Abelia × grandiflora

glossy abelia

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Outstanding Qualities

Dainty white flushed pink flowers, tubular-shaped and about 1/2 inch-long, have a light and refreshing fragrance and they are highly attractive to pollinators. The flowering season is long, from early summer to late autumn. The glossy leaves emerge with a red tinge in springtime and mature to dark green on a multi-stemmed shrub with upright gracefully arching branches.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped shrub

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering or regularly for more lush growth and flowers

Seasonal Interest: early summer to late autumn flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: aphids, slug, snail, deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: green, pink, purple

Culture Notes
Plant these shrubs in full sun or light shade for the best flowering. Plants prefer rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate poor compacted soils and clay. Water occasionally - every 10 to 14 days during dry periods or regularly - once per week - for more lush growth. Abelia grows by producing strong upright arching canes that will flower heavily over the first three to four years. Allow these strong growing arching canes to grow and selectively prune out the older twiggy branches, especially near the ground.
Geek Notes
Glossy abelia is a hybrid of Abelia chinensis by A. uniflora, both native to China. The genus name honors Dr. Clarke Abel (1780-1826). He was chief medical officer and naturalist to the Embassy of Lord Amherst to the Court of Peking, and in Canton (1816-1817).