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Similar but less problematic plants:
Persea borbonia Persea borbonia
Zabelia tyaihyoni is often confused with:
Robinia pseudoacacia Robinia pseudoacacia
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis
Linnaea x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'
Halesia carolina Halesia carolina

Korean Abelia Zabelia tyaihyoni

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Korean Abelia:

Previously known as:

  • Abelia mosanensis
  • Abelia tyaihyoni
  • Abelia tyaihyoni var. mosanensis
  • Zabelia mosanensis
Description

Deciduous abelia with good winter hardiness down to USDA Zone 4 which means when many other Abelias have died back to the ground, this one will overwinter.  It can be a bit rangy as a young plant so pinch back the tips often to encourage a well-branched specimen. It blooms on old wood so prune right after bloom, do not wait until late summer or you will remove the flower buds and miss the fragrant spring flower show.  It does not perform well in the heat and humidity of the deep South in USDA Zones 7-9.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bridal Bouquet'
  • 'Monia'
Tags:
#fragrant#white#arching#evergreen#sun#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#green#shrub#semi-evergreen#orange leaves#acidic soil#pink flowers#showy#tubular flowers#low maintenance#hedges#summer flowers#borders#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bridal Bouquet'
  • 'Monia'
Tags:
#fragrant#white#arching#evergreen#sun#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#green#shrub#semi-evergreen#orange leaves#acidic soil#pink flowers#showy#tubular flowers#low maintenance#hedges#summer flowers#borders#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zabelia
    Species:
    tyaihyoni
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Korea
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    acidic soil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Description:
    Buds appear pink and open to white, tubular, extremely fragrant flowers. Flowers on old wood.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Slippery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bright glossy green; orange fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Butterflies