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Abelia Grandiflora

Abelia grandiflora is a deciduous shrub. It is semi-evergreen in most regions. Its tall arching branches are densely packed. The fast growth rate of this shrub makes it a great plant for anyplace you need to fill quickly.





In cold weather it can be killed to ground level, but its growth rate brings it right back in the spring.

The simple green leaves provide a good backdrop to the pinkish-white tube-shaped flowers. They are very fragrant. Flowers appear in May and continue all summer long. It blooms on new wood, so if it dies back or needs pruning this does not interrupt your flowers.

They attract butterflies. The berries that form in the fall are not very significant. Peeling bark offers fall interest after the bronze leaves fall. The shrub can look unkempt if you don't keep it trimmed. There are several cultivars available.

Landscaping Ideas

Abelia grandiflora is perfect for mass plantings or small groups. Use it for summer flowers or make a flowering hedge. This shrub is great for foundation plantings. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Plant them along the perimeter of your yard for a showy display all summer long that will form a screen wherever you need one. Plant it in a mixed shrub border with rhododendrons, viburnums or butterfly bushes. They look lovely in front of tall dark evergreens or in front of fences or walls.

Planting and Care

Abelia grandiflora is easily transplanted. It prefers well drained, moist soil that is acidic to neutral in pH. It grows equally well in full sun or partial shade. It can take heavy pruning. There are no serious pests that plague this shrub, which aids its reputation as an easy keeper. It can easily be propagated by cuttings.

Shear it every year to shape it if needed. Feed it early in the spring before new growth begins. Prune in winter for the best results. Pruning will not harm the flowering ability of this shrub, as it blooms exclusively on new growth.

Abelia Information

  • Scientific Name: Abelia x grandiflora

  • Best Soil: Moist, well drained soil, but tolerates damp, clay and dry soils

  • Light: Sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast

  • Foilage: Glossy green, slightly serrated; semi- evergreen

  • Fall Color: Bronze in winter

  • Bloom:Bell shaped, pinkish-white; blooms summer to fall

  • Mature Size and Shape: to 6 feet high and 6 feet wide; mounded and arching shape

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 5 feet apart for hedges



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