A genus of some 15 species of shrubs, small to medium in size, semi-evergreen to deciduous, arching, and densely branched. Leaves opposite or in threes, entire or toothed, with a short petiole. Flowers small but numerous, 1-8 per cluster (cyme), persistent calyx. Fruit a 1 seeded achene. Native to China, Japan, Himalaya, and Mexico (e.g., A. floribunda).
Abelia: Named after Clarke Abel (1780-1826) who discovered A. chinensis.
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