Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.
Plant Type: Ground Covers / Shrubs
Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Overall Mature Size: Small
Also Grown As: Bush
Mature Height & Spread: 1 1/2-2' x 4-5'
Natural Growth Habit: Spreading
Native To: Asia
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water: Medium Water
Flower Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Deer Resistant / Seacoast Conditions
Container Sizes: #1, #5
Sunset Garden Zones: 4-24
Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 6
Named for Dr. Clark Abel, an early 19th century British doctor and horticulturalist, this low-growing shrub does beautifully on slopes or on level ground. This is an easy-to-grow evergreen that is hardy to 15°F. It will be deciduous where temperatures dip below 15°F. With a low spreading habit and a maximum size of 2 feet tall and 5 feet wide, we suggest that you plant them 3-4 feet apart in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. It will tolerate clay and damp soils as well. Slightly fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers appear in showy clusters from summer through fall. When the petals drop, they leave lovely red sepals that provide a pop of color in the autumn. New foliage is bronze, matures to a glossy dark green, and may take on a bronze cast again in the fall. It does well where deer are prevalent, in drought conditions and on the coast. Hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to the flowers.