Glossy Abelia Abelia parvifolia

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Schumann abelia


The Abelia parvifolia, also widely known as the Schumann abelia, is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub. It has a mounded growth habit and is often praised for its arching branches. The plant is graced with small, glossy, oval leaves that are typically a rich green color and may transition to a bronze or purplish tint in the colder months, adding seasonal interest. During its blooming period, the Schumann abelia produces an abundance of small, tubular flowers. These blossoms are usually white or pale pink and have a slight fragrance that attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The flowers cluster at the ends of the branches, creating an elegant display that adds to the plant's ornamental value. As the flowering season progresses, these clusters give way to the formation of reddish sepals, which can persist and provide visual interest even after the petals have fallen. This characteristic ensures that the plant remains attractive throughout different seasons. The plant's overall foliage and flowering combination makes it a versatile choice for gardens, serving well in borders, as a foundation planting, or even as an informal hedge.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Schumann Abelia

    • Common names

      Abelia parvifolia.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Abelia parvifolia, commonly referred to as Glossy Abelia, is not considered toxic to humans. There is no widespread documentation of toxicity or poisoning from ingesting any parts of the Glossy Abelia. As with any plant, individual allergies may occur, so it's still wise to exercise caution if one is prone to plant allergies.

    • To pets

      Glossy Abelia is not known to be toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. There are no well-documented cases of poisoning from pets ingesting parts of the Glossy Abelia plant. While it is generally considered safe, pets may still experience mild stomach upset if they consume large quantities of plant material, which is a common reaction to the ingestion of non-food items.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Abelia parvifolia is known for its ability to attract bees and butterflies, which are crucial for pollination.
    • Landscape Aesthetics: With its glossy leaves and abundant flowers, this shrub adds beauty to garden landscapes.
    • Drought Tolerance: It is relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for water-efficient gardens.
    • Erosion Control: Its dense growth can help prevent soil erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal pruning and care once established.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Can be used in various landscape designs, including hedges, foundation plantings, and as a standalone specimen plant.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers a long blooming season with potential for flowers from spring to fall, adding interest throughout multiple seasons.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Wildlife habitat: Abelia can provide shelter and nesting sites for birds as well as being a food source for various butterfly larvae.
    • Erosion control: Due to its dense growth habit, it can be used on slopes or banks to help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • Privacy screening: With its full growth, Abelias can serve as an informal screen or hedge, creating private spaces within a garden.
    • Insectary plant: Abelia is useful for attracting beneficial insects, like bees and certain predator insects, which can aid in the overall health of a garden by keeping pest populations in check.
    • Topiary or bonsai: The plant's woody stems and foliage can be trained into decorative shapes, making it a candidate for topiary or bonsai practices.
    • Landscape themes: Its versatile nature allows it to be used in a variety of garden themes such as cottage gardens, Asian-inspired gardens, or formal landscapes.
    • Cut flowers: Some gardeners may use Abelia's flowers for cut flower arrangements because they can add a delicate and fragrant touch indoors.
    • Foundation plantings: The plant's size and form make it suitable for planting around building foundations, where it can help to soften edges and blend the structure with the surrounding landscape.
    • Photographic subject: The intricate flowers and attractive foliage make Abelia a good subject for garden photographers, particularly when capturing details of seasonal changes.
    • Container gardening: Dwarf or miniature varieties of Abelia are suitable for growing in containers, where space might be limited, such as on patios or balconies.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Glossy Abelia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Glossy Abelia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Delicate Beauty: Abelia parvifolia, commonly known as the Glossy Abelia, has small, delicate blooms which often symbolize subtle and understated beauty.
    • Longevity: Glossy Abelias are known for their long blooming period, which can symbolize perseverance and endurance over time.
    • Adaptability: With its ability to thrive in a variety of conditions, the Glossy Abelia represents adaptability and flexibility in life.
    • Renewal: The Glossy Abelia's ability to regenerate and bloom each season makes it a symbol of renewal and fresh starts.
    • Attraction: Since this plant attracts butterflies and other pollinators, it can symbolize attraction and magnetism.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Glossy Abelia should be watered regularly, especially during its first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, the plant is more drought-tolerant and requires less frequent watering. Water the plant deeply, ensuring that the soil is moist at a depth of several inches. Generally, this might involve applying about 1 to 2 gallons of water per plant every week under normal conditions, but be mindful to adjust the amount depending on rainfall and temperature as Glossy Abelia prefers a well-drained soil and does not like to sit in waterlogged soil. During hot, dry periods, increase the frequency of watering.

  • sunLight

    Glossy Abelia thrives best in full sun to partial shade, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal growth and flowering. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but flowering may be reduced. The ideal spot for this plant would be an area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade or dappled light throughout the day to protect it from the hot afternoon sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Glossy Abelia is relatively hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures but grows best when the temperature is between 60°F and 75°F. It can survive minimum winter temperatures down to around 5°F but may suffer dieback if the temperature drops below this point. While it can withstand summer highs up to around 95°F, prolonged exposure to extreme heat may stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Glossy Abelia is necessary to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth and more abundant flowering. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead or damaged branches and thin out as needed to improve air circulation. Pruning can be done annually, and light trimming throughout the year can help the plant maintain its desired form.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Glossy Abelia thrives in well-draining soil with a mix of two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part peat or humus. The ideal soil pH for this shrub is between 5.5 and 7.5, which means it's adaptable to both slightly acidic and neutral soils.

  • plantRepotting

    Glossy Abelia does not require frequent repotting and can usually be repotted every 2 to 3 years, or as needed when the root system outgrows the current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Glossy Abelia is not particularly demanding regarding humidity levels, but it flourishes in average to high humidity conditions typical of outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil consistently moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to partial shade, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Abelia parvifolia, more commonly known as Glossy Abelia, begins its life cycle with seed germination, typically during the warmer spring months when soil temperatures are conducive to growth. Emerging seedlings grow rapidly, developing a fibrous root system and woody stem. The plant enters a vegetative stage, producing glossy, evergreen leaves and maturing over several years. Once mature, Glossy Abelia produces clusters of small, fragrant flowers in the summer, attracting bees and butterflies for pollination. After pollination, the flowers develop into small, brown-tinged capsules containing seeds, which are eventually dispersed, sometimes by wind or animals, to start a new generation. During fall and winter, the plant may experience a dormancy period, particularly in cooler climates, but as an evergreen, it retains its leaves throughout the year.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Abelia parvifolia, commonly known as Glossy Abelia, is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This typically takes place in late summer after the current season's growth has begun to mature and harden slightly. To propagate, select healthy, semi-hardwood stems that are about 6 inches (approximately 15 cm) long and cut them just below a leaf node. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting to prevent excess moisture loss. Dip the cut end into a rooting hormone to promote root development. Then, insert the cuttings into a well-draining potting mix, moistening it first to provide a supportive environment for root growth. The cuttings should be kept in a warm area with indirect light and high humidity until roots have developed, which may take several weeks. During this time, the soil should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged.