Chinese Abelia
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Chinese Abelia
ntroduced Photo: Amit Kumar
Common name: Chinese Abelia
Botanical name: Abelia chinensis    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Chinese Abelia is a spreading, deciduous shrub that reaches 5-7 feet tall and about 8 feet wide. Leaves are dark green, ovate, glossy and 1-2 inches long, lighter green beneath, with serrated margins . Many fragrant, small pink-flushed white tubular, funnel-shaped flowers appear all summer through fall. Flowers are about 1.2 cm long, and the stamens and carpel stick to the flower-tube. Chinese Abelia attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. It is also cultivated in gardens.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
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