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Glossy Abelia Linnaea x grandiflora

Previously known as:

  • Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora
  • Abelia x grandiflora
Phonetic Spelling
LIN-ay-ee-uh gran-dih-FLOR-uh
Description

Abelia is a hardy, drought and erosion tolerant, easy to grow shrub that is evergreen to semi-evergreen. Depending on the cultivar, they can grow 2 to 6 feet with a similar spread. It flowers on new growth from late spring into fall and early winter.   It has a persistent ornamental calyx that is reddish-bronze and lasts for months. The new growth and fall foliage is reddish-bronze. To prevent legginess, prune back as needed in late winter before new growth appears.    

Quick ID Hints:

  • May be 3-4 leaves per node on reddish new growth
  • Leaves have reticulate venation, are opposite
  • Bell-shaped, white flowers; persistent reddish calyx
  • Small shrub with exfoliating bark
See this plant in the following landscapes:
Foundation Planting- West Side of House
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Canyon Creek', 'Edward Goucher', 'Francis Mason', 'Hopleys', 'Kaleidoscope', 'Little Richard', 'Mardis Gras', 'Prostrata', 'Radiance', 'Rose Creek', 'Ruby Anniversery', 'Silver Anniversary', 'Sunrise', 'Sunshine Daydream'
Tags:
#purple#gold#fragrant#hummingbirds#red#white#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#fall color#partial shade#bark#drought tolerant#lavender#green#easy to grow#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#salt tolerant#fall interest#air pollution tolerant#cpp#glossy#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Canyon Creek', 'Edward Goucher', 'Francis Mason', 'Hopleys', 'Kaleidoscope', 'Little Richard', 'Mardis Gras', 'Prostrata', 'Radiance', 'Rose Creek', 'Ruby Anniversery', 'Silver Anniversary', 'Sunrise', 'Sunshine Daydream'
Tags:
#purple#gold#fragrant#hummingbirds#red#white#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#fall color#partial shade#bark#drought tolerant#lavender#green#easy to grow#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#salt tolerant#fall interest#air pollution tolerant#cpp#glossy#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Linnaea
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    This shrub is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought, pollution, deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 6 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Leathery, one-seeded achene; non-ornamental. Hybrid of Abelia chinensis x Abelia uniflora
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small bell flowers appear in groups of 2-5 in cymes in the upper leaf axils and stem ends. Color ranges from whites to pinks depending on the cultivar. Persistent reddish calyces into winter.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Slippery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3-4 leaves per node. Glossy leaves, emerge reddish and mature to dark green then turn bronze-green to bronze-red in winter. Reticulate venations; acute, cuneate to rounded base.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Peeling
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Pubescent, reddish-brown young stems mature to exfoliating, splitting bark, revealing lighter inner bark
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Salt
    Urban Conditions