How to Care for Rose Abelia Bushes


The rose abelia bush (Abelia chinensis), also called rose creek abelia, is an evergreen shrub with pink-tinged leaves and rose-colored flowers. The foliage becomes dark green during summer months and takes on a purple hue during winter. Rose abelia grows from 2 to 3 feet tall and up to 4 feet in diameter. This bush does not require much maintenance and will thrive as long as its basic growing requirements are met.

Step 1

Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the container the rose abelia bush is growing in. Squeeze the sides of the container gently until the root ball slides out. Use your fingers to loosen any compacted roots.

Step 2

Place the root ball into the planting hole at the same depth it was previously growing. Replace the soil and tamp down well to remove air pockets. Water until the soil is well-moistened.

Step 3

Water the plant regularly, whenever the top 1 inch of soil no longer sticks to your finger. Rose abelia bushes tolerate drought, but do best when provided with regular moisture.

Step 4

Fertilize with a general purpose fertilizer in early spring, before new growth develops.

Step 5

Clip off any wayward growth as you notice it. Prune to the desired shape in late winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • General purpose fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


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