Frances Mason Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'
Frances Mason Abelia flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Other Names: Golden Abelia, Francis Mason Abelia
This impressive compact shrub has brilliant yellow-gold and green variegated foliage with lovely white flowers in summer and fall; best time to prune is Nov-Feb; dazzling foliage tends to stand out in the garden or landscape
Frances Mason Abelia features dainty clusters of lightly-scented white tubular flowers with shell pink overtones at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive green-variegated gold foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Frances Mason Abelia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Frances Mason Abelia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Frances Mason Abelia will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Frances Mason Abelia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.