The abelia is a genus that includes 15-20 evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs, originating in China, Japan and Mexico. The species generally grown in the garden is a hybrid of species originating in China, or Abelia grandiflora. It has a rounded shape and the specimens of some years reach the height and width of 100-120 cm; the long stems, scarcely branched, are reddish and tend to arch elongating.
The leaves are oval, notched, small in size, leathery, of a beautiful dark and shiny green; the new leaves are bronze in color, and in autumn the whole plant takes on this pleasant color. In summer it produces a profusion of small trumpet flowers, pinkish-white in color, which persist until the first cold; the fruit is a woody achene, containing a single seed.
This plant prefers positions in full sun, or in partial shade; it doesn't fear cold weather and develops without problems in the garden in the ground, even if it prefers positions sheltered from the cold winter winds. It is a rather rustic shrub that manages to adapt to different situations, even if in case of very harsh climate it is good to think of protecting it.
If you want, you can choose to drastically prune the plant at the base in autumn, to encourage a more compact and vigorous development the following spring.