Abelia Rose Creek
‘Rose Creek’ is a compact, dense, low-mounded hybrid featuring red stems clad with glossy button-like leaves which emerge with pink tinting in spring before turning an attractive dark green. This shrub typically matures to 2-3’ tall and to 3-4’ wide. It is evergreen in USDA Zones 7-9 where leaves turn interesting shades of soft purple-green in winter. In St. Louis (Zone 6A), this shrub is semi-evergreen to deciduous depending upon the severity of the winter temperatures. Tubular, fragrant, white flowers (to 1/2” long) subtended by rosy sepals bloom in late spring to early summer, with some continued bloom occurring throughout summer into fall. ‘Rose Creek’ (originally known as seedling #12) was one of 32 open pollinated Abelia seedlings (A. chinensis was the maternal parent) produced, examined and evaluated at the Center for Applied Nursery Research, Dearing, Georgia, in an Abelia chinensis study commenced in 1997. Seedling #12 was subsequently named ‘Rose Creek’ in reference to a creek of the same name located in Oconee County, Georgia. ‘Rose Creek’ was the most compact of the 32 plants chosen for evaluation.