Miss Lemon abelia is a small shrub with dainty, glossy opposite leaves that are sharply pointed. The leaves have broad margins of buttercup yellow and the twigs are reddish. Numerous pink, bell-shaped flowers appear in spring and continue sporadically during the summer. As the petals fall, the tiny coral-pink calyxes continue to provide color. The foliage becomes burgundy in late fall and persists well into winter—it is evergreen in warmer climates. In the Chicago area, it should be planted in a sheltered situation.