Rose abelia (Abelia ---grandiflora), also known as rose creek abelia, is a dwarf form of the old favorite abelia bush. Rose abelia, an evergreen that will reach about 3 feet at maturity, is a showstopper with crimson stems and clusters of sweet-smelling white flowers that will attract butterflies and bees to your garden. The flowers continue to bloom from May until the first frost, then the foliage turns a bright shade of purple during the winter months. Rose abelia is cold hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9.
Water rose abelia only during hot, dry weather. Water deeply and slowly at the base of the shrub, using a garden hose or a drip system. Water again when the top of the soil is completely dry.
Spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the shrub to keep the roots cool during hot weather, retain moisture and deter weeds. Leave a 6-inch ring uncovered around the trunk to prevent mulch from piling against the wood.
Fertilize the shrub in late winter or early spring, using a general purpose liquid or granular fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the directions on the label.
Prune rose abelia in late winter or early spring. Trim the plant to retain the desired size and shape. Remove any dead or spindly branches.