(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....
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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.
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...
The brilliant, variegated foliage of 'Kaleidoscope' is a visual knockout! This compact glossy abelia is less than half the size of standard types and blooms vigorously throughout the growing season. This cultivar was discovered by Randy Lindsey of Locust, North Carolina, as a branch sport of the compact selection, 'Little Richard.' Like all glossy abelia, it is evergreen in warmer climates and semi-evergreen further north where winters are consistently cold.
Small, glossy, yellow leaves with...
(Bronze Anniversary™ Abelia, Glossy Abelia)
The compact glossy abelia, Bronze Anniversary™ ('Rika1'), produces lots of showy flower clusters that shine against its bronzy orange leaves that mature to bright green. Abelia x grandiflora is the result of the cross between Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora and is evergreen in warmer climates and semi-evergreen in chiller areas.
The small, oval leaves of Bronze Anniversary™ offer their best color when they first emerge and in cold weather when they...