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In most parts of the country the Abelias should be grown on walls; in the warmer counties, however, they can be planted in the open. Abelia belongs to Caprifoliaceae, and the species are showy.

Abelia Chinesis has small, evergreen leaves, and bears white, pink tinted, fragrant flowers, with reddish sepals through late summer. It grows from 4 to 8 feet high, and was introduced from China in 1844.

Abelia floribunda bears handsome, rosy purple flowers in large clusters from March to May. It is more tender than the preceding, and was introduced from Mexico in 1842.

Other cultivated species are Abelia serrata and Abelia spathulata, from Japan, and Abelia trifiora from the Temperate Himalayas.