Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: 2 to 3' tall, 36 to 48" wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Green and white variegated foliage with some pink tints on the new growth. Red/brown stems. Pale pink flowers in spring and summer. Rounded growth habit. Rose coloration on foliage in winter.
From patent application (Rick Crowder, Hawksridge Nursery, Hickory NC):
'Mardi Gras' was discovered as a naturally occurring branch sport on an individual Abelia grandiflora × chinensis found in a crop of Abelia grandiflora × chinensis. The inventor discovered the sport in a cultivated area of North Carolina in the United States. 'Mardi Gras' was selected for its green, white and pink variegated foliage. The crop of Abelia grandiflora × chinensis was part of a breeding program designed to cross hybridize Abelia grandiflora and Abelia chinensis. The parent of 'Mardi Gras' is Abelia grandiflora × Abelia chinensis #9 (unpatented), and exhibits green foliage. 'Mardi Gras' is distinguishable from the parent by pronounced variegated foliage.
- Abelia chinensis R.Br.
- Abelia x 'Edward Goucher'
- Abelia x grandiflora (Rovelli ex Andre) Rehder
- Abelia mosanensis T.H.Chung ex Nakai
- Abelia parvifolia Hemsl.
- Abelia uniflora R.Br. ex Wall.
I purchased this as a 1-gallon in October 2010 from Nurseries Caroliniana and planted it in the front garden near the bird bath.