Abelia × grandiflora
Common name: 
Glossy Abelia
Pronunciation: 
a-BE-li-a × gran-di-FLO-ra
Family: 
Caprifoliaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, arching, 3-6(8) ft [0.9-1.8(2.4) m] tall, equal width, new stems reddish.   Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, 2.5-4 cm long, some teeth on margin, glossy dark green color, turning bronze-red in winter.   Flowers white, flushed with pink, somewhat fragrant, funnel-shaped, 12-25 mm long, usually with 5 sepals that persist (good for identification); 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 (5) 6    Hybrid of A. chinensis [introduced by Clarke Abel (1780-1826)] and A. uniflora.
  • Some of the common cultivars include:
    • ‘Francis Mason’ - yellowish leaves, pinkish-white flowers
    • ‘Kaleidoscope’ - leaves variegated; yellow with a green center, white flowers.
    • ‘Prostrata’ - low growing, deciduous, white flowers,
    • ‘Sherwoodi’ - dense and compact, small leaves, white flowers
    • ‘Sunrise’ - yellow margin, white-pink flowers
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast Women's Building, along sidewalk, many other campus locations.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • leaves

    leaves

  • flowers and persistent sepals

    flowers and persistent sepals

  • leaves and flowers

    leaves and flowers

  • flowering shoots, comparison

    flowering shoots, comparison

  • leaves, comparison with  <i>Abelia</i>&nbsp;'Edward Goucher'

    leaves, comparison with Abelia 'Edward Goucher'