Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 4-6' Width/Spread: 4-6'

Fragrant, colorful, and durable, Ruby Anniversary abelia is an excellent flowering shrub for landscapes and gardens. New growth emerges in shades of ruby-red, and in late summer, it burst forth with sweetly fragrant white blooms that cause veritable battles between hummingbirds and butterflies. This shade tolerant, deer resistant plant is perfect for landscape applications like hedges and foundation plantings, as well as bringing more flower power to gardens and perennial borders. Ruby Anniversary is one of the hardiest abelias, expanding the range of this useful flowering shrub down to USDA zone 5.

Why grow Ruby Anniversary abelia?

  • Fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Colorful foliage keeps it intriguing, spring through frost
  • Deer resistant and shade tolerant
This variety is no longer available; the information on this page is for reference only. Please view the similar plants below for substitutes.


Light: Grow in full to part sun for best flowering. Can grow in shady spots (less than four hours of sun/day) but flowering and fragrance will be diminished.
Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do.
Water: Average water needs. Drought tolerant once established, but if severely stressed, flower production will be negatively impacted.
Fertilizer: No special fertilizer needs. If desired, apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring.
Pruning: May be pruned to shape in late winter/early spring if desired. Ruby Anniversary abelia blooms in summer on new wood.

Botanical Name

Abelia chinensis 'Keiser' PP#21,632


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Cutting Gardens, Foundations, Mass Planting


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Foliage interest, Long blooming

Blooms On

New wood


Susan Keiser

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