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Glossy Abelia

Scientific name: Abelia grandiflora

Type:Evergreen shrubs
Plant Requirements
Zone:6 to 9
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:6 ft
Width:6 ft
Bloom:Summer flowers
Bloom Time:May to October
Bloom Color:Pink
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description As a member of the honeysuckle family, glossy abelia is raised as an evergreen, spreading shrub known for its profusion of faded pink bloom which appear from late spring into the fall right up to the time of the first area frost.

Glossy abelia grows quickly to a height and spread of 6’ tall and as wide forming a multi-stemmed shrub. It bears 1” to 1.5” long leaves arranged oppositely on long, gracefully arching red colored stems. In the fall the leaves turn bronze-green to bronze-red.

In late spring white, funnel-shaped 1” long flowers begin to appear. As the flowers age they develop a purple-pink tinge. Flowers can be identified by having 5 sepals. These are considered showy, as well as fragrant.

This shrub can be raised in sun to partial shade. It prefers a moist, well-drained acid peat site but tolerates clay, damp, or dry soil. Often used as an in-formal hedge. On sloping sites it can be planted in a mass to help reduce erosion.

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