Abelia x grandiflora
- Common Name(s):
- Glossy abelia
- 'Edward Goucher' (more compact), 'Canyon Creek', 'Kaleidoscope', 'Little Richard', 'Mardis Gras', 'Rose Creek', 'Silver Anniversary', 'Twist of Lime'
This is a drought tolerant, hardy easy to grow shrub. It flowers on new growth in late spring-early summer and continues 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. It can be severely pruned back and transplants easily. The bark is attractive and peeling. 'Edward Goucher' is slightly more compact, 3-5' with lavender-pink flowers. This plant is slightly salt tolerant and it tolerates air pollution.
Wildlife Value: This shrub is attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and is resistant to damage by deer.
Insect, Disease, and Other Plant Problems: No serious pest or disease problems.
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
Compare this species to: Kolkwitzia amabilis
- 3-6 ft.
- 0.7 to 1.5 in. glossy dark green leaves; opposite, simple; ovate, dentate, acute, cuneate to rounded base, 1.5-6.5 cm; reticulate venations; young leaves reddish maturing to glossy green, paler beneath; turns bronze-green to bronze-red in winter
- White, funnel-shaped 0.75 to 1 in. flowers from early summer to frost; develops a light purple-pink tinge; free flowering; slightly fragrant
- Sun to partial shade; prefers acidic moist, well-drained site but tolerates clay, damp, or dry soil.
- Medium to fine
- Spreading, dense, rounded, multi-stemmed shrub; arching branches; can become leggy
- 3-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1397