Abelia × 'Edward Goucher'
Common name: 
Edward Goucher Abelia
Pronunciation: 
a-BE-li-a
Family: 
Caprifoliaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub, arching, branches often reddish.  Similar to Abelia × grandiflora from which it was derived, but slightly lower growing, 3-5 ft (0.9-1.5 m) tall, equal width.  Leaves simple, opposite (in whorls of 3 on new shoots), 2.5-4 cm long, half as wide, ovate, surface often bumpy, entire to dentate margin, dark green; purplish in fall.  Flowers funnel-shaped, 12-25 mm long, pink or violet, with 2 persisting sepals; 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 6    (Less hardy and shows more winter defoliation than Abelia × grandiflora.)
  • A hybrid between A. × grandiflora and A. schumannii. Developed by Edward Goucher at the USDA Station in Glen Dale, Maryland, raised in 1911.
  • Abelia: after Dr. Clark Abel (1780-1826), who introduced A. chinensis.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Gilkey Hall, north of main entrance; many other locations.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • leaves

    leaves

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • persistent calyx and leaves

    persistent calyx and leaves

  • leaves and flowers

    leaves and flowers

  • flowering shoots

    flowering shoots

  • leaves, comparison with  <i>Abelia</i> &#215; <i>grandiflora</i>

    leaves, comparison with Abelia × grandiflora

  • late winter

    late winter