Mark has been the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI for the last 14 years. Along with dedicated staff and volunteers, Mark coordinates the development and improvement of this 20-acre botanical showcase. Mark’s background is in landscape architecture and urban forestry although his true passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all manner of plants.


Fragrant Abelia For Spring Scent!
by Mark Dwyer - posted 03/29/15



The fragrant abelia (Abelia mosanensis) seen here will be blooming in early to mid May with these extremely fragrant flower clusters.  I advocate this shrub (hardy to zone 5 and zone 4 with protection) in many of my presentations as I feel it is underutilized.  Native to Korea (also called Korean abelia), this shrub will get 5-6' tall and wide and features upright, arching stems (see directly below). While "casual in appearance", this shrub offers two solid seasons of interest.  The spring flowers are extremely fragrant and reminiscent of lilacs.  The buds are pink and open up to five-lobed flowers that are pinkish white.  However, the fall color (see further below) is consistently superior and add strong interest in October.  This shrub also only blooms on old wood (like lilacs) so any pruning should be done directly after flowering.  Consider the merits of this excellent selection.















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