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ABELIA x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

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Felder Rushing

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ABELIA x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

Plant Common Name

Edward Goucher Glossy Abelia, Glossy Abelia

General Description

Glossy abelia ‘Edward Goucher’ is a dense, rounded shrub grown for its masses of long-lasting flowers and lacy foliage. It is evergreen in the warmer climates, semi-evergreen in cooler areas. Glossy abelia ‘Edward Goucher’ leaves are very small, green, ovate with occasional small teeth. Foliage tinges purple, maroon or bronze in cold weather. The flowers cover the tips of the branches throughout the growing season in clusters of small, tubular, five-lobed, fragrant, pink-lavender flowers with orange throats. Edward Goucher is slightly more compact and less hardy than glossy abelia.

Plant glossy abelia in full sun to partial shade and acidic to neutral, well-drained soil. It has surprising drought tolerance in partly shady locations. Glossy abelia prunes well and is easily propagated by hardwood cuttings. A popular landscape shrub with beautiful, graceful branches which works well for foundation plantings, hedges or mass plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Pink, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Green, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No