Tres Amigos abelia with warm dark pink new growth and white flowers taking center stage.
Tiny leaves with elegant variegation on Tres Amigos abelia.
Tres Amigos abelia is potted in a white container in the garden.
A close view of a primarily yellow variegated foliage branch of Tres Amigos abelia.
A close view of a primarily pink variegated foliage branch of Tres Amigos abelia.

Tres Amigos™ Abelia

Colorful, but elegant! Soft bluish-green, pink, and cream come together in elegant, variegated foliage. Throughout the season, you’ll see subtle shifts in the main color; in spring the creamy yellow is most dominant and by summer the pink margins take front stage, accented by bold pink new growth. Tiny white, fragrant flowers appear all summer long complementing the interesting foliage show and drawing in pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Its continuous color and compact habit make it a great candidate for mass plantings, filling in a border or a foundation planting, and even for containers on balconies.

Why plant Tres Amigos™ abelia?

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

Additional information

Dimensions2 × 2 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Abelia x grandiflora</i> 'Mincautri' PP#33,457 ; CBRAF

Zone

6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

White

Foliage Color

Green, Pink, Variegated, Yellow

Height

2-3'

Width/Spread

3-5'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil

Average, Well-drained

Bloom Time

Summer to Frost

Uses

Borders, Containers, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland gardens

Features

Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Foliage interest, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Semi-evergreen

Breeder:

Pepinieres Minier
Minier Nurseries, Beaufort-en-Anjou, France

Blooms On

New wood

Plant Care

Light: Grows in full sun to part shade. 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. Funshine abelia blooms in summer on new wood.