abe·lia | \ə-ˈbēl-yə \

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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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 At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden my favorite combination had them with Kaleidoscope abelias and spreading plum yew. Norman Winter, idahostatesman, "Soft Caress mahonia magically blooms, bringing in the honeybees | Idaho Statesman," 31 Jan. 2018 Mid- to late winter provides an excellent opportunity to prune most hedges, as well as shrubs and shade trees not grown for flowers, and summer-flowering trees and shrubs, such as crape myrtles, oleander, vitex, althea and abelia. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "When is the best time to prune fig trees?," 23 Dec. 2017 Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers (Timber Press, $49.95), by George E. Brown, revised and expanded by Tony Kirkham, walks any would-be arborist through a veritable dictionary of trees, from abelias to zenobias. Dominique Browning, New York Times, "Photos, Gardens, Birds, Trees: What’s Happening in the Great Outdoors," 29 May 2017

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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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