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ABELIA x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Image of Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' PP16988

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Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ABELIA x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' PP16988

Plant Common Name

Glossy Abelia

General Description

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 green centers and a rosy orange-red blush cover 'Kaleidoscope' all year round. In cold weather, the foliage develops attractive orange and maroon hues. Flowering begins in late spring to early summer and will continue throughout summer and into fall, though the first flush is the heaviest. In frost-free climates the shrubs will flower into winter. The small, fragrant, tubular flowers are ivory to palest pink and borne in small clusters. After the flowers drop, the rosy calyces (flower bud leaves) remain and continue to add color and textural interest.

Sites with full to partial sun and acid to neutral, well-drained soil are preferred. Well-established plants exhibit exceptional drought tolerance, especially if planted in partial sun. Glossy abelia responds well to pruning, but selective pruning that will maintain the appealing habit of the shrub is recommended over shearing. Most cultivars can be easily propagated from cuttings. This popular landscape shrub has a neat appearance and works well in foundation plantings, mixed borders or mass plantings. It is also deer resistant and its flowers attract bees and butterflies.

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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • 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