Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
ABELIA x grandiflora
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 in the first flush of the season. The ivory blooms are small, tubular, and fragrant and subtended by persistent rosy pink five-parted calyces. There are many glossy abelia cultivars which vary in size and foliage color.
Abelia prefers sites with full to partial sun and acid to neutral, well-drained soil. It is surprisingly drought tolerant, especially when planted in partial sun, and takes well to pruning, though it has a beautiful natural habit. This popular landscape shrub has a neat appearance and works well in foundation plantings, mixed borders or mass plantings. It is deer resistant and its flowers attract bees and butterflies.
9 - 6
6 - 9
H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m
3'-12' / 0.9m - 3.7m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink
Light Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze
Red, Dark Green
Dark Green, Burgundy, Dark Red
Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze
Tan, Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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