How to Care for Rose Abellia Bushes


Abelias (Abelia x grandiflora) are flowering evergreen shrubs desirable for their long blooming period and showy clusters of long, tubular flowers. "Rose Creek" (or simply "Rose") is a cultivar, or variety, of abelia that features a dense, compact shape, purple and pink bracts, sepals and white flowers. Commonly called "glossy abelia," this hardy, fast-growing shrub reaches a maximum height and width of 10 feet, according to information published by the University of Florida, and requires only basic culture.

Step 1

Plant your "Rose" abelia in a location that receives either full sun (in colder climates) or partial shade.

Step 2

Choose a site that has well-draining soil. A raised or sloping bed works well. While abelias can tolerate a wide range of soils, including clay, loam and acidic, they do not do well in overly wet or soggy soil.

Step 3

Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Rose abelia bushes can also tolerate moderate drought conditions.

Step 4

Prune the top of the hedge so that it is smaller than the bottom. These plants tend to get full on top and thin on the bottom. Keeping the top narrow can cut down on this problem, according to information published by the University of Florida. Prune and thin out in the spring. Or, plant your abelia in a container or along a bank where it can cascade over the edge.

Step 5

Monitor for aphids. While this plant does not suffer from serious insect or disease problems, according to the University of Florida, aphids can sometimes infest abelia bushes. Spray the plant with an insecticide to treat severe infestations.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tool
  • Pruning tools
  • Insecticide (optional)


  • University of Florida: Abelia X Grandiflora
  • North Carolina State Univesity: Abelia X Grandiflora
  • Florida Museum of Natural History: Abelia X Grandiflora: "Rose Creek"

Who Can Help

  • Sooner Plant Farm: Abelia X Grandiflora: "Rose Creek"
  • National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Keywords: rose abelia bushes, care of abelias, Abelia x grandiflora

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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.