Abelia × grandiflora
a-BE-li-a × gran-di-FLO-ra
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, arching, 3-6(8) ft [0.9-1.8(2.4) m] tall, equal width, new stems reddish.
Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, 2.5-4 cm long, glossy, dark green, turning bronze-red in winter.
Flowers white, flushed with pink, somewhat fragrant, funnel-shaped, 12-25 mm long, usually with 5
sepals that persist; 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 (5) 6 Hybrid of A. chinensis [introduced by Clarke Abel (1780-1826)] and A. uniflora.
- Some of the common cultivars include:
- Francis Mason - yellowish leaves, pinkish-white flowers
- Kaleidoscope - leaves variegated; yellow with a green center, white flowers.
- Prostrata - low growing, deciduous, white flowers,
- Sherwoodi - dense and compact, small leaves, white flowers
- Sunrise - yellow margin, white-pink flowers
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast Women's Building, along sidewalk, many other campus locations.