Meaning of abelia in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbiːlɪə/


  • An East Asian shrub of the honeysuckle family, typically having small tubular pink or white flowers.

    Genus Abelia, family Caprifoliaceae

    ‘Summer- and fall-blooming shrubs include such plants as abelia, beautyberry, butterfly bush, rose of Sharon, crepe myrtle and summersweet.’
    • ‘Protect garden beds exposed to the wind with a hedge of glossy abelia.’
    • ‘The glossy abelia, a hybrid derived from species native to China, is the most commonly cultivated form.’
    • ‘First, it was the abelia that got a careful pruning to encourage it to arch over the steps to the front door.’
    • ‘Cut leafless stems of rose and abelia into 10-inch lengths and set them directly in the propagation bed or container.’


Modern Latin; named after Clarke Abel (1780–1826), English botanist.