Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3.5' Width/Spread: 3-5'

You’ll be pleased to make the acquaintance of Mucho Gusto abelia. This tidy, easy-care shrub brings the color and pizazz of variegated foliage to your landscape or garden, providing color from spring through fall. It’s especially nice for brightening up shady spots. In summer, it is in bloom continuously, with fragrant white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Like other abelias, it’s heat tolerant and deer resistant. Little to no pruning is required, though it may be shaped if you wish.

Why plant Mucho Gusto™ abelia?

  • Constant color
  • Tough, easy-care plant
  • Compact habit


Light: Grows in full sun to Part Sun. It can grow in full shade, but foliage color will be a bit muddier and blooming will be limited.

Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do.

Water: Average water needs. Established plants tolerate some drought, but flowering may decrease and foliage color fade if severely stressed.

Fertilizing: No special fertilizer needs. If desired, apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring.

Pruning: Thanks to its neat, round habit, little pruning is required. If you wish, you may prune to shape in late winter/early spring. Mucho Gusto abelia blooms in summer on new wood.


Botanical Name

Abelia grandiflora 'Muabd' PPAF, CBRAF


6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green, Variegated, White






Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Containers, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting


Attracts pollinators, Foliage interest, Fragrant


Valérie Pouillart

Blooms On

New wood

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