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Sweet Emotion® Hardy abelia Abelia mosanensis

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Fall
Mature Size
6' 6' 1.8m 1.8m
Height: 5' - 6'
Spread: 5' - 6'
Height: 1.5m - 1.8m
Spread: 1.5m - 1.8m
  • Details

    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 84 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    1.5m - 1.8m
    1.5m - 2.1m
    1.5m - 1.8m


    When's the last time a plant has completely surprised you?

    Sweet Emotion® abelia is just the shrub to kickstart your heart - and your landscape. It's the hardiest abelia yet, growing where no abelia could grow before: in chilly USDA zone 4. It's also the most fragrant of any abelia, with white and pink spring blooms that perfume the air with the scent of jasmine. Add in its elegant habit, attractive seed heads, and orange fall foliage and you have the perfect shrub to showcase your good taste. 

    Top three reasons to grow Sweet Emotion® abelia: 

    • Delightful sweet jasmine fragrance when it blooms in spring
    • Super hardy: to USDA zone 4
    • Tolerates part shade; resists deer and rabbits.
    Fragrant Flower
    Fall Interest


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    60 - 84 Inches 1.5m - 2.1m
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Border Plant
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    An unusual addition to shrub or mixed borders, this is a delightful plant to place where its spicy-sweet fragrance can me enjoyed in late May.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Best in moist, well-drained soils. Prune to shape immediately after flowering. Apply a controlled release fertilizer in early spring.

    Fun Facts: 

    Abelia is related to honeysuckles and viburnum, two other plants that are often prized for their fragrant blossoms.

    Sweet Emotion® Abelia mosanensis 'SMNAMDS' USPP 27,370, Can 5,937
  • 4 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I planted Sweet Emotion Abelia in 2018. For several years I was on the fence about this shrub. It just seemed to fade into the background and did not get noticed much, with occasional flowers in the spring, and it would send up new growth that I trimmed down. It took several years for it to bulk up. I pruned it at the appropriate time last year, and this spring was the first year that it really caught my attention -- I was about 15' away from it when I smelled its flowers and realized it was the abelia. It had a lot of flowers on it this year, which smelled sweet, jasmine-like and wonderful, and lasted about 3 weeks. I was so impressed that I planted another one. This abelia flowers on old wood, so it should be pruned immediately after flowering if you choose to prune. If not pruned at all, it might have a somewhat uneven, slightly loose habit, so I do trim it for shape. It does have a pretty orange fall color. Need to be patient with this one, but it is worth it.

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 13 min ago
    • Easy maintenance, flowers are lovely but after 4 years, I don’t detect any aroma. Planted in full sun. 5’ tall after 4 years. I love it - wished the blooms would last longer.

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Second year there were almost no flowers, but the third year, it is full of blossom. Has survived the winter in a cold zone 5, and I am pleased with it. Deer do not seem interested in the mature leaves, bit I still protect it as insurance, when the leaves first sprout.

      NICOLA M
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • One of the best plant in my garden.

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
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