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Kaleidoscope Abelia

Kaleidoscope Abelia is a colorful shrub that will brighten any corner of your garden. The bright leaves would make an attractive plant even without the abundance of white flowers that decorate this shrub all summer long.

Compact in size, this little shrub packs a lot of punch. Many keep their leaves all winter long for year round interest. This abelia is easy to grow. Give it full sun for the best show. When leaves do fall off, the red stems provide winter interest.

The leaves don't scorch in hot weather and they retain their color all year. Most of the leaves will remain on the plant all winter long, even in cold regions. This will fast become a favorite in your garden.

Landscaping Ideas

Use Kaleidoscope Abelia as a specimen plant... its full color certainly grabs everyone's attention. Add it to a border, a fence line or foundation planting.

A stunning sight is several of these small shrubs planted together in a mass planting. Set it at the base of tall dark green evergreens or other dark foliage plants.

This small shrub is also ideal in a container. Set out matching ones by your front door or on your deck for an inviting look. The flowers set off the foliage even more all summer long with their pristine white petals.

Care and Planting

Plant your Kaleidoscope Abelia in full sun for the best color. It will grow in shade, but the colors just won't be as vibrant.

Prune as needed to maintain its shape. Flowers form on new wood, so pruning will not hurt your flower yield.

Feed your abelia early in the spring before new growth starts. Water regularly until well established, then the plant will be drought tolerant.

This plant prefers moist, loamy soil that is slightly acidic. If you want to maintain a shapely plant, shear it annually in the late winter.

Abelia Information

  • Scientific Name: Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained acidic soil

  • Light: Full sun to light shade for the best foliage color

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Colorful variegation of green and creamy yellow in spring and summer

  • Fall Color: Leaves add orange and red to the yellow and green, creating a spectacular foliage display

  • Bloom: : White funnel shaped flowers bloom all summer

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 2.5 feet tall and 3.5 feet wide in a low compact shape

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant the shrubs 5 feet apart to allow for ample growth potential

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