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Abelia × grandiflora

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

glossy abelia

Family

Caprifoliaceae


Abelia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with paired or whorled leaves and axillary or terminal clusters of funnel-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers in summer and autumn, sometimes with conspicuous, colourful calyces

A. × grandiflora is a medium-sized semi-evergreen shrub to 3m, with arching branches, bearing small glossy oval leaves and clusters of pale pink, slightly fragrant flowers over a long period from mid-summer

Synonym(s)

  • Abelia rupestris misapplied
  • Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora
  • Abelia zanderi misapplied

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Very easy to grow in reasonable conditions although not fully hardy; requires a sheltered, sunny position

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. May need hard pruning (Pruning Group 6) every 3 to 4 years

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free