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Kaleidoscope Abelia Linnaea x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ PP #16988

Previously known as:

  • Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’
Description

This shrub was discovered as a branch sport or mutation at a Piedmont North Carolina plant nursery. 'Kaleidoscope' offers great excitement to all gardeners. Its name alone indicates the range of color found on the foliage of this low, compact shrub. The plant changes color from a wonderful gold leaf margin in the spring that intensifies through summer, and bursts into shades of red, orange, yellow and green for late fall and winter. In addition to the fantastic foliage, this plant has numerous dainty white tubular flowers that emerge in summer.

Established plants are rather drought tolerant. 'Kaleidoscope' can be used in a variety of ways. Its low spreading growth habit makes this evergreen plant a perfect gound-covering shrub.  It does well in coastal gardens as an accent or container plant.  Prune in the winter.

Cultivars:
  • ‘Kaleidoscope’
Tags:
#bees#birds#pollinators#variegated#drought tolerant#foliage#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#variegated foliage#winter interest#fall interest#show stopper#accent plant#coastal#ncemgva2018
Cultivars:
  • ‘Kaleidoscope’
Tags:
#bees#birds#pollinators#variegated#drought tolerant#foliage#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#variegated foliage#winter interest#fall interest#show stopper#accent plant#coastal#ncemgva2018
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Abelia
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds butterflies and bees.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Dainty flowers are long-lasting
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Start as bright green, later become yellow with chartreuse centers. As they age they mellow to shades of gold and darker green. In the fall, they are a stunning yellow, orange and red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought