(Canyon Creek Abelia, Hybrid Abelia)
The popular hybrid abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ is an attractive shrub with a rounded spreading habit. It was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia and was chosen as an open pollinated seedling of Abelia chinensis, so its exact parentage is unknown.
The leaves of this semi-evergreen shrub are copper pink when they emerge in spring, mature to yellow-green and revert to a copper rose color from fall through winter. Small, mildly fragrant flowers of pink and white begin to appear...
(Hybrid Abelia, Mardi Gras Abelia)
Colorful in its foliage, whether just emerging or mature, Mardi Gras abelia is a great compact shrub selection! The popular shrub with a low, mounding habit was selected from a mutant branch on an Abelia chinensis with Abelia x grandiflora hybrid plant.
The leaves of this semi-evergreen shrub are pink when they emerge in spring, mature to green with a white variegated edge and revert to a coppery color from fall through winter. They grow upon stems that are red-copper....
Gerald L. Klingaman
This underused Asian native is a broad, upright semi-evergreen shrub with arching branches. Chinese abelia is not often seen in the landscape but has many admirable features.
It is primarily grown for the clusters of fragrant flowers that appear on its fuzzy red-hued branches in late summer. The small tubular blooms are white and subtended by five-parted dusty rose sepals. Its small leaves emerge burgundy red, transition to glossy dark green and turn shades of rosy dark green in winter.
Abelia floribunda is a medium sized, arching, evergreen to semi-evergreen, broadleaf shrub native to Mexico. In early summer abundant clusters of cherry-pink, trumpet-shaped, drooping flowers adorn the length of its branches (sparser re-bloom may occur). It prefers sun (with some afternoon shade in hotter climates) and fertile, well-drained soil, and is good for dressing up a wall or grouping with other shrubs.
Gerald L. Klingaman
Glossy abelia is a dense, rounded shrub with arching branches. It is primarily grown for its masses of long-lasting flowers but is a handsome shrub regardless. This hybrid of Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora is evergreen in warmer climates and semi-evergreen farther north.
Its small, ovate leaves are glossy and dark green. In cold weather, they become tinged with maroon or bronze. Small clusters of flowers cover the branch tips throughout the growing season but are heaviest...
(Compact Glossy Abelia, Glossy Abelia)
This compact form of the popular glossy abelia is vigorous and ideal for smaller garden spaces. It is also tough, tolerant of urban conditions, and attracts loads of bees and butterflies while in bloom.
Glossy abelia is a dense, rounded shrub with arching branches. It is primarily grown for its masses of long-lasting flowers, pleasing habit and glossy foliage. This hybrid of Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora is evergreen in warmer climates and semi-evergreen in its northernmost...