Abelia mosanensis T.H.Chung ex Nakai

Fragrant Abelia

Flower and buds

Flower and buds


Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 5 to 7' tall, 4 to 6' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Fragrant pale pink to white flowers in summer. Arching stems. Semi-evergreen with bright orange autumn color. Dirr says it will languish in the heat of summer in zone 7 and that it only blooms in spring, other sources say summer.


Native to Korea (GRIN). First published in Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 40: 171 in 1926 in an article by Nakai. PlantList, Tropicos and GRIN note the author as I.C.Chung whereas IPNI has T.H.Chung. Given that Nakai was published in 1926 and I.C.Chung was born in 1918, it seems unlikely that I.C.Chung would have named the plant so I am attributing it to T.H.Chung in accordance with IPNI. IPNI notes that this is the basionym for Abelia tyaiyoni var. mosanensis (T.H.Chung ex Nakai) Y.N.Lee published in 2003 in Bull. Korea Pl. Res. 3: 19. Since Abelia tyaihyoni Nakai was first published in 1921, does not this mean that the valid name of the plant would be Abelia tyaiyoni var. mosanensis? However, IPNI notes "nom. inval. without basionym or basionym reference" for Abelia tyaiyoni var. mosanensis. So, for now, it is Abelia mosanensis for me!


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in April 2010. I planted it near the screen porch for its fragrance and because it perhaps needed some shade. It bloomed in late summer into autumn as the nights were cooling off.

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