How to Care for Your Rose Abelia Bushes


The abelia shrub family includes approximately 30 species of both deciduous and semi-evergreen plants. The rose creek variety of abelia bushes is an evergreen that produces fragrant white blossoms in clusters with tiny pink leaves at the base of the flowers. The glossy evergreen leaves first appear pinkish, change to a deep emerald green in summer and tt a dark greenish-purple in the winter. The rose creek abelia bush grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 to 9. It isn't difficult to care for.

Step 1

Plant your rose abelia bushes in areas with moist but well-draining soil and full sun or partial shade. Allow enough spacing for the full size of the rose abelia bushes--they can reach heights up to 3 feet with widths of 4 feet.

Step 2

Dig holes the same depth, but at least double the width of the containers holding your rose abelia plants, using a shovel. Place the bushes in the holes, backfill and soak with water to settle the soil around the rose abelia’s roots.

Step 3

Supply water regularly to the growing abelia bushes to maintain moist soil conditions, especially during the first growing season. Water the abelia roses less in the winter and the following seasons.

Step 4

Prune the rose abelia shrubs during the end of winter to shape and remove damaged or frail branches, using pruning shears.

Step 5

Apply a basic fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, to the rose abelia bushes every year in early spring. Follow the instructions provided on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Backyard Landscape Ideas: Abelia Shrubs
  • Backyard Landscape Ideas: Rose Creek Abelia
  • University of Georgia: Rose Creek, Canyon Creek Abelias

Who Can Help

  • Monrovia: Rose Creek Abelia
  • Florida Museum of Natural History: Abelia "Rose Creek"
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