't get enough. Moreover, the low-maintenance nature of Abelias, combined with their resilience against pests and diseases, further accentuates their appeal to garden enthusiasts globally.

Suntastic Pink Abelia Shrub Care

Pink Abelia Sunlight Requirements

Ideally, Abelia 'Pink' prefers full sun, meaning it should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. This ensures the plant produces abundant flowers and maintains its vibrant variegated foliage.

Abelia 'Pink' can also thrive in partial shade, especially in regions with intense summer heat. Some afternoon shade can help protect the plant from excessive stress and potential sunburn in such conditions.

When planting Abelia 'Pink' or any other variety, it's crucial to consider the specific sunlight conditions of your region and garden. Positioning the plant in a location that receives more sunlight might be ideal in locations with mild summers. In contrast, in hot climates, a location that offers some afternoon shade would benefit the plant's health and appearance.

Pruning Suntastic Pink Abelia

Pruning the Suntastic Pink Abelia helps to maintain its compact form, encourage new growth, and improve the overall health and appearance of the plant. Here are some steps and tips for pruning this particular variety:

  1. When to Prune: The best time to prune Abelia 'Pink' is in late winter to early spring, before new growth begins. This timing ensures you don't remove the upcoming season's blooms.
  2. Deadheading: Throughout the blooming season, you can remove spent flowers to encourage continued blooming.
  3. Shape and Size: Begin by cutting out any dead or damaged branches. Then, shape the shrub according to your preference. If necessary, you can reduce its size by cutting back up to one-third of the plant. Pruning can also help the plant maintain a more rounded and compact form.

Are Abelia Shrubs Cold Hardy?

Typically, this plant thrives in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10. Its semi-evergreen nature means that in milder winters or in the warmer end of its hardiness range, the Abelia retains much of its foliage, offering year-round interest. However, in the colder extremes of its zone range, some foliage may be shed.

Watering Abelia Shrubs

Newly planted Suntastic Pink Abelia needs regular watering to establish its root system. Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather and soil type. Once established, the Abelia is drought-tolerant to some extent. However, regular watering still benefits, especially during dry spells. Deep watering every 1-2 weeks is usually sufficient.

While Abelia 'Pink' can handle occasional drought, it's crucial to avoid letting the soil dry out completely for prolonged periods. At the same time, avoid overwatering, as soggy soil can lead to root rot. Well-draining soil helps mitigate this risk.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Suntastic Pink Abelia

Plant your Pink Abelia 3 feet apart for a seamless planting. For space between plantings, plant them 4+ feet apart.

  • Scientific Name
    Abelia x grandiflora ‘Pink’
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Aromatic, Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Sun Loving, Variegated, Winter / Fall Foliage Color
  • Feature Color
    Green, Multi-Color, Pink, White
  • Uses
    Accent, Container, Mass Planting
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Summer, Fall

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10

Map of USDA Zones 6-10
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Suntastic Pink Abelia

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The Suntastic Pink Abelia is a marvel in the gardening world with its compact, semi-evergreen nature and a striking blend of crimson stems, intricately variegated leaves and pristine white tubular flowers. Originating from the renowned Kaleidoscope Abelia, this cultivar continues the legacy of elegance and beauty.

Mature plants achieve a neatly compact structure, spanning dimensions of approximately 2 - 3′ x 3 - 5′, and maintain a graceful silhouette all year round. The shrub is adorned with fragrant white tubular blooms during the transition from mid-summer to fall.

During the warm season, its leaves are variegated cream-yellow and green shades flushed with pink. Then, with cooler temperatures in fall, the leaves begin turning pink, slowly intensifying to a flamingo pink once winter sets in. A notable distinction of the 'Pink' compared to other white variegated Abelias is its minimal production of those often-annoying water shoots. Whether you envision it as a standout specimen, clustered informally as a hedge, or even elegantly positioned within a container, the Suntastic Pink is a superior choice.

Abelia shrubs pair perfectly with a wide variety of small trees such as:

Due to their long blooming periods, Abelias are a great choice for gardeners looking to attract pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and birds are all lovers of the tubular flowers and just can't get enough. Moreover, the low-maintenance nature of Abelias, combined with their resilience against pests and diseases, further accentuates their appeal to garden enthusiasts globally.

Suntastic Pink Abelia Shrub Care

Pink Abelia Sunlight Requirements

Ideally, Abelia 'Pink' prefers full sun, meaning it should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. This ensures the plant produces abundant flowers and maintains its vibrant variegated foliage.

Abelia 'Pink' can also thrive in partial shade, especially in regions with intense summer heat. Some afternoon shade can help protect the plant from excessive stress and potential sunburn in such conditions.

When planting Abelia 'Pink' or any other variety, it's crucial to consider the specific sunlight conditions of your region and garden. Positioning the plant in a location that receives more sunlight might be ideal in locations with mild summers. In contrast, in hot climates, a location that offers some afternoon shade would benefit the plant's health and appearance.

Pruning Suntastic Pink Abelia

Pruning the Suntastic Pink Abelia helps to maintain its compact form, encourage new growth, and improve the overall health and appearance of the plant. Here are some steps and tips for pruning this particular variety:

  1. When to Prune: The best time to prune Abelia 'Pink' is in late winter to early spring, before new growth begins. This timing ensures you don't remove the upcoming season's blooms.
  2. Deadheading: Throughout the blooming season, you can remove spent flowers to encourage continued blooming.
  3. Shape and Size: Begin by cutting out any dead or damaged branches. Then, shape the shrub according to your preference. If necessary, you can reduce its size by cutting back up to one-third of the plant. Pruning can also help the plant maintain a more rounded and compact form.

Are Abelia Shrubs Cold Hardy?

Typically, this plant thrives in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10. Its semi-evergreen nature means that in milder winters or in the warmer end of its hardiness range, the Abelia retains much of its foliage, offering year-round interest. However, in the colder extremes of its zone range, some foliage may be shed.

Watering Abelia Shrubs

Newly planted Suntastic Pink Abelia needs regular watering to establish its root system. Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather and soil type. Once established, the Abelia is drought-tolerant to some extent. However, regular watering still benefits, especially during dry spells. Deep watering every 1-2 weeks is usually sufficient.

While Abelia 'Pink' can handle occasional drought, it's crucial to avoid letting the soil dry out completely for prolonged periods. At the same time, avoid overwatering, as soggy soil can lead to root rot. Well-draining soil helps mitigate this risk.

Pot size

  • 1.5 Gallon
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