Abelia 'Edward Goucher'
Edward Goucher Abelia
- Broadleaf evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub, arching, branches often reddish. Similar to Abelia × grandiflora from which it was derived, but slightly lower growing, 3-5 ft (0.9-1.5 m) tall, equal width. Leaves simple, opposite (in whorls of 3 on new shoots), 2.5-4 cm long, half as wide, ovate, surface often bumpy, entire to dentate margin, dark green; purplish in fall. Flowers funnel-shaped, 12-25 mm long, pink or violet, with 2 persisting sepals; blooms in summer and into fall.
- Sun (best) to part shade, acid peaty soil. Easily grown. Often used as a hedge.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 (Less hardy and shows more winter defoliation than Abelia × grandiflora.)
- A hybrid between A. × grandiflora and A. schumannii. Developed by Edward Goucher at the USDA Station in Glen Dale, Maryland, raised in 1911.
- Abelia: after Dr. Clark Abel (1780-1826), who introduced A. chinensis.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Gilkey Hall, north of main entrance; many other locations.