The Q&A Archives: Zone 5 Hardiness

Question: I just purchased a sweet abelia bridal bouquet. There was no other info on to tell what zone it could be planted. will it survive in my zone? do I need to do anything special? or will this not survive?

Answer: This plant, also called Abelia mosanensis `Monia` is rated hardy to USDA zone 6, typically considered to have an average maximum low temperature of between zero and ten degrees below zero. If you site it in a sheltered spot protected from the wind and are careful to mulch it well, it might survive for you. Often, microclimate can be very important to winter survival. It is also important, especially with a newly planted shrub, to make sure the soil is kept evenly moist (not sopping wet) in the fall up until the soil freezes for the winter. Next spring, you may find there is substantial winter kill to the branches, but this will not necessarily kill the plant. Be very patient with it and see if it comes back for you during the growing season. It blooms on new wood so blooming would still occur. Good luck with your new shrub.

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