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ABELIA x grandiflora (BRONZE ANNIVERSARY™)

Image of Abelia x grandiflora 'Rika1' (BRONZE ANNIVERSARY™) PPAF

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ABELIA x grandiflora 'Rika1'(BRONZE ANNIVERSARY™) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Bronze Anniversary™ Abelia, Glossy Abelia

General Description

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 turn shades of orange and maroon. 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 showy clusters of small, tubular, ivory flowers are produced at the branch ends. 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, 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'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

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

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Orange, Light Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Orange, Dark Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Dark Green, Burgundy, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Burgundy, Copper, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Red, Tan, Brown

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No