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Overview

Abelia grandiflora, also known as Abelia, is a shrub that is used as an ornamental plant in landscaping. It grows well in much of the United States and tolerates a variety of soil conditions. It is relatively care-free plant. Abelia's flowers and autumn foliage provide a colorful accent to a garden or yard

Features

Abelia's foliage consists of simple, dark green leaves that are up to 1 1/2 inches long. The leaves turn red-bronze in winter. The flower is white with light purple tinge, small and trumpet-shaped with a slight fragrance. The plant flowers from early summer until the first frost.

Growth Habits

The plant's growth is medium to fast, averaging between 13 and 24 inches per year, and sometimes more under optimal conditions. Abelia will grow in hardiness zones 6 through 9.

Form

Abelia has a roughly rounded shape and grows 3-6 feet high and 3-6 feet wide. The form can be compact or loose and the texture of the plant is fine to medium.

Culture

The plant tolerates full sun to partial shade. The best soils should be moist and well draining, though Abelia will tolerate heavier clay soils. Occasional pruning can help prevent the plant from getting "leggy."

Cultivars

Smaller cultivars of Abelia include "Compacta," with pinkish flowers; "Confetti," which tops out at 3 feet and has creamy flower margins and dark pink centers; "Little Richard," with white flowers and a dense mound; and "Sunrise," which shows a gold margin on its leaves. Larger cultivars include "Sherwood," a densely formed variety; "Edward Goucher," with orange-throated flowers; and "Frances Mason," which can grow up to 8 feet tall.

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Located in Jacksonville, Fla, Frank Whittemore has been a writer and content strategist for over 15 years, providing corporate communications services to Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics that stem from his fascination with nature, the environment, science, medicine and technology.