Abelia × grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ PBR
The foliage of this almost whimsical abelia is transformed by a kaleidoscope of colors over the course of spring, summer, & fall. In early spring the leaves unfold with a bright yellow edge and light green center and then mature to a variegation of darker green and golden to creamy yellow. As autumn progresses splashes of red, orange, golden yellow, and green take center stage. A profusion of lightly scented white flowers attract bees & butterflies from summer through fall.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: blue, burgundy, purple
Great Color Partners: red, yellow
Culture NotesPlant in full sun for the greatest effect on the foliage, but it will tolerate light shade. For the best growth plant this shrub in a rich soil, although it will do fine in clay or sandy soils as long as they are well-drained. Water occasionally - every 10 to 14 days during dry periods or regularly - once per week - for more lush growth. While generally a compact plant, if an occasional water-sprout pops up, it may be pruned to keep a neater appearance.
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Plant Type: compact shrub
Foliage Type: semi-evergreen
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering or regularly for more lush growth and flowers