abelia

noun
abe·​lia | \ ə-ˈbēl-yə How to pronounce abelia (audio) \

Definition of abelia

: any of a genus (Abelia) of Asian or Mexican shrubs of the honeysuckle family having opposite leaves and white, red, or pink flowers

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Examples of abelia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My abelia, Soft Caress mahonia and pineapple guava all have burned leaves. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "It's melting!," 22 Feb. 2021 Fragrant abelia grows well in full sun or light shade in just about any reasonable soil. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Yew Dell Botanical Gardens says these six new plants are some of the best in Kentucky," 13 Mar. 2020 This 6 to 8-foot tall, upright shrub is closely related to the more common and much smaller glossy abelia (A. xgrandiflora) that is so common in Kentucky gardens. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Yew Dell Botanical Gardens says these six new plants are some of the best in Kentucky," 13 Mar. 2020 Prices for glossy abelia in a five-gallon container ranged from $14.95 to $49.50. SFChronicle.com, "Best Bay Area garden centers," 28 Feb. 2020 Some of them include: glossy abelia, beauty berries, hydrangeas, Bradford and Callery pears, crabapples, poplar, spruce, junipers, sumacs, cherries, and plums. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Stop Pruning Your Garden in the Fall," 8 Aug. 2018 Charlotte’ veronica, Miss Lemon abelia, ‘Sunset’ runner bean, and ‘Vision in White’ astilbe. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "4 Ways to Design Colorful Floral Arrangements," 22 Jan. 2018 Some of them include: glossy abelia, beauty berries, hydrangeas, Bradford and Callory pears, crabapples, poplar, spruce, junipers, sumacs, cherries, and plums. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Stop Pruning Your Trees In The Fall," 15 Sep. 2017 Elaeagus, Sea Green junipers and standard glossy abelias are possibilities, although all would take a while to grow tall enough for much privacy. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Can’t keep a good holly shrub down — even when you want to," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of abelia

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abelia

New Latin (coined in 1818), from Clarke Abel †1826 English botanist

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“Abelia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abelia. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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