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Cultural Details for Abelia x grandiflora

Common Name:
Glossy Abelia

Growth Rate:
Medium to Fast

Average Mature Height:
3-6' (has been seen up to 8’ in the South) spreading/dense/rounded wider than tall

Average Mature Width:
3-6' (lower end of range in North)

Flower Details:
White-flushed pink, funnel-shaped, 1" long-half as wide, throat 5 lobed, slightly fragrant, 2-5 together in leafy panicles at end of lateral branches, 0.75" long sepals (2-5 per flower) develop rose-purple tinge, persist late summer-early winter-to spring

Fruit Details:
One-seeded, leathery achene with no ornamental value; plant may be essentially sterile

Fall Color:
Bronze-green to bronze-red to bronze-purple in late fall and into winter

Bark Details:
Young-pubescent, reddish purple to reddish brown, fine textured appearance, older stem-exfoliating and split to expose light inner bark, bark peeling in string-like threads, leaf scars connected by a stipular line.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious but leaf spots, mildew, root rots have been reported, aphids are a problem on soft, succulent growth.

Native Habitat:
Hybrid of 2 Chinese species, Abelia chinensis × A. uniflora

Other Features:
Excellent medium-fine textural effects in all seasons. Semi-evergreen, handsome in flower, use as bank cover, mass or facing plant, hedge in south; combines well with broadleaf evergreens; safest in zone 6 or south; requires no chemical inputs.

Culture and Care:
Easily grown, transplant B&B/container; acid, well-drained, moist soil; chlorosis in high pH; sun to half shade; damaged in severe winter-needs proper siting; prune dead wood in North; shade tolerance literature indicates; OK under red maple.

This plant was blooming:
6/3/2010 - 8/20/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 4

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.