- Abelia francis mason can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with paired or whorled leaves and axillary or terminal clusters of funnel-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers in summer and autumn, sometimes with conspicuous, colourful calyces
- Abelia francis mason is a semi-evergreen shrub with lance-shaped yellow leaves centrally blotched with dark green, and clusters of funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, pale pink flowers from mid summer
- The glossy Abelia ‘Francis Mason’ is a dense, rounded shrub admired for its masses of long-lasting flowers and vibrant variegated foliage.
- It is evergreen in the warmer climates and semi-evergreen in its northernmost hardiness zones where winters are cold.
The ovate leaves of this selection are small and yellow-green with bright yellow edges. These are copper-hued when they first emerge in spring and turn brownish bronze in the cold of winter.
- Many flowers cover the branches through the growing season. The fragrant pink blooms are small, tubular and borne in clusters. ‘Frances Mason’ is slightly more compact and less vigorous than standard glossy Abelia.
- Plant Abelia francis mason in full sun to partial shade and acid to neutral, well-drained soil. It has surprising drought tolerance in partly shady locations.
- This resilient shrub responds well to pruning and is easily propagated by hardwood cuttings.
- A popular landscape shrub with beautiful, graceful branches which works well for foundation plantings, hedges or mass plantings.