Although this pretty little Chinese evergreen shrub is hardy in Texas, it is not hardy around New York, but it survives our winters very well in a cold frame. With me it blooms from late summer on through autumn and winter, and the color of its flowers is from nearly white to pale rose, but its foliaceous segments are usually more deeply tinted than is the corolla. The Mexican species, A. floribunda, has larger and showier but fewer flowers and they are of a purplish-red color. But this little abelia is only one among many choice shrubs; for instance, tea plant, pittosporum, Magnolia fuscata, and three-leaved berberis, that the good people of that lovely country, between the Brazos and Colorado, enjoy as common garden shrubs and which we have to grow as greenhouse and pit plants, in winter at least.