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Abelia parvifolia (Schumann abelia)

Schumann abelia is an elegant shrub with arching stems, which bear clusters of attractive, lilac-pink flowers throughout the summer.
Pink flowers of Abelia parvifolia

Abelia parvifolia

Species information

Scientific name: 

Abelia parvifolia Hemsl.

Common name: 

Schumann abelia

Conservation status: 

Not known to be threatened.

Habitat: 

Thickets, dry valleys and by rivers.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Dipsacales
Family: 
Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Abelia

About this species

The generic name, Abelia, commemorates Dr Clarke Abel, a botanist and surgeon who visited China in 1816-1817 as Chief Medical Officer (on the recommendation of Sir Joseph Banks) and Naturalist to the Embassy. However, Abelia parvifolia was not grown in western gardens until almost a century later. As A. schumannii in Plantae Wilsonae, it was one of the many plants collected by Ernest Wilson (also known as ‘Chinese’ Wilson) on expeditions in 1907, 1908 and 1910, and sent back to the Arnold Arboretum in the USA. Abelia schumannii is now considered to be a synonym of A. parvifolia, which is a variable species.

Synonym: 

Abelia schumannii, Abelia longituba

Genus: 
Abelia

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