Abelia x grandifloraAbelia x grandiflora

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Abelia x grandiflora
    a-BEE-lee-a  gran-di-FLOR-a
  • COMMON NAME: Glossy Abelia
  • FAMILY: Caprifoliaceae
  • NATIVITY: Hybrid cross developed in Italy.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Multi-stemmed, dense deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with arching branches.  Fast growing once established.  Easy to grow.
  • SIZE: 3 - 6'
  • HARDINESS: Zone 6 - 9.
  • CULTURE: Acid, well-drained moist soil.  Full sun to part shade.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: hedge Good as a hedge or as a foundation planting.  Bronze leaf color in fall/winter. 
  • FOLIAGE: (whorled) fall color  Opposite, shiny and dark green.  Small 1" long and 1/2" wide
  • BUDS: Small with two pairs of scales.
  • BARK: Reddish on newer wood.  Older wood peels in strings.
  • FLOWER:  Tubular white blooms with red sepals, over a prolonged period beginning in summer.
  • FRUIT: Not significant.
  • PROPAGATION: Cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.


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