Abelia xgrandiflora - Glossy Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora

Glossy Abelia

Semi-evergreen glossy leaves. Bright white fragrant flowers held on graceful arching branches from June to frost. Reddish-pink bracts remain through the fall and winter. New foliage in bronze in early spring. Great foundation shrub.

Height: 6-10 Feet
Spread: 8-10 Feet
Zone: 6-9
Color: White

Glossy Abelia Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Full sun to part shade
Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Summer
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Drought Tolerant
Accent Plant
Border
Rock Garden
Mass Planting
Evergreen
Container
Wildflower Garden
Specimen Planting
Roadside Planting
Fragrant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Early Spring
Winter
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Fall
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Glossy Abelia

Prune min-winter to early spring any long shoots that spoil the overall shape of the bush.

Interesting Notes

Semi-evergreen glossy leaves. Bright white fragrant flowers held on graceful arching branches from June to frost. Reddish-pink bracts remain through the fall and winter. New foliage in bronze in early spring.

About Abelia (Glossy Abelia)

Family: Caprifoliaceae ·

Green glossy leaves about 1/2 to 1 inch long that are bronzy in spring and fall.  White tubular or bell-shaped flowers often tinged pink bloom in terminal clusters from June through September.  Flowers, although they are small, are extremely fragrant. When blooms drop, they usually leave purplish or copper-colored sepals that provide color into the fall months.

Evergreen to 15 degrees F, cultivars range in size from 18" to 6-8 feet.  To keep the shrub’s graceful form, prune selectively; don’t shear. The more stems you cut to the ground in winter or early spring, the more open and arching next year's growth will be. Abelias are adaptable plants, useful in shrub borders, as space dividers and visual barriers, and near house walls; lower kinds are good bank or ground covers.

The most popular cultivars are a cross between two chinese chinese species yielding Albelia x grandiflora 'Cultivar'. The genus is named for Dr. Clarke Abel who accompanied Lord Amherst on an expidition to China in 1817.