Abelia x 'Mardi Gras'

Mardi Gras Abelia

New foliage

New foliage


Patents: PP#15203

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

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.


My Experience: 

I purchased this as a 1-gallon in October 2010 from Nurseries Caroliniana and planted it in the front garden near the bird bath.

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