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Abelia Edward Goucher

Abelia Edward Goucher is an attractive, semi-evergreen shrub featuring graceful arching branches. Small pink flowers adorn it all summer long. This plant attracts butterflies to your garden. It makes an eye-catching display.

This semi-compact shrub is part of the honeysuckle family. It blooms on new wood, so pruning can be done whenever necessary. Cold temperatures may cause some damage to the stems of the plant in northern regions.

New growth will replace the old growth every spring. Plant alongside shrubs with dark green foliage to really set it off nicely. Its loose growth habit softens corners and pathways.

Landscaping Ideas

Abelia 'Edward Goucher' makes an excellent hedge plant. It is also useful along foundations or fence lines. Showy pink flowers put on quite a display all summer long. Its attractive purple-bronze fall color makes it interesting most of the year.

It is deer resistant, so it makes a good choice in areas plagued by these animals.

These plants make an excellent screen or mass planting shrub. There are no thorns to worry about, which makes maintenance easy. Flowers are fragrant, so plant it where you can enjoy the scent as well as the visual appeal.

Care Of and Planting Tips

Plant your Abelia 'Edward Goucher' in a sunny to semi-sunny location. While it will grow well in shade it will not bloom well and the growth will become leggy. It may remain green all winter or turn a bronze-purple color. At zero degrees, the shrub will die back to the ground and regrow the next spring.

Feed in early spring before new growth begins. Water regularly until the plant is well established. Once established, it will become drought tolerant.

Even if you like the look of unpruned Abelia, after a few years thinning is truly needed or all the plant's energy will be put towards maintaining that thick tangle of stems and you will lose some of your flowers. A quick thinning out and your flower count will increase greatly.

Abelia Edaward Goucher Information

  • Scientific Name: Abelia x 'Edward Goucher'

  • Best Soil: Well drained, moist soil; it can be drought tolerant once established

  • Light: Full to partial sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Glossy green simple leaves

  • Fall Color: Semi-evergreen in warmer areas; purplish bronze in cooler areas

  • Bloom: Pink, tubular flowers from May to September

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide in an arching form

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9

  • Plant Spacing: Space plants 4 to 6 feet apart for hedges, screens or foundation plantings

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