I ordered 3 of these abelia. Of the three, one died within a few weeks. I pulled it up to see if it may have had root rot as that plant was in more shade than the other two. When I pulled it up I realized that it barely had a root ball. I suspect that was the issue. It would not have gotten enough water unless it was watered directly over the center of the plant. The other two were doing well until the big freeze. Living in zone 8, I didn't own enough plankets to cover everything. The abelias sustained significant frost damage, as did the older Kaliedoscope abelias I have in the back. I noticed the older Kaliedoscope abelias have started to put out new leaves. I'm going to leave all of them alone until we've past our last freeze date, and I'll reassess. In the meantime, I'll keeping handwatering with root stimulator every 4 weeks. I hope I can nurse them through the winter so that I only have to replace the one. If the other two die, I'll plant something else. I've been disappointed that the Kaliedoscopes haven't put out much color variation as I expected. Maybe our zone? I was hoping the Amigos might be more colorful. We'll see.
Tres Amigos® Abelia grandiflora
- Part Sun to Sun
A vibrant tri-color foliage show!
For gardeners on the hunt for elegant, but interesting foliage. Tres Amigos abelia seems to change each time you visit it out in the garden. In spring it starts out with green, cream, pink, and yellow-tinged foliage. Its most vibrant color is yellow, bringing sunshine into the slowly filling garden. By summer, the yellow has left completely and the pink edge on the leaf takes over. The new growth at the end of each stem is almost entirely a warm watermelon pink with sporadically placed white flowers. Each flower is fluted, perfect for inviting hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden, and has a lovely jasmine-like fragrance. Its compact habit suits it nicely for use at the front of the border, in containers, and in mixed borders with perennials and annuals.
Top reasons to grow Tres Amigos abelia:
- Remarkable tricolor foliage
- A summer-long show of fragrant white flowers
- Compact habit fits easily into many gardensFragrant FlowerLong BloomingFoliage InterestAttracts:ButterfliesHummingbirdsResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 60 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:Pure whiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:PinkFoliage Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:VariegatedHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Summer through FallHardiness Zones:6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Looks at home in mixed beds with perennials, annuals, and other shrubs. It can also be used as a low hedge or at the front of a border as a taller hedging.Maintenance Notes:
Abelia are easy-care plants that need little regular maintenance. Can be lightly trimmed to shape in spring, after the new growth begins to emerge, if you wish.Tres Amigos® Abelia grandiflora 'Mincautri' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
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Melissa Brennan, Texas, United States, 35 weeks ago