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Abelia Sweet Emotion blooms in spring with the most amazing jasmine fragrance.
Abelia Sweet Emotion has pink buds and white flowers
Abelia Sweet Emotion flowers are particularly attractive to swallowtail butterflies
Abelia Sweet Emotion®
Abelia Sweet Emotion is hardy to zone 4

Abelia Sweet Emotion®

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Looking for something a little different for your butterfly garden? You’ve just found it! Sweet Emotion abelia is a very special shrub indeed. It’s unlike any other abelia for two reasons: one, it’s extremely hardy, thriving even in chilly USDA zone 4. And second, it blooms in spring with the most amazing jasmine fragrance. The plant was originally collected in Latvia several decades ago, and the plant geeks at Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs worked with it to bring out the bright pink in the flower buds, as well as a slightly smaller, more refined habit than the original.

The abundant flowers serve as a welcome meal for butterflies emerging from dormancy in spring, and swallowtail butterflies are especially attracted to it. It makes a fantastic specimen or hedge plant, in your butterfly garden or anywhere in your landscape.

Vital details:

Plant size: 5-6’ tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Water: Moderate moisture; tolerates dry conditions once established, but flowering is best when not stressed.

Hardiness: USDA zone 4-8 (Find your hardiness zone)

Flower color: White and pink

Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, especially swallowtails

Features: rare & unusual, proven winners, fragrant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, cold tolerant

Uses: Specimen, borders, hedge, landscaping, foundation planting

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Sweet Emotion® Abelia mosanensis ‘SMNAMDS’ pp#27,370, cbr#5937

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Victoria P.
Not thriving

I’ve pampered it since arrival but no new growth

Hello! Thank you for leaving feedback. When transplanting young plants from a nursery pot to a garden, the plant allocates more energy to root development instead of shoot development (above ground). It's important for them to develop a robust root system so they can actually absorb the nutrients and water in the soil around them. Then after their root system is more developed they'll invest in their shoots and flower development. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. We hope this helps. Happy Gardening!

Eric S.
Lost Order

Horrible. I never received the shipment the the Seller is non responsive

Hello! We have no record of an email from you. Please email us at or give us a call at 877-447-4769 and we will assist you immediately. Happy Gardening!

Slow grower but so fragrant

I bought Sweet Emotion 3 years ago. It seems to be a slow grower. This is the first year it has bloomed and it is wonderful, although only 18” tall so far. It is in sandy loam of fairly low fertility. However, it has survived well in zone 4 without zone cover and little winter precipitation. In fact, it survived the winter of 2021-2022 in which we had no precipitation and went into the winter dry. It is irrigated until late October but not again until May. Other plants died, including several shrubs. It also survived-30F in the winter of 2020-21. So far I’m happy!

Richard G.
Sweet Emotion® Abelia

The abelia have not grown. What are your thoughts?