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Abelia x grandiflora

Common Name(s):
Glossy abelia
'Edward Goucher' (more compact), 'Canyon Creek', 'Kaleidoscope', 'Little Richard', 'Mardis Gras', 'Rose Creek', 'Silver Anniversary'

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.
easy to grow, purple, gold, pollinator, fragrant, hummingbirds, lavender, fall, salt tolerant, white, deer resistant, evergreen, pink, sun, fall color, wildlife, leaves, flowers, cpp, pollution, green, partial shade, bark, drought tolerant, red

NCCES plant id: 1397

Abelia x grandiflora Abelia x grandiflora blooms
Leonora Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' A. x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' A. x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' foliage
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Abelia x grandiflora Persistent caylx
James Gaither, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0